Badia Spaces uses county-awarded funds to grow
Written by Rebecca San Juan on January 31, 2019
Badia Spices representative Lori A. Conduris says the organization is using county funds awarded in October to grow. Ms. Conduris didn’t elaborate on what stage the expansion is in and Badia Spices turned down the opportunity to provide further comments.
The funds are meant to pay for a distribution center close to its Doral headquarters at 1400 NW 93rd Ave. The company purchased 2.72 acres from Lagunita Holdings at 2101 NW 82nd Ave. and promises to spend about $1 million in renovating the 54,361-square-foot center.
County commissioners approved the company to receive a maximum of $9.5 million in 2018 from taxable industrial development revenue bonds.
The company first started with Cuban exile José Badía selling spices and herb mixtures from paper funnels on the beaches of Miami-Dade. The company today is headed by his son, Joseph “Pepe” Badía, who oversees Badia Spices sold across the nation by distributors that include Amazon, Publix, Sedano’s, Walmart and Winn-Dixie.
The company also sells its products to other 70-plus countries.