Members of the family that owns Goya Foods went ballistic this week when they discovered CEO Bob Unanue was going to speak at the Republican National Convention, saying he never ran his plan to stump for Trump past the board of directors, The Post has learned. Third-generation owners of the Spanish-foods empire say they learned …
Members of the family that owns Goya Foods went ballistic this week when they discovered CEO Bob Unanue was going to speak at the Republican National Convention, saying he never ran his plan to stump for Trump past the board of directors, The Post has learned.
Third-generation owners of the Spanish-foods empire say they learned about the CEO’s plan to take center stage at the high-profile political confab only after Breitbart reported on it Tuesday.
“He was flying solo,” one Goya source told The Post.
A majority of Unanue’s 15 cousins, who control 98 percent of the company’s stock, were opposed to the CEO’s convention plan, including family members who supported him in a sticky internal battle The Post covered just last month, sources said.
On Wednesday — the day Unanue was set to speak — he was no longer on the schedule due to a “logistical problem,” according to reports.
The Goya CEO made headlines in July for praising Trump on the White House lawn at an event to celebrate an executive order aimed at improving Hispanic Americans’ economic opportunities.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” he said. “And that’s what my grandfather did: He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder, and we pray — we pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and to grow.”
The comments led to calls for a boycott from Democrats like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who argued Trump has been hostile to Latin American immigrants. That led to backlash from people who argued for Unanue’s right to free speech — kicking off even more controversy and calls for a “buycott” in support of Goya.
Descendants of Don Prudencio Unanue, who founded Goya in Manhattan in 1936, say they were ready to put the ugly affair behind them and get back to selling beans when they learned of Unanue’s secret plans to jump right back in the fray.
“No one wants our company to be political,” one source said. “Most of the family believes this company is not supposed to be divisive or political,” the source added.
In an e-mail, Unanue declined to talk about his convention plans or his family’s response to news of it, pointing instead to his humanitarian work.
“What I was doing these last few days was answering calls for help from organizations and food banks in Louisiana and states in the path of [Hurricane] Laura,” he wrote. “I answered the call by offering food and prayers for those affected. I am also in contact with FEMA through contact with President Trump’s office to coordinate aid.”
The CEO was going to speak Wednesday about the dangers of “cancel culture,” Breitbart reported.
Family members say they are stunned that Unanue would have ever considered an invitation to attend a political convention of any kind.
“Bob thinks he’s invincible,” a source griped.