The National Food & Beverage Foundation recently added Falcon Rice Mill to its National Culinary Heritage Register, a list of culinary products, processes, inventions, traditions, and establishments that are at least fifty years old and have contributed significantly to the development of American food industry. The mill, located in Crowley, Louisiana, has been owned by the same family throughout its 75 years in business. Founded in 1942 as a seed rice business, the Falcon family installed a milling operation in 1950 and started selling rice under several brand names including the popular Cajun Country brand of long, medium, whole grain brown, jasmine, and popcorn rice. 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. “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,” he announced.
The President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, Liz Williams said, “Falcon Rice Mill came to our attention as we tried to find facilities other than restaurants and groceries that have contributed to the food of America.” Robert Trahan, acknowledging the gesture said, “Our company and family are humbled and thrilled to be listed on the Culinary Heritage Register. We would like to thank our loyal customers for allowing us to continue to preserve our great culture and cuisine. In addition, we cannot express enough gratitude to the National Food and Beverage Foundation for recognizing us.” He continued, “When Liz Williams approached me about the Culinary Heritage Register it was a huge honor. The designation not only acknowledges the fact that we’re a big part of the Cajun culture but also puts us in impressive company when you look at who else is represented from Louisiana. You’re talking about world-famous places like Antoine’s, Tujague’s, and the French Market. It also helps us tell our story because our customers really appreciate knowing we’ve been around a long time, our products are time-tested, and we’re devoted to quality.” The Culinary Heritage Register is available online and is intended to be a database for future researchers looking for companies around the country who are sustaining contributors to the food of America.