Norway-based seafood giant Marine Harvest has signed a collaboration agreement with Scanfisk of Spain.

The agreement will enable Marine Harvest to produce pre-packed and value-added fresh and frozen seafood products in Spain for sale into retail and foodservice channels, according to a statement from the Oslo-listed firm. The partnership will commence in the fourth quarter.

As part of the tie-up, Marine Harvest will supply salmon to Scanfisk, while the latter will supply its partner with whitefish and other non-salmon species. 

Meanwhile, Scanfisk will continue to serve all sales channels in Spain and Portugal with a focus on non-pre-packed fresh and frozen fish and seafood. 

The statement added: “Joining their respective skills and strengths, the partnership aims to achieve their mutual objectives: expanding their business operations and sales volumes by developing the value-added fish and seafood category, resulting in market and market share growth on the Iberian peninsula.” 

Only a month ago, Marine Harvest terminated a five-year agreement with Angulas Aguinaga in Spain for the production and marketing of salmon products. Under the joint venture, the two companies produced and marketed salmon-based products in Spain and Portugal, but decided to halt the operation to “better align with their respective strategies and specific business models”.

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Established in 1994, Scanfisk is involved in the import, export, processing and supply of fresh and frozen fish and seafood to wholesalers, distributors and retailers, with a strong focus on whitefish. Its headquarters is in Zaragoza and the company has offices in Vigo, A Coruña, Celeiro and Barcelona.