Since 1971, Tampa Maid Foods has been in the business of sourcing, processing and marketing quality value-added shellfish and specialty seafood as well as commodity raw and cooked shrimp from around the world to the foodservice and retail markets. Tampa Maid's primary expertise is in coated products and has world-class research and development as well as processing capabilities to coat products utilizing the full spectrum of available coating formulas from breadcrumbs to flours to batters for both "to be fried" as well as "oven-ready" product applications.
Tampa Maid has national distribution and therefore is capable of delivering a full line of products anywhere in the U. S. In addition, DOT Foods, a national re-distributor, can make less than minimum deliveries to distributors nationwide.
In 2006, Tampa Maid acquired Cox’s Wholesale Seafoods in Tampa. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Tampa Maid, Cox’s (www.coxseafood.com) 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. Today Tampa Maid sources, processes and distributes millions of pounds of premium seafood annually.
Based in Lakeland, Florida, Tampa Maid Foods, Inc. is a subsidiary of WAI (Watkins Associated Industries). WAI is a highly successful business comprised of trucking, food processing and real estate development. This privately held corporation is in its third generation of family management.