By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 17 July, 2013
In celebration of its 50th anniversary in American Samoa, StarKist on Wednesday launched the newly branded “Made in America” canned StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water and StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Oil Products, prepared and packaged in American Samoa.
In addition, StarKist is also committing USD 50,000 (EUR 38,212) to The Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation, which is devoted to supporting the territory. The Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation seeks to enrich lives by providing humanitarian aid to the people of American Samoa affected by the massive 2009 tsunami, funding educational and sports programs for children, as well as for military veterans on the island.
“StarKist has proudly had operations in American Samoa since 1963, and we are thrilled and honored to be celebrating this milestone anniversary in American Samoa with new 'Made In America' branded products,” said Frank Pogue, StarKist VP of marketing and innovation. “Like Troy and his family, we have a vested interest in the health, well-being and success of the American Samoan people and community. We have a tremendous amount of heart for what the Polamalu family is doing on the island through the Foundation, and this gives us the chance to thank the American Samoan people for embracing us for all of these years.”
In addition to working with The Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation, last month StarKist and other leading employers on the island formed an advocacy coalition to support a stronger American Samoan economy that can grow and thrive through meaningful policies at the federal and local level. By convening the Stronger Economy for American Samoa coalition, StarKist hopes to raise awareness of the unique and significant economic challenges facing American Samoa and the importance of the territory to the United States.