Eastern Fisheries opens European processing plant

21 Sep 2015

Eastern Fisheries Inc. has opened its sixth factory in Staphorst, Netherlands and has also launched its new corporation, Eastern Fisheries Europe (EFE).

The new 23,000 sq. ft. processing plant will provide ‘real-time’ support and service to the American company’s EU 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 EU facility will ultimately cut the order process time for our overseas customers from roughly 60 days to six,” 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 realise this factory in Staphorst, confirming the attractiveness of the Dutch business climate for food processing activities as well as for global supply chain solutions,” said Jeroen Nijland, Commissioner at the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA). “We look forward to continuing our support for the further development of Eastern Fisheries Europe in the Netherlands.”

Eastern Fisheries has 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 Mr Furtado.

Eastern Fisheries Europe plans to hire up to 50 employees within the first six months of operations.

Eastern Fisheries Inc. is based in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the world’s largest harvester, processor and marketer of scallops. The company operates 26 scallop vessels - the industry’s largest fleet - with facilities in the US, 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.

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