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Eastern Fisheries Grows Global Presence in Holland

Eastern Fisheries’ European processing plant in the Netherlands underscores the company’s commitment to their vertically integrated business approach


Eastern Fisheries Inc., headquartered in New Bedford, Mass., today announced the opening of a sixth wholly owned factory in Staphorst, Netherlands and the official formation of their new corporation – Eastern Fisheries Europe (EFE).

The new 23,000 sq. ft. processing plant will provide ‘real-time’ support and service to their E.U. customers.  It will also become a critical part of Eastern’s global supply chain and vertically integrated business approach.  The new facility will focus on the sales and distribution of scallop products and live lobsters, with more than 500 metric tons of cold storage and a 20,000 pound lobster holding tank.

“This new processing plant will bring an even better value to our European customers by providing ‘just-in-time’ inventory and more efficient logistics. The centrally located E.U. facility will ultimately cut the order process time for our overseas customers from roughly 60 days to 6,” said Joe Furtado, executive vice president Eastern Fisheries Inc.

“The NFIA and its regional partner Oost NV are very pleased with Eastern Fisheries’ decision to realize this factory in Staphorst, confirming the attractiveness of the Dutch business climate for food processing activities as well as for global supply chain solutions.  We look forward to continuing our support for the further development of Eastern Fisheries Europe in the Netherlands,” Jeroen Nijland, Commissioner at the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA).

Eastern Fisheries hired Aize van der Sluis, an industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, to serve as Managing Director of Eastern Fisheries Europe.

“Aize brings great enthusiasm, energy and experience to EFE, we are thrilled to have him lead our European team,” said Joe Furtado.

Eastern Fisheries Europe intends to hire up to 50 employees within the first 6-months of operations.

About Eastern Fisheries Inc.

Based in New Bedford, Mass., Eastern Fisheries Inc. is the world’s largest harvester, processor, and marketer of scallops and a trusted seafood source for retailers, food service distributors and wholesalers across the globe. Founded in 1978 by Roy Enoksen and Frank O’Hara Sr., it operates 26 scallop vessels, the industry’s largest fleet, with facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and interest in the largest Japanese scallop producer in Japan. Current offerings include: Sea and Bay Scallops, Sole, Flounder, Plaice, Pacific Cod, and Lobster.

Source: Eastern Fisheries Inc. press release

15 September 2015

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