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How to Pivot From Restaurant to New York Approved Cheesecake Distributor

By September 8, 2023No Comments

How to Pivot From Restaurant to New York Approved Cheesecake Distributor 

“What began as a cheesecake recipe created by a high schooler in small-town Mississippi is now a business that makes thousands of cheesecakes each month. Mississippi Made – “New York Approved”


In a remarkable display of adaptability and resilience, a once-thriving restaurant navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and emerged as an unexpected champion in the culinary industry, transforming itself into a flourishing cheesecake distributor.


Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company, a beloved Mississippi restaurant renowned for its desserts, proudly announced its successful transition into a robust business that now supplies its cheesecakes to other restaurants and grocery stores nationwide.


What began as a cheesecake recipe created by a high schooler in small-town Mississippi is now a business that makes thousands of cheesecakes a month. Cotton Blues top-secret cheesecakes recipe was first crafted by Shaun Davis at age fifteen.

Six years later, Davis, now an accredited pastry chef, teamed up with restaurant owner Chris Ortego. The duo began selling Davis’s cheesecakes to patrons of Cotton Blues restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The desserts were an immediate hit. Patrons began requesting whole cheesecakes to share with family and friends, and Davis and Ortego knew they had something special.

Many of Cotton Blues online reviews cite their cheesecake as “best ever” and “better than New York!” which prompted the cheesecake tagline, “Mississippi Made – New York Approved!”

Almost a year after they began selling cheesecakes at Cotton Blues, the owner of a local grocery store chain asked us to sell them in the frozen section of his stores. Because freezing the cheesecakes is part of the recipe, it was a perfect fit!

Soon after, Cotton Blues began distributing to more grocery stores, and the small company quickly outgrew their restaurant location.

Today, Cotton Blues Cheesecakes operates a 15,000 sq. ft. Cheesecake Kitchen in Waynesboro, Mississippi.

All the cheesecakes are handcraft in small batches, packaged with love, and shipped out to various grocery stores in the South, including Ramey’s, Rouses Markets, Greer’s, and many more.

With seven quality ingredients and a secret recipe, Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company took their humble restaurant dessert and turned it into a thriving enterprise.

Through meticulous research and development, Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company built a 5000- square-foot cheesecake kitchen and refined its production processes to ensure consistency while maintaining the unparalleled flavor that has made it legendary.

The new facility has allowed Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company to meet the demand and distribute their cheesecakes to grocery stores and restaurant food suppliers.

Restaurateurs nationwide can now enhance their menus with the decadent allure of Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company’s renowned dessert. By partnering with the company, restaurants gain access to premium cheesecakes, elevating their offerings and delighting their patrons with a dessert experience like no other.

Cotton Blues 4lb cheesecake is handcrafted in small batches with seven ingredients, ensuring the best quality.


Restaurant Food Suppliers that offer Cotton Blues Cheesecakes include but are not limited to.

  • Ben Keith
  • US Foods
  • Sysco
  • Reinhart

Grocery Stores that carry Cotton Blues Cheesecakes include but are not limited to.

  • E.B.
  • Stater Markets
  • Rouses
  • Kroger
  • Publix
  • Hannaford

These collaborations ensure efficient and timely delivery of their mouthwatering creations to restaurants and markets across the country, allowing customers to savor the taste of Cotton Blues no matter where they are.

“We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter of our journey,” said Chris Ortego, Founder and CEO of Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company. “We have witnessed firsthand the joy and satisfaction our cheesecakes bring to people’s lives, and expanding our reach allows us to share that experience with even more individuals and establishments.”

Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company’s state-of-the-art production is Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certified.

Their facility adheres to stringent food safety protocols and employs a highly skilled team of pastry artisans who meticulously craft each cheesecake.

Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company offers exclusive promotions and discounts to new restaurant partners to celebrate this milestone.

About Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company

Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company – – is a nationally recognized producer of exquisite cheesecakes, initially gaining popularity at its flagship restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Known for its commitment to quality and unparalleled flavor, Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company continues to redefine the cheesecake landscape. In 2023, the Cotton Blues Cheesecake Company is on track to generate five times its restaurant’s revenue just before the pandemic.

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