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Monday
Oct082012

The Story Behind Mississippi Queen Foods and the Southern Groceries

photo by Judi Willrich Photography & Makeup I have been selling Southern Grocery Products, through my company, Mississippi Queen Foods, for a few years now, and as of last year, I created an online General Store, so these products could be made available, for purchase, across Canada. I sell many recognizable brand names, such as, Tony Chachere's; Louisiana Fish Fry Products; Zatarain's; Quaker Grits; Martha White; Crystal Hot Sauce; Pat O' Brien's; Bruce's; Steen's; Panola; Karo; Slap Ya Mama; Punch Ya Daddy; Allen's; Cafe du Monde; Andy Roo's; and Trappey's, to merely name a few.

This list always grows, because I also take 'special requests' from people, to source out specific products, they are uanble to find, here in Canada.  I am constantly hearing, 'oh yeah, I found this product when I was in New Orleans, but I have not been able to get any more of it, since I ran out....' This is where my niche market business, steps in.  

I get asked, quite often, why I do this, and how it all started.  If any of you reading this, are on my newsletter mailing list, you will also know I personally make several 'Buying Trips South', each year.  People constantly ask why I don't just have these products shipped to me, instead of personally making the voyage South, and carting all of these goods back, into Canada.

I thought I would answer these questions, for all of you, in a few ways.  First, I decided to blog about it, and secondly, I even made a little video for you to see! 

When I moved to Canada, from the States, I quickly realized, I no longer had access to many of the Southern Grocery Products, I had used all of my life!  When I would travel back Down South, I would haul all of the goods, back with me, in my suitcase.  I did this for years, and when I started my company, back in 2006, the idea for selling the groceries, here, myself, was not that long off, an idea.

A few stores did come into existence, selling these products, and some have since gone; and when the last one, I frequented, closed, I decided it was time for me to 'Make some Groceries'.  I officially started with this project, back in 2010, and went online with it all, in 2011.     

I am a huge promoter of my Southern culture, and I love the opportunity, to shine the light, back onto the State of Mississippi, any chance I get, to promote the people, the places, and the products.  This is my livelihood; my passion; and the path of my soul.  

My reward is in advocating these products, and teaching people, through the information provided throughout my website, and my cooking classes, how to use the products.  Many of these products are only available in Canada, because I have personally brought them here, to market and sell.

All of my family is located in the Southern parts of Mississippi, and specifically in Pearl River County, and the Gulf Coast region, about an hour-and-a-half northeast of New Orleans.  I would much prefer to 'pay myself' to make the drive, Down South, and personally bring these products back into Canada, via my broker, than I would prefer to pay a shipping company.  It allows me the opportunity to hand pick some items, I would not have access to, otherwise by ordering from a supplier, over the telephone, or internet.  Plus, it allows me the opportunity, to source small, independent, lesser known suppliers of top quality goods, specifically ones from Mississippi.

I pride myself on the promotion I do for these products, here in Canada, and for their manufacturers.  I know, as I grow, and move forward, this will be a key part of my growth- giving back to the State of Mississippi, for the gifts I have received.  

My business was built on my Southern culture, and it continues to grow.  It is important to me, to give back, in some way, to express my gratitude, for the gifts I have received.  The more I give, then more I can receive.  These are my geniune, heartfelt thoughts and attitudes behind the Southern Grocery Product aspect of my business.  

It is way more than making some sales for the sake of a dollar bill.  If this were the case, it is a mighty hard way to make a living!  This is about the path of my soul, and promoting as a 'Stand Up Proud', Mississippian, on behalf of a State wealthy and rich, in culture and artisans.  

I have a Buying Trip planned, for this week, and on this trip, I have scheduled to meet with Delta Grind, for some stone ground grits, out of the Mississippi Delta.  I have also scheduled to meet with the makers of Stuart's Cajun Pickles, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.  Be sure to check back with me, for further information on these products' availability through Mississippi Queen Foods online General Store.  

It is my goal, to continually provide you with new products, sourced, direct from the suppliers, within the State of Mississippi.

Connie Rouble,
the Mississippi Queen,
Mississippi Queen Foods

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