Bristol Seafood announced on October 10 that it has acquired an additional facility in Portland, Maine to increase production capacity for value added retail products. Located on the historic Portland Fish Pier, the plant and will be dedicated to packing My Fish Dish and Seafood Singles grab-and-go product ranges.
“We are excited to expand our footprint, team and investment,” said Chief Operating Officer Brett Heidtke. “The additional space brings more capacity and automation to our growing retail business while also creating space in our original facility to support the expanding needs of our foodservice and contract manufacturing partners.”
Renovations are under way and the facility is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2022. It will have capabilities for breathable skin packing, vacuum skin pack and traditional vacuum packaging, along with automated labeling, batch weighing and portioning.
The company’s line of seafood items under the My Fish Dish brand features simple-to-cook scallops (pictured above), cod, salmon and shrimp distributed as slack-and-sell items with third-party validated shelf life of up to 10 days after thawing.
A relatively new addition to its Seafood Singles range features frozen center-cut Atlantic salmon portions packed in perforated, easy-peel packs with a QR code connecting the consumer to recipes and sustainability information. Flavors offered include Lemon Pesto Butter (seen below) and Ginger & Garlic Butter.
Founded in 1992, Bristol Seafood’s growing variety of products also includes mussels, haddock and frozen-at-sea fillets. It is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first enterprise to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Additionally, it is certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s chain of custody standard.