Cooke Inc on buying spree
By Liza Mayer
Cooke Inc, parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc, has acquired a seafood distributor and a shrimp farmer.
By Liza Mayer
Cooke acquired All Seas Wholesale, Inc of California, a distributor of up to 40 species of fresh seafood, live shellfish, and frozen seafood products.
For 33 years, the wholesaler has been servicing the San Francisco Bay area’s hotels, country clubs, airline and event caterers, upscale retail markets, and restaurants as a same-day purveyor of quality seafoods, Cooke said in a statement.
“Purchasing All Seas allows us to continue to strengthen our vertical integration and distribute our True North Seafood products to additional markets,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc.
In March, Cooke acquired Farallon Aquaculture de Nicaragua SA, a vertically integrated producer of farmed shrimp and a leading supplier of branded fresh-frozen shrimp to major markets in Asia, Europe and the US.
Farallon Nicaragua is headquartered in Leon, Nicaragua, employs 384 people, and operates a state-of-the-art hatchery, three farms and an onsite processing plant from four locations.
In February, Cooke Inc announced its acquisition of the Seajoy Seafood Corp, one of the largest vertically integrated, premium shrimp farmers in Latin America. Seajoy’s organic Pacific white shrimp farms are in Honduras and Nicaragua.
“Farallon Nicaragua also produces Pacific white shrimp and offers Post-larvae (PL) for commercial sale,” said Glenn Cooke. “We will integrate the company into our Seajoy operations.”