History: Blum and Bergeron
Founded in 1912, Blum & Bergeron Dried Shrimp Company was started with a handshake. Leopold Blum and Shelly Bergeron were in business to trade in furs, dry goods, and dried shrimp. Eventually, their little business venture of bartering dried shrimp would take off. They sold their dried shrimp to Chinese merchants in the New Orleans French Quarter. This would introduce the world to a dried shrimp that would become widely regarded as the finest. At one time, Louisiana dried shrimp was so high in demand that Blum & Bergeron exported 2,000,000 pounds of dried shrimp per year to China and the Far East. Our famous trademark brands of Redbug, Baby, and Seabob have long represented the best quality dried shrimp from Louisiana and still do so today.
The business was incorporated by the Blum family in 1968 after the deaths of Shelly and Leopold. Leopold’s son and grandson, Louis Blum (son) and Tom Cobb (grandson) ran the company in their footsteps. Louis, an engineer, invented the modern shrimp drying machine, and is credited with saving the Louisiana dried shrimp industry. Rising cost of shrimp, health regulations, and competition from the canning and the frozen shrimp industries threatened all shrimp drying operations. Louis’s drying machine brought the drying process indoors and reduced the drying time to hours rather than days. It also eliminated spoilage due to weather while keeping the drying process sanitary. All the inventions to produce (cook, dry, shell, and clean) dried shrimp in Louisiana were invented and patented by members of the Blum or Bergeron families. Today, this machinery and equipment is used worldwide wherever dried shrimp is produced.
South Louisiana is the only area of the United States of America that produces dried shrimp. Today, a third generation of Blums are producing the same world class dried shrimp from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We hope to continue selling this unique product to the world’s markets. Blum and Bergeron was not only the first to sell dried shrimp internationally, but is the longest surviving company in the industry. First and foremost, we are a family from South Louisiana that take great pride in continuing our ancestor’s legacy. Dried shrimp is not only our passion, but it is our way of life.