Jeffrey Reed is part of the second generation of his family to own and operate Reed Food Technology. His father, R.J. Reed, started the spice-blending business in 1995. After Tyson Food bought out McCarty Food in Jackson, Tyson gave R.J. the opportunity to change his job description. He sold the company a few breading recipes that he had created and realized that he would like to become a vendor.
His business, Reed Food Technology, creates custom spice, sauce and other types of blends for its clients.
"(A customer) comes to us and tells us a dream they have," Jeffrey Reed says. "We do all the research, get the flavor profile the way the customer wants it, and we package it for them."
When the company began, it mainly sold seasonings in 50-pound bags and contracted with another business to do the blending. Since buying its own production facility in 1998, though, Reed Food Technology has been able to produce different packaging sizes, which opened the business to different segments of the market.
"We've got a lot of smaller, mom-and-pop-type operators all the way up to Fortune 500 companies," Reed says. "We've got a very diverse book of customers."