Our passion for bean quality
spans four generations.
Here’s a little bit about L.H. Hayward and Company and what makes our beans not only the best, but the most loved.
We’re so particular about quality, they gave us our own grade.
One of the questions we get is, “These are just dried beans – so what makes yours different?” Well, there are government standards, and then there’s “the Hayward standard.” That’s the name the bean growers we do business with (some for generations) give to beans above the top USDA grade. They set these beans aside for us because while others might go for a lower price, we go for highest quality. So our Camellia Brand logo means what it’s always meant: the most delicious, creamy, flavorful, fastest cooking beans you will ever find on a grocery store shelf. Oh, and for the record, our beans are non-GMO (not genetically modified in any way).
By 1984, 95% of packaged dry beans sold in New Orleans were Camellia Brand.
In a city with a serious bean tradition, we’re serious about being its favorite.
New Orleanians are bean lovers. They’re famous for their Red Beans & Rice dish. And they’ve consistently reached for our Camellia Brand beans, in that same crinkly, translucent package with the Camellia flower, since we placed them on supermarket shelves in the 1940s. So, while we are now the internationally recognized packager of Camellia Brand dry beans, peas and lentils – and the preferred providers of the quintessential Louisiana and Gulf Coast region’s favorite soul food, red beans – we don’t ever take this honor for granted. We remain a family company right here in New Orleans, with many employees who have been with us for upwards of 30 years. We continue to hunt relentlessly for the best beans. And we’re still hands-on, right there in the warehouse during the processing and packaging. The major difference is that while our great-grandfather, Lucius Hamilton Hayward, founded L.H. Hayward and Company in 1923 to serve the famous old French Quarter Market in New Orleans, our goal is to share our delicious bean traditions with the world.