In 1981, long before it was cool to be “Cajun”, Errol and Marsha Perera, both born and raised in South Louisiana, established Errol’s Cajun Foods specializing in hand-made traditional Louisiana seafood entrees and appetizers. Along with the entrees and appetizers, other items such as fresh crab meat, oysters and fish were sold to help make ends meet.
Our customer base included then, and still does today, local restaurants varying from up-scale, white table cloth to small family restaurants and grocery and convenience store deli counters. The first customer we ever sold to is still a valued customer today. Few, if any, companies in business since 1981 can make that claim! Although we now work exclusively through distributors, all customers were sold to and delivered to directly with our own trucks.
Like most new companies, surviving trying times, endless hours often involving difficult work, the business experienced steady growth by adjusting to varying needs of very demanding customers. Incorporated in 1988, the enlarged plant and increasing staff kept up with the growing business. By 2001 production capacity and space were both maximized. A new state-of-the-art USDA facility was planned.
On the current 17-acre site, purchased a few years earlier, construction started in mid September of 2002. Despite Hurricane Lilly and a tropical storm only a week apart shortly after construction started, a very wet fall along with typical construction delays, the plant was completed and production moved to the new plant on May 19, 2003. In 2006, Errol’s Cajun Foods, Inc. underwent its first expansion in order to meet growing demand by adding 4,000 square feet which included a bigger freezer, cooler, and dry storage.
In addition to the seafood products, several meat and poultry items are now also in production with several new meat items in development. Inspection by FDA, USDA, production controlled by strict HACCP guidelines and flash freezing assures you top quality hand made products with maximum freshness and shelf life. In addition to our extensive product line, custom packaging is also available if you desire a specific flavor profile.