Lt. Gov. Visits Perth Amboy Food Company To Promote NJ Budget Proposal

PERTH AMBOY – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno visited Perth Amboy-based Tropical Cheese on Wednesday to promote Gov. Chris Christie’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget proposal. The visit is part of an ongoing effort to foster a productive dialogue with the state’s job creators.

“Meeting face-to-face and eye-to-eye with successful companies like Tropical Cheese is invaluable,” said Guadagno. “Learning about their unique story and their concerns is essential to developing an effective economic policy.”

During her visit, the Lt. Governor said that the Christie Administration is commited to seeing Tropical Cheese’s success emulated statewide.

“Our proposed 10 percent income tax cut and full restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit are the latest chapters in a much larger story,” added Guadagno. “This includes $2.35 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 tax cuts to incentivize business attraction and retention, implementing a fairer and more competitive tax code, and creating new programs like GrowNJ to increase capital investment and job creation.”

Founded in 1981, Tropical Cheese began as the dream of Rafael Mendez. After settling in Perth Amboy in the 1970s, he started a milk delivery route servicing the Hispanic community – the foundation of Tropical Cheese.

Today, Tropical Cheese is one of the leading producers and distributors of Latino targeted dairy products from New England to Florida. The company is currently planning on expanding west, with the goal to become the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of quality Latin American refrigerated foods and dairy products.

In 2008 the company won “Best of Class” in the Wisconsin Cheese Makers World Cheese contest and placed first in Latin American Cheese at the World Dairy Expo in 2009.

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