High Liner looking to Vietnam for processing


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 26, 2011

Nguyen Hoai Nam, vice general secretary of Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Assocaition (VASEP) has met with Paul Snow, vice chairman of Canadian seafood supplier High Liner Foods, at VASEP’s Hanoi office in Hanoi to discuss the prospect of processing seafood in Vietnam, VASEP reported on Tuesday.

High Liner seeks eight processing plants in Vietnam with a capacity of 6,000 to 7,000 metric tons annually for outsourcing of head-off cod imported by the company from Russia, according to VASEP. After outsourcing, the cod products will be shipped to Canada to produce value-added products for North American and western European markets. 

VASEP said High Liner is looking at Vietnam because the country has a developed infrastructure, including as ports, roads, railways and cold storage, as well as inexpensive labor. Snow plans to visit processors in Vietnam and send in a High Liner team to evaluate their production systems before signing outsourcing contracts, according to VASEP.

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