Birth of the Luzianne® Brand
Prior to the turn of the 20th century, William B. Reily operated a wholesale grocery business in Monroe, Louisiana. With his expertise in roasting and the strong demand for his coffees, Mr. Reily moved to New Orleans in 1902 to found a company to roast, grind, package and distribute canned coffee. It was the birth of the Luzianne brand.
jacob aron joins, tea soon added
In 1906, Mr. Reily was joined by Jacob Aron, a green coffee importer and family friend. With 85% of all imported coffee beans passing through New Orleans, they assured themselves of having the first choice of the finest beans available. As the company’s reputation for quality grew, tea was added to the product line.
In 1919, the company was reincorporated as Wm. B. Reily & Company, Inc.
By 1932, Mr. Reily had established the Luzianne brand throughout most of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, parts of Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia. With his son, William B. Reily, Jr., he started Standard Coffee Company which delivered coffee products directly to consumers homes.
continued prosperity and growth
From 1932 to 1968, Reily Foods Company continued to prosper and grow, guided by William B. Reily, Jr., and his brother, James W. Reily. During this period, a larger updated production facility was built in New Orleans and roasting plants were built and purchased in Baltimore, Maryland.
jfg brings coffee and product diversification
In 1965, the JFG Coffee Company of Knoxville, Tennessee was acquired. As a dominant regional roaster and marketer of ground coffee, tea, mayonnaise and peanut butter, JFG’s successful diversification provided the model that encouraged the Reily Foods Company to diversify beyond coffee and tea.
william b. reily, III leads, luzianne tea is #2 in u.s.a.
From 1968-1974, William B. Reily, III actively led the company through a coordinated effort of successful acquisitions, including the Blue Plate Foods acquisition in 1974 while also repositioning Luzianne Tea as the right tea for iced tea. Luzianne Tea is the #2 selling bag iced tea brand in the United States. With a hundred plus years of heritage and experience that goes into every bag, it’s clear that Luzianne is the right tea for iced tea.
blue plate foods broadens portfolio
The addition of Blue Plate Foods broadened the company’s portfolio and heightened its popularity in the mayonnaise category. Under the direction of Reily Foods Company, Blue Plate Mayonnaise became the fastest growing mayonnaise brand that lead the way in mayonnaise innovation. Blue Plate takes the extra step to use only egg yolks — the way mayonnaise should be made — and continues to be a legend worth spreading.
american coffee company acquired
Led by President, David Darragh, Reily Foods Company expanded its reach again in 2009 with the acquisition of American Coffee Company, which included French Market Coffee®, a local New Orleans and regional favorite. French Market Coffee has been providing blends to some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans since 1890. Those who know New Orleans, know French Market Coffee.
new england coffee company acquired
Reily Foods Company’s considerable roasting capacity and coffee brands increased once again in 2013 when the company acquired national brand, New England Coffee Company. Since 1916, New England Coffee® has been dedicated to one thing – the art of roasting coffee. With exceptional coffee and strong customer service, New England Coffee continues to serve great coffee to extraordinary people.
highest quality for the u.s. and beyond
Today, Reily Foods Company continues to manufacture and market not only the highest quality coffees and teas but a wide variety of specialty brands crossing many categories including mayonnaise, cake flour, sauces, chili seasonings, salad dressings, and brownie mixes. Products are sold in grocery stores and restaurants throughout the United States with select products sold internationally. The consumer demand for more than 100 Reily Foods Company products is impressive. It’s that kind of consumer demand and loyalty that drives the company’s growth.