Global sales of top sal­mon

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - FOOD & DRINK IRELAND - MA­RINE HAR­VEST IRE­LAND

Ma­rine Har­vest Ire­land is Ire­land’s largest pro­ducer of farmed At­lantic Sal­mon.

The com­pany was founded in 1979 by a group of Ir­ish share­hold­ers.

In 1981, a 50/50 joint ven­ture was es­tab­lished with A/S MOWI based in Ber­gen, Nor­way, and this greatly strength­ened the Ir­ish op­er­a­tion as it pro­vided ac­cess to stock, tech­nol­ogy and fi­nan­cial re­sources.

To­day it is part of the Ma­rine Har­vest Group, the world lead­ing seafood com­pany and largest pro­ducer of farmed sal­mon.

In 2015, MHI signed a deal worth € 2.5m with Man­nin Bay Sal­mon Com­pany Ltd to grow or­ganic sal­mon on sites in Ber­tragh­boy Bay in Gal­way.

The five-year agree­ment will see col­lab­o­ra­tion on the pro­duc­tion of three crops of sal­mon mean­ing con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply for lo­cal pro­ces­sor, Kilkieran Sal­mon and the MHI Rin­more Pro­cess­ing plant in Done­gal.

MHI will sup­ply new pens, ma­rine ves­sels and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture in ad­di­tion to man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal sup­port.

Pat Con­nors, sales and pro­cess­ing di­rec­tor at MHI, said: “Ma­rine Har­vest Ire­land is en­thu­si­as­tic about work­ing with lo­cal part­ners and sup­pli­ers where pos­si­ble. This is a sig­nif­i­cant an­nounce­ment as it rep­re­sents a new sup­ply line for our global ex­port busi­ness.

“As a re­sult of this part­ner­ship, we will have an even greater re­source across a num­ber of cru­cial ar­eas of the busi­ness in­clud­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced man­age­ment team, heavy- duty equip­ment and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.”

Ger­ard O’Dono­hoe of the Gal­way- based or­ganic sal­mon farm­ing com­pany Man­nin Bay Sal­mon Com­pany, stated: “This deal is vi­tal for con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply to our mar­kets all year round. 90% of our pro­duce is ex­ported to mar­kets in the USA, Canada, Dubai, Switzer­land, Ger­many, Hol­land and France. We are de­lighted to be part­ner­ing with a com­pany of the pro­file and ex­per­tise of Ma­rine Har­vest and be­lieve that this ven­ture will be very pos­i­tive for the lo­cal econ­omy.”

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