(Crowley, La.) – Crowley’s Falcon Rice Mill is celebrating 75 years in business in 2017. Falcon Rice Mill is only the Louisiana rice mill still owned by the original family.
Founded by Edward and Evelyn Falcon in 1942, the company began as a small seed rice business, cleaning and re-selling rough rice to farmers for spring planting. The mill was added in 1950 and Falcon Rice Mill began selling rice under the names “Ed’s,” “Randy’s” and “Falcon.” Other brands were later added, including the popular Cajun Country® Rice, which is 100% Louisiana grown and milled.
After passing to second generation owners Charles and Mona Trahan and Connie and Randy Falcon in 1991, Falcon Rice Mill was purchased in 2011 by siblings Robert Trahan and Christine Fulton and their spouses. Under this third generation of owners, the mill facility has been upgraded with extended storage capacity, office space and a welcoming front entrance area to accommodate visitors. Last year, the mill was one of eight recipients of Louisiana Economic Development’s Lantern Awards, which recognize excellence in manufacturing and outstanding community service.
“The rice industry is such an important part of our economy, culture and way of life here in south Louisiana,” said Robert Trahan. “Christine and I are so proud to be continuing our family’s legacy of providing high-quality rice for the past 75 years.”
In February, Falcon Rice Mill was added to the National Food & Beverage Foundation’s National Culinary Heritage Register. The register is a one-of-a-kind list of culinary products, processes, inventions, traditions and establishments that are at least 50 years old and have contributed significantly to the development of American foodways.
Available in medium and long grain, brown, jasmine and popcorn varieties, Cajun Country Rice is a product of Falcon Rice Mill, farmers, and South Louisiana’s rice fields. Founded in 1942, this family-owned and operated business produces rice that is 100% Louisiana grown. Located in Crowley, Louisiana, Falcon also produces TORO, Laredo, Home Country and Jackpot. Visit www.cajuncountryrice.com for additional information.