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November 2, 2020

Sealaska buys majority of UK’s New England Seafood International

Sealaska, a sustainable investment business in Alaska, has taken a stake in a UK-based company supplying the retail and foodservice channels.

By Dean Best

Sealaska, a sustainable investment business in Alaska, has taken a stake in UK-based New England Seafood International to produce value-added seafood products.

New England Seafood (NESI) supplies fresh and frozen fish and seafood to retailers and the foodservice sector in the UK and northern Europe. Its founder Fred Stroyan will maintain a share in the company.

Sealaska said the companies’ “alliance” will “focus on efficiently converting seafood from healthy fisheries around the globe to deliver innovative, tasty, nutritious products that help inspire consumers to eat more delicious, healthy fish”.

Founded in 1971, Sealaska is an Alaska Native Corporation owned by 23,000 shareholders in Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, and owns several food companies, including Seattle-based Orca Bay Foods.

Terry Downes, the chief operating officer of Sealaska, said: “One of the biggest challenges facing humanity is how to feed, water, educate and house a growing population on a finite planet. Enormous social, environmental and economic value is possible when strong, like-minded organisations join forces across the world to make a bigger difference. Solving our most pressing problems requires working together with a global mindset.”

NESI’s customers include the UK’s “leading” supermarkets as well as small retailers, with the out-of-home sector supplied through its Joii foodservice division.

Its CEO Dan Aherne, who will continue in his role, added: “Whilst south-east Alaska and London could not be farther apart in geography and way of life, Sealaska and NESI are natural partners connected at the source, via product categories and by values and approach. Both businesses share a clear vision around inspiring consumers to enjoy more seafood. Both take a long term, global view to enhancing lives and promoting a thriving planet.”

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