MIPS 25th Anniversary Profile: Captain’s Choice Food Products–food processing line for seafood soups

Project Manager:  Richard Evanusa;  Principal Investigator:  Thomas Rippen, UMES
Location:  Princess Anne, Maryland – Somerset County;  Project Start Date:  2/1/2012

Business Description
Captain’s Choice’s business is to produce and manufacture soups, marinades and similar products.

Captain’s Choice sought assistance with the design, installation and evaluation of a food processing line for the production of high quality, safe seafood soups with extended shelf-life properties and strong retail market appeal.

The company produces and packages refrigerated, restaurant-quality, pasteurized soups. Producing products in convenient boil-in-bags emphasizes Captain’s Choice’s mission to keep products high-quality and consumer-friendly.

While the project is underway, researchers in the Food Science and Technology Department at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are building and installing a commercial processing line.

Captain’s Choice forecasts that this project will have a great economic impact on an economically challenged county (Somerset). Initial hiring is estimated to be between 25-40 people at the successful conclusion of the project.

MIPS-Related Quote
“Our thanks to MIPS!!!! This is real job creation.”
–Richard Evanusa, President, Captain’s Choice Food Products

Interesting Facts
Captain’s Choice is a new spin-off venture of Beach to Bay Seafood Inc. Beach to Bay is a family owned and operated seafood restaurant and market with more than 30 years of retail experience. They have a retail store in the restaurant where they sell their very popular marinades, seasonings, fresh crab soups and clam chowder. Beach to Bay is owned by Richard Evanusa and his family. They previously owned and operated a successful seafood business–Beachy’s Seafood–in Ocean City, Maryland for ten years. Beach to Bay relocated to Princess Anne as the need to expand exceeded their Ocean City location. Prior to that, they operated Leon’s Delicatessen and Catering in Salisbury, Maryland, for more than 20 years.

Leading up to (and beyond) the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala, each weekday we will briefly profile one (or more) of the 500+ companies that have utilized MIPS funding to bring innovations to market and create jobs in Maryland.

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