More than a year after a devastating fire shut down production for Dickie’s Seafood, the local purveyors of prepared shellfish are back and better than ever with the recent opening of their rebuilt seafood processing plant.
For more than four decades, Dickie’s Seafood has supplied Richmonders with responsibly sourced prepared seafood including Spiced Shrimp, Deviled Crabs, and poppable Deviled Crab Bites.
With an emphasis on quality and sustainability, Dickie’s Seafood was originally established in 1978 by Dickie Poh. In 1981, a partnership with Ukrop’s Supermarkets made Dickies a household name and put Dickies products in stores throughout the area.
In June of 2020 a fire swept through the production facility, halting operations for over a year while the team rebuilt. During this time Dickie’s invested $1 million in retaining employees and project management, including three of Dickie’s “legendary associates” who each have more than 40 years of experience with the company.
In rebuilding the production facility, Dickie’s Seafood leaned in on Dickie Poh’s original focus on sustainability. The company invested over $5 million in rebuilding the facility with state-of-the-art equipment designed to reduce energy costs by up to 85%. The new Laitram CoolSteam system and Rainfall chiller system are designed to ensure that shrimp is cooked perfectly every time by retaining natural moisture for superior taste, texture, and appearance. It’s such an innovative system that Dickie’s is one of only three seafood processing facilities in the country utilizing this technology. This cutting edge technology allows Dickies to produce up to 1,500 pounds of cooked shrimp per hour and, combined with new packaging, extends the shelf-life of the products.
The first shrimp products off the line began hitting area Kroger and Food Lions at the beginning of August and deviled crab and crab bites are expected to be available soon. To find a store near you, please visit their website.