Organic food maker putting administration into a single location.
SANTA ROSA, PETALUMA – Amy’s Kitchen has signed a lease for a 30,000-square-foot space in Petaluma and will begin moving its 85-member administrative staff from Santa Rosa this week. According to co-founder and President Andy Berliner, the sales, marketing, financial and customer service departments were scattered among four locations near the Santa Rosa processing plant.
“We needed to consolidate, and after looking in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Petaluma, we found a great deal on a sublease in Petaluma,” he said. The building Amy’s is taking was formerly occupied by a mortgage lender. The move is a homecoming of sorts. Amy’s was founded in Petaluma in 1987, with just five employees.
Amy’s Kitchen, which has manufacturing operations in Santa Rosa and Medford, Ore., currently employs about 1,700, including 1,000 in Sonoma County.
The organic food producer has enjoyed 20 percent to 25 percent growth over the last five years, but revenues flattened out during the last fiscal year.
“During our recent growth period, we built up a lot of overhead. We’re grateful that we’ve stabilized rather than going downhill,” said Mr. Berliner.