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Kristen Baumer

Kristen Baumer is the president of Paul Piazza and Son Inc., a New Orleans, Louisiana-based processor of wild shrimp caught in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the fourth generation of his family to run the company.

SeafoodSource: What’s the history of Paul Piazza & Son?

Baumer: The company was started by my great-grandfather, Paul Piazza, who came from Italy, found his way to New Orleans and set up in the French Market. He would source and sell seafood and game. In the 1960s and ‘70s, my dad...

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Seapakedited

Megan Grinstead is director of marketing at SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood, based in Saint Simon's Island, Georgia. SeaPak has  been offering shrimp and seafood for nearly 70 years and the company currently produces the top-selling retail frozen shrimp brand within the specialty seafood category.

SeafoodSource: What are the core business strategies or principles that have been the foundation of SeaPak?

Grinstead: Thanks to our decades of industry expertise, we’re well known for the care and...

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Chris Rosenberger

Chris Rosenberger is president of Atlanta-based Inland Seafood, which was started in 1977 and has grown to be the largest seafood distributor in the southeast United States, a leading packer of Maine lobster and a supplier of non-seafood specialty products for thousands of restaurants and retailers.

SeafoodSource: What is Inland’s history and how has the company has evolved since it was started. What are the core business strategies or principles that have been the foundation of the company...

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Billtaylor

Bill Taylor is part of the executive management team at Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation business based in Shelton, Washington. The company, which was founded in 1890, has grown over the decades to encompass shellfish farming operations for clams, geoduck, oysters and mussels.

SeafoodSource: What are the core business strategies or principles that have been the foundation of the company since its inception?

Taylor: We’re devoted to shellfish farming and we’re a family business. We...

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ScherzSBI

Joshua Scherz is the U.S.-based general manager for Bela Seafood, a line of canned sardines, mackerel and skipjack tuna from Portugal. Bela is a fourth-generation Portuguese brand celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Scherz, who based in Massachusetts, travels to Bela’s factory four or five times a year.

SeafoodSource: What is Bela’s current penetration in the United States and internationally and what are the plans to build the brand?

Scherz: Next year will be the 20th year for Bela...

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Rupert Howes MSC

Rupert Howes is chief executive for the Marine Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit organization established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. MSC released its annual report today, Wednesday, 12 October - read SeafoodSource's coverage here.

SeafoodSource spoke with Howes earlier this month at the MSC’s global headquarters in London.

SeafoodSource: MSC-certified fisheries are on the rise, according to your newly released...

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Demers SBI

Scott and Jon Demers spent four years developing their Maine-based frozen seafood company, Cheating Gourmet, into a national brand. Their success is evident in their distribution footprint, which has grown from 700 stores to 3,000 in the past year. The company, based in Auburn, Maine, makes a line of frozen appetizers using scallops, lobster and crab.

SeafoodSource: Talk a bit about the intersection of the seafood business in Maine and gourmet value-added products and how you’ve leveraged that...

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Dave Melbourne is senior vice president of consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility for San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based Bumble Bee Seafoods, North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company. Bumble Bee offers a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardine and specialty protein products as well as premium fresh frozen seafood under the Bumble Bee SuperFresh line.

SeafoodSource: Recently Bumble Bee moved to non-GMO verification for some of its products and...

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Big T Coastal Provisions

Tracy Blanchard, president of Big T Coastal Provisions and her husband, Tony, started their crab dip business in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2012 after a few other forays into the seafood industry. A staple in many southern supermarkets and specialty stores, the Blanchard’s recently hooked that biggest of retail fish, Wal-Mart.

SeafoodSource: You have a background in the seafood industry as a clam producer and wholesaler. What’s the story behind that and how did you get to the creation of...

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Sunbursttroutfarm

Wes Eason and his brother, Ben, are carrying on the nearly 70-year tradition of rainbow trout farming in North Carolina. Their company, Sunburst Trout Farms, was founded by their grandfather, Dick Jennings, and then run by their father, Steve Eason. Wes is director of sales, Ben is CFO and both serve as the faces of the business. The company produces more than a dozen trout products, included fresh and smoked filets, caviar and jerky.

SeafoodSource: What are the key principles or business...

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