Cooke, a seafood business based in Canada, has acquired Latin American shrimp specialist Seajoy Seafood for an undisclosed sum.

Honduras and Nicaragua-based Seajoy Seajoy focuses on producing organic Pacific white shrimp and selling to customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia. It has 1,400 employees and runs processing plants and hatcheries.

Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke, said: “The acquisition of Seajoy is an important element in our focus on product diversification to meet our customers’ needs.

“Seajoy is a world-leading shrimp producer utilising the highest quality and food safety standards and newest available technology. This aligns perfectly with our existing aquaculture and wild seafood fishery divisions.

“We feel Seajoy’s entrepreneurial drive, industry knowledge and care for their communities has made them successful and a big reason why we feel this is an incredible cultural fit.”

The Canadian company’s divisions include Kelly Cove Salmon, Icicle Seafoods, Wanchese Fish Company and Omega Protein.

Peder Jacobson, former CEO of Seajoy, said: “Our families’ drive as pioneering entrepreneurs and our employees determination over the years has resulted in two successful independent seafood companies and now I am extremely pleased to have Seajoy join the Cooke family of companies.”