Naturally Fresh, Inc.
was founded in 1966 as Eastern Foods by Robert H. Brooks
the founder of Hooters of America
to sell coffee and cream to the airline industry. It is currently one of the largest manufacturers of sauces and salad dressings in the United States
. The company also manufactures dressings, sauces and dips for a number of different restaurants and institutions, including Hooters. In 1980, Eastern Foods launched the Naturally Fresh brand and 2002 the company name was changed to reflect the brand.
In 2003, Robert retired and named his son Coby G. Brooks
President and CEO. After Robert's death in 2006, Coby gained a controlling, but not majority, interest in Hooters and Naturally Fresh, Inc. This left him embroiled in a dispute with his father's widow Tami over distribution of the father's estate as Robert left in his will 30% of his estate to Coby, 30% to his underage daughter Boni Bell, 10% to Clemson University, and 30% to other family members. Tami was bequeathed $1 million per year for 20 years. However she sued the estate for the ⅓ share of the estate that would be due her under South Carolina's elective share
law. In 2009 Coby and Tami settled for an undisclosed amount, but that settlement has forced Coby to seek outside investors. Read more...