HAYWARD, Calif. – Columbus Foods and Harris Ranch are partners in deli meat production.

The two companies invested $10 million to develop a deli meat processing facility with an initial production capacity of 25 million lbs. of deli meat cooking and processing. Production capacity can be expanded to add another 50 million lbs. with minimal disruption to operations.

“Columbus’ deli cooking facility in South San Francisco is landlocked and necessitated we find a solution to provide for capacity expansion on our branded deli meat growth,” said Timothy Fallon, CEO and president at Columbus Foods. “By partnering with Harris Ranch we’re well-positioned to continue to provide the quality and taste that consumers and our retail customers expect from Columbus and meet continued growth in the coming years.”

Columbus Foods and Harris Ranch spent a year planning, testing and duplicating Columbus Foods' deli meat recipes within its new Bayfront facility. Columbus Foods announced in May a $28 million investment in the Bayfront plant.

“Like Columbus, Harris Ranch is dedicated to producing the highest-quality products with the utmost dedication to food safety,” said David Wood, chairman and CEO of Harris Ranch Beef Company. “This is a good fit for both of our companies – and the synergies between Harris Ranch and Columbus will ensure a seamless production transition.”