In 1888, a company originally named New Orleans Import Company was established as a spice importing company. The spices were destined for the kitchens of New Orleans and the world's most demanding chefs so the ingredients had to be special. The New Orleans Import Company later changed its name after the arrival of the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia to New Orleans. Thus the King of Spices,Rex Fine Foods, Inc. was born. Rex Foods remains in New Orleans, LA today and produces a variety of products including: spice blends, sauces, mustards, fry mixes, and shrimp/crab boil.