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>p PRODUCERS Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama Slapped into Success The Slap Ya Mama line of Cajun products is taking Walker & Sons Inc. into international markets. By Brian Salgado company profile Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama Headquarters: Ville Platte, La. Employees: 1 1 Specialty: Cajun food products Jack Walker, vice president: “Our growth has continued to increase at a phenomenal rate.” bounds. Walker & Sons has supplemented its spices and batters with a line of dinner mixes available in grocery stores and big-box retailers around the globe, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Canada. The company now has 40 foodservice accounts in the United States, bringing mass quantities of Slap Ya Mama items to hotels, restaurants and cafeterias. And its catchy brand name is emblazoned along with the instantly recognizable pair of hot peppers on collectible merchandise to target foodies. “Our growth rate has continued to increase at a phenomenal rate which brings fourth a lot of hard work, but we’re ready, willing and excited,” Vice President Jack Walker says. Institutional Sizes << Walker & Sons produces a full line of Cajun food products under the “Slap Ya Mama” brand. W alker & Sons’ Slap Ya Mama has come a long way from its origins as a brand with a memorable name representing some of the most authentic Cajun products on the market. When Walker & Sons incorporated in 2001 after five years of selling authentic spice mix to deli customers in and around Ville Platte, La., its blends, spices and sauces were driving the business, and distribution eventually grew to all 50 states. Today, however, the Slap Ya Mama brand is growing in leaps and Walker & Sons has operated in the foodservice sector for about a year out of its new sales office in New Orleans. Walker says the company wants to supply restaurants, hotels, delis and any other customers that use institutionalsized quantities of seasonings, hot sauces and other food prep items. “We’re targeting anybody and everybody that sells finished food product to their customers,” Walker 108 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 •

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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