When passion meets tradition, good things happen.
Fishing and farming isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are. What started as an undying family passion for the sea, passed down from one generation to the next, has been transformed into a global company. Today, Cooke produces some of the very best seafood in the world.
Our secret to producing the best farm-raised salmon, wild-caught salmon, scallops, crab, oysters, shrimp, and other value-added products is simple. We work closely with local communities to harvest and raise the very best seafood for our customers.
We operate in pristine marine environments, rely on science and experts to ensure sustainability, use feed from sustainable resources, and constantly search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We’re proud of the fact that we don’t take shortcuts. And we’re confident our customers can taste the difference.
Our mission is to be a global seafood leader driven by an innovative team that delivers superior products, service, and value to our customers in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.
Our Corporate Values
- Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Community and Family
- Health and Safety
- Continuous Improvement and Growth
- Environmental Sustainability
The Cooke Story: From Small Family Company to Global Seafood Leader
The Cooke family’s group of companies began with Cooke Aquaculture, which was established in 1985 as Kelly Cove Salmon by Gifford, Michael and Glenn Cooke. The company’s origins were humble, beginning with a single marine cage site containing 5,000 salmon. Four years later, the family decided it needed a consistent and independent supply of eggs and smolt so it purchased Oak Bay Hatchery.
Recognizing that integration is essential to competing worldwide and controlling their own destiny, the Cooke family embarked on an aggressive plan for growth, with acquisitions and a strategic search for development opportunities that continue to this day.
Over the years, the company expanded its facilities, product lines, and distribution networks to become fully-integrated within its aquaculture operations. With acquisitions, Cooke has further expanded its seafood assets into the wild fishery. Today, the company is a leader in the global seafood industry.
Corporate Timeline & Key Achievements
The Cooke family’s entrepreneurial spirit has taken the company upstream over the past 30 years – through the industry’s early development to today’s modern, sophisticated food production industry.
Glenn, Michael and Gifford Cooke establish first farm at Kelly Cove, New Brunswick.
Purchase of first hatchery at Oak Bay, New Brunswick.
Incorporated Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
Cooke establishes True North Salmon, begins processing, marketing and distributing salmon under True North Salmon brand in Canada and US.
Establishes GMG Fish Services Ltd.
Acquires Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd. in Prince Edward Island, expands value added.
Acquires Grand Isle Fish Farms Ltd. in New Brunswick.
Acquires Saddle Island site in Nova Scotia.
Acquires Di-Anna Aqua Inc., Double O Fish Ltd. and Rattling Beach Farm Ltd. in Nova Scotia.
Establishes Shoreland Transport.
Acquires Fundy Salmon Ltd., L&J Salmon Ltd., Silver Hatchery.
Acquires Jail Island Aquaculture in New Brunswick.
Purchases Charlotte Feeds.
Purchases Atlantic Salmon of Maine.
Acquires East Coast operations of Heritage Salmon.
Acquires East Coast operations of Marine Harvest (formerly Stolt Sea Farm).
Receives Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies designation.
Begins expansion of Newfoundland and Labrador operations.
Acquires former Shur-Gain Aquaculture feed plant in Truro NS to establish Northeast Nutrition Inc.
Achieves Seafood Trust eco-label certification.
Acquires AC Covert Distributors.
Acquires Salmones Cupquelan S.A., in Chile.
Acquires Ocean to Ocean, an importer, frozen seafood distribution and marketing company.
Acquires Culmarex S.A., the largest sea bass and sea bream farming operation in Spain.
True North Salmon processing facilities certified to British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard for Food Quality and Safety.
Salmones Cupquelan, earns Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification in Chile.
Cooke achieves Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club member status.
Glenn Cooke is featured on the TV show Undercover Boss Canada.
A.C. Covert of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, launches Jail Island brand for wild-caught seafood.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Dalhousie University create Cooke Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Sustainable Aquaculture with Dr. Jon Grant.
Cooke achieves Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for North America.
Cooke acquires Meridian Salmon Farms Limited (now Cooke Aquaculture Scotland).
Cooke family creates Cooke Seafood USA Inc. and acquires the Wanchese Fish Company.
Cooke Seafood acquires Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
Cooke Seafood USA acquires Grinfin, a hake fishery subsidiary of Fripur based in Argentina.
Cooke family acquire the assets of Fripur S.A., and establishes Cooke Uruguay.
Cooke Aquaculture Chile acquires Marine Harvest processing plant in Tepual, Chile.
Family of Companies