Wednesday, July 5, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – Baumer Foods INC, of Reserve, was recently awarded the Lantern Award for the Bayou Region as presented by Louisiana Economic Development (LED).
Lantern Award winners are selected based on excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees.
Nominated by Parish President Natalie Robottom, Economic Development Director Jerry Jones and staff, Baumer Foods Inc. was selected by the South Central Planning and Development Commission for the Bayou Region which includes St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne, Assumption, Lafourche, Ascension, St. James, St. Charles, and St. Mary Parishes.
The award was presented to Parish to President Robottom by Governor John Bel Edwards and LED Secretary Don Pierson, for the company at a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion. “Congratulations to President Alvin Baumer, Jr. and Vice President of Operations Doug Wakefield and their staff on receiving this prestigious award recognizing the prosperity of small businesses and their impact on the communities,” said Parish President Robottom.
In the early 1920s, Alvin Baumer purchased "Mill's Fruit Products," a sno-ball syrup company in New Orleans. Included in the sale was a recipe for a hot sauce and around 1940, the business, renamed Baumer Foods, Inc., During Katrina, Baumer Foods building was destroyed and the family-owned business relocated the manufacturing facilities to Reserve.
Today, Baumer Foods has become one of the fastest growing condiment manufacturers in the country and is still family owned and operated. More than 4.5 million gallons of Crystal Hot Sauce are shipped to destinations in the U.S. and across the globe. Baumer Foods also manufactures and distributes a variety of other condiments, including Crystal Buffalo Wing Sauce and Worcestershire, Steak, Soy and Teriyaki Sauce.
“Baumer Foods, INC is very honored to have received the small business lantern award. We would also like to congratulate the other companies on their recognition,” said Alvin A. Baumer III. “We strive every day to produce top quality products to our customers, and take pride in on our involvement throughout our community.”
Award winners receive lanterns handcrafted and donated by Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights of New Orleans. The lanterns have become an internationally recognized trademark of New Orleans and Bevolo is the oldest and largest copper gas lantern manufacturer in the U.S. and the second-oldest in the world.
Since LED launched the Lantern Awards in 1979, the program has recognized more than 300 Louisiana manufacturing businesses. LED’s program partners include the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Quality Foundation.