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Family Passion with Global ambitions.

For us, fishing and farming isn’t just a business – it’s who we are. It’s an undying family passion that began when our grandparents began fishing the waters of the Bay of Fundy six generations ago. And while times have changed, our commitment hasn’t. Like our ancestors, we’re obsessed with finding better and smarter ways to bring you the very best seafood in the world.

Our secret to producing quality farm-raised salmon, wild-caught salmon, scallops, oysters, shrimp, sea bass, sea bream, crab, and other value-added products is simple. It’s a generations-old family passion and our customers can taste the difference.

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

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
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Quality
  • Continuous Improvement and Growth
  • Environmental Sustainability

The Cooke Story: From Small Family Company to Global Seafood Leader

In 1985, our family decided to take control of our own destiny by establishing Kelly Cove Salmon. What started as a humble family aquaculture company with a single marine site has grown into a global seafood leader with fully-integrated facilities, product lines and distribution networks.

In recent years, we have embarked on an aggressive plan for growth, including acquisitions and an ongoing strategic search for development opportunities. With recent acquisitions of the Wanchese Fish Company, Icicle Seafoods, Cooke Uruguay and Omega Protein, we have further diversified our product offering and expanded our seafood assets into the wild fishery. This year we acquired Seajoy Seafood Corporation Group, one of Latin America’s largest producers of premium farmed shrimp.

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An obsession without limits

There’s just no telling where the passionate pursuit of freshness and variety will take you. In our case, it’s led us to establish operations in nine countries around the globe, and harvest more than 17 core species of fish.

But wherever your seafood comes from, you can be sure that it’s produced by caring people in thriving communities. We are a company of 9,000 employees. We live and work in the communities where we fish or where we farm. We bring prosperity to coastal communities and take pride in bringing you fresh, high-quality seafood.

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.

 

1985

Glenn, Michael and Gifford Cooke establish first farm at Kelly Cove, New Brunswick.

1989

Purchase of first hatchery at Oak Bay, New Brunswick.

1993

logo-cookeaquaIncorporated Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

1994

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.

1997

Acquires Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd. in Prince Edward Island, expands value added.

1998

Acquires Grand Isle Fish Farms Ltd. in New Brunswick.

1999

Acquires Saddle Island site in Nova Scotia.

2000

Acquires Di-Anna Aqua Inc., Double O Fish Ltd. and Rattling Beach Farm Ltd. in Nova Scotia.

2002

Establishes Shoreland Transport.

2003

Acquires Fundy Salmon Ltd., L&J Salmon Ltd., Silver Hatchery.

Acquires Jail Island Aquaculture in New Brunswick.

2004

Purchases Charlotte Feeds.

Purchases Atlantic Salmon of Maine.

2005

Acquires East Coast operations of Heritage Salmon.

Acquires East Coast operations of Marine Harvest (formerly Stolt Sea Farm).

2006

Receives Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies designation.

2007

Begins expansion of Newfoundland and Labrador operations.

Acquires former Shur-Gain Aquaculture feed plant in Truro NS to establish Northeast Nutrition Inc.

2008

Achieves Seafood Trust eco-label certification.

Acquires AC Covert Distributors.

cupquelan-logoAcquires Salmones Cupquelan S.A., in Chile.

2010

Acquires Ocean to Ocean, an importer, frozen seafood distribution and marketing company.

2011

grupoculmarex-logoAcquires Culmarex S.A., the largest sea bass and sea bream farming operation in Spain.

2012

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.

2013

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.

2014

Cooke achieves Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for North America.

Cooke acquires Meridian Salmon Farms Limited (now Cooke Aquaculture Scotland).

2015

logo-wancheseCooke family creates Cooke Seafood USA Inc. and acquires the Wanchese Fish Company.

2016

Cooke Seafood acquires Icicle Seafoods, Inc.logo-icicle

Cooke Seafood USA acquires Grinfin, a hake fishery subsidiary of Fripur based in Argentina.

cookeuruguay-logoCooke family acquire the assets of Fripur S.A., and establishes Cooke Uruguay.

cookeaqua-chileCooke Aquaculture Chile acquires Marine Harvest processing plant in Tepual, Chile.

2017

Cooke Inc. acquires Omega Protein, a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products. 

 

2018

Cooke acquires The Fish Company, a Florida based seafood distribution company.

Cooke Aquaculture Inc. is named the winner of the 2018 Private Business Growth Award.

2019

Cooke acquires Seajoy Food Corporation Group, one of the largest vertically integrated, premium shrimp farms in Latin America

Cooke acquires Farallon Aquaculture de Nicaragua S.A., a vertically integrated producer of farmed shrimp and a leading supplier of branded fresh-frozen shrimp.

Cooke acquires All Seas Wholesale, Inc., a California based seafood distributor of up to 40 species of fresh seafood, live shellfish, and frozen products.

 

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