Cooke buys California-based seafood distributor
California-based seafood distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc., has been acquired by Cooke Inc., the parent company of Cooke Aquaculture. The transaction was completed in mid-February of this year, according to a recent press release announcing the purchase.
All Seas Wholesale has been distributing up to forty species of fresh seafood, live shellfish, and frozen seafood products to the San Francisco Bay area’s hotels, country clubs, airline and event caterers, upscale retail markets, and restaurants for 33 years. Buying the business allows New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke to broaden the reach of its True North Seafood products to additional key markets, said the enterprise’s CEO Glenn Cooke.
“Purchasing All Seas allows us to continue to strengthen our vertical integration and distribute our True North Seafood products to additional markets,” said Cooke. “All Seas prides itself on being able to receive an order early in the morning and have it delivered fresh to the customer to serve on their lunch menu that same day, and that fits very well with our drive for high standards in both top quality products and customer satisfaction.”
“We are thrilled to have joined the Cooke family of companies,” added Peggy Howse, the general manager for All Seas. “Cooke is respected globally for delivering delicious, sustainable seafood products and now All Seas Wholesale will be taken to the next level serving customers.”
“[Ninety-five percent] of All Seas Wholesale employees have been with the company for over 10 years,” noted Howse. “Our devoted professionals have united with the top seafood team dedicated to offering freshest seafood imaginable.”
The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed as both companies are private, family-owned businesses.
Cooke showcased True North Seafood-branded products this past week in Boston, Massachusetts during Seafood Expo North America 2019, including a new product line established between True North and the Martha Stewart brand.