Mandeville, LA – based Diversified Foods & Seasonings is expanding its business base. DF&S manufactures food/seasonings products for the food service industry and fast food companies (products include red beans, sausages, biscuit mixes, soups, BBQ sauces, grits, etc.). The privately-held company is jumping into the retail distribution arena with the introduction of a line of frozen entrees for the consumer called Chefs Creations that will capitalize on Louisiana’s Cajun food heritage (Jambalaya, Gumbo, Chili Mac & Cheese, etc.).
“They are Creole-inspired recipes. People are looking for flavor and heat. They will be restaurant quality,” said President/CEO Peter Smith. DF&S jumps into 1600 Kroger stores in 24 states and plans to move into other stores and geography. The plan: to use Chefs to move into other food categories. “The strategy is to use it as an umbrella. We’ll sub-brand and do it around the country. There could be New England Classics,” Smith said.