AOC named Goya Foods’ ‘Employee of the Month’, After Company Sees 1,000% Sales Spike
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was named “employee of the month” at Goya Foods after sales spiked following her calls to boycott the company, CEO Robert Unanue told the “Michael Berry Show” on Monday.
“When she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000 percent,” Unanue said on the radio show. “So we gave her an honorary, we never were able to hand it to her, but she got employee of the month for bringing attention to Goya and our adobo.”
In July, AOC tweeted that she would not be using Goya products while making Adobo seasoning, which is a well-known Latino household item and a part of the Goya brand. She later shared an alternative recipe to the Adobo seasoning.
“Our adobo sales did very well after she said ‘make your own adobo,'” Unanue said on the show.
AOC’s tweet came after Unanue praised President Donald Trump at a White House event this summer.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue said at the event.
The president expressed his support for the company, tweeting, “I LOVE @GoyaFoods!” and posting a photo on Instagram that showed him giving two thumbs up while seated behind a row of Goya Foods products.
Unanue said it was interesting that AOC facilitated the boycott against Goya, “going against her own people as supposedly a Puerto Rican woman, to go against people of her own Latin culture.”
Goya has doubled its production in recent months and has expanded with an $80 million facility in Texas to meet the increasing demand.
“She’s our hero,” Unanue joked on the radio show. “She helped our sales tremendously.”