History

The Leslie RaeIn 1974 Watkins Associated Industries purchased Tampa Maid Sea Products, a small shrimp packer based in Tampa, Florida. At Tampa Maid 1989 logothe time, the company processed about 10,000 pounds weekly of various commodity and value-added shrimp and seafood products. Procuring domestic raw shrimp along the gulf coast through company owned waterfront facilities from Key West to Brownsville, Texas, Tampa Maid flourished and expanded the Tampa processing facility several times.
Tampa Maid and Cap'n Joe's Bayou Foods logos

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.

Bee Gee Shrimp logo

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.

Cox's Wholesale Seafood logo

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.

Margaritaville Seafood logo

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 Harvest CreationsCreations®, our signature brand of farm-fresh breaded vegetables and fruit that utilize our years of experience in coating quality food products.

Watkins Associated Industries logo

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.