Nutiva, the world’s leading brand of organic hemp foods, coconut oil and chia seeds, announced that on September 1, 2012, it will move its corporate headquarters from Oxnard, in Southern California, to Point Richmond, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having outgrown its home base due to an enormous rise in product sales over the last several years, Nutiva will plant roots in a 200,000-square-foot building—10 times larger than its current locale.
The move comes amid increased mainstream market demand for organic superfoods, doubling Nutiva’s sales over the past 90 days on top of a 42 percent annual growth rate since 2005. Inc. Magazine has named Nutiva one of the fastest growing companies in America for the last three years in a row.
“With the surge of demand for Nutiva’s organic superfoods, we needed to expand our headquarters to prepare to meet the projected growth,” said Nutiva founder and CEO John W. Roulac. “Point Richmond is an ideal location for us, providing ample space for stocking product and increasing our team.”
The Bay Area is a popular location for other brands in the market, having the highest concentration of organic food companies in the world. Nutiva’s new headquarters is centrally located, has rail car access, and is only 16 miles from the Port of Oakland, the most central West Coast port. The new locale will allow Nutiva to set up a state-of-the art high-speed manufacturing facility and also expand its private label business.
Nutiva is adding 50 new employees to its team, including a group of seasoned executives who have previous experience with such top brands as Amy's, Spectrum Naturals, Calistoga Water, Real Goods Solar, and the Audubon Society.
Reaffirming its commitment to giving back to community, Nutiva is partnering with Common Vision to plant a fruit tree orchard at every one of the 25 public schools in Richmond. Common Vision has already planted 5,000 fruit trees at over 200 public schools throughout California.
“We are thrilled for the company’s move to Richmond, and to work with them to grow thousands of pounds of fresh organic fruit for the youth in this town,” said Common Vision Director Leo Buc.
Additionally, Nutiva is a long-time supporter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and donates 1 percent of its sales to worthy sustainable-agriculture projects. This year Nutiva is on track to give away $400,000.
Nutiva’s new headquarters will be located at 213 W. Cutting Boulevard in Point Richmond, California.