In 1987 Tampa Maid purchased a seafood specialty company, Bayou Foods from General Mills and brought the renowned Cap’n Joe brand of crab specialty items to the product lineup.
Tampa Maid purchased a competitor, Bee Gee Shrimp in 1997 and moved operations from Tampa to the acquired company’s processing facility in Lakeland, Florida.
In 2006, Tampa Maid continued its growth by acquiring Cox’s Wholesale Seafood in Tampa. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Tampa Maid, Cox’s is the premier supplier of domestic wild-caught Key West Pink shrimp to the retail and foodservice markets. Working together, the two companies provide a variety of both imported as well as domestically produced seafood products for their customers.
In 2008, Tampa Maid became the exclusive licensee for Margaritaville® brand seafood,which we source, process and market to retail groceries and club stores nationwide.
In 2012, Tampa Maid expanded our product portfolio and launched Harvest Creations®, our signature brand of farm-fresh breaded vegetables and fruit that utilize our years of experience in coating quality food products.
Today, we are still owned by Watkins Associated Industries, a family owned, U.S. Company. WAI is a highly successful business comprised of trucking, food processing, building materials and real estate development. This privately held corporation is in its third generation of Watkins family management. Our family-management creates a special culture throughout the organization and instills a sense of pride in our employees that shows through in the products and services we provide for our customers.