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>d DISTRIBUTORS albion fisheries ltd. Sustaining Fisheries Albion Fisheries pioneered sustainable seafood and specializes in it. By Russ Gager company profile Albion Fisheries Ltd. Headquarters: Vancouver Employees: 200 Specialty: Sustainable seafood distributor John Milobar, president: “We have to do what’s right, not expedient.” seafood distributor in western Canada. “We do not sell only sustainable seafood, but we are rapidly increasing our offerings to allow buyers more sustainable options than anywhere else,” Milobar pledges. “Our focus as a company is to be the best seafood distributor in the nation.” From its four processing plants in western Canada, Albion Fisheries serves restaurants and retailers, which sell its fish under various brand names as well as unbranded. Flying Fish Much of Albion’s product comes from other seafood processors. “We are primarily a secondary processor,” Milobar explains. To ensure it is buying sustainable fish from these processors, Albion focuses on MSC products that are tracked by lot number. “To handle the volumes we move, we have to buy off of many different processors,” he says, adding that the size of those volumes is confidential. The company also buys product directly from fishing boats. Some of the fish Albion purchases are flown to its plants from all over the world. “We really don’t fly much of ours out,” Milobar admits. “A little bit, but in reality, we fly very little of our products. Generally, small quantities of fresh fish are flown from day-boat fisheries overseas.” The logistics of Albion’s supply chain > >> Albion Fisheries supplies restaurants and retailers with sustainable seafood from its four processing plants in western Canada. L umber companies replant forests – it would end their business to chop down every tree. In the same way, seafood companies are concentrating on maintaining dwindling fisheries. “Our primary focus now is sustainability and making sure that we offer the largest choice of sustainable seafood to our marketplace,” declares John Milobar, president of Albion Fisheries Ltd. Albion searches for fish that meet the criteria of Ocean Wise, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and SeaChoice for sustainability. “Those are the three most noted organizations that we follow,” Milobar notes. Of course, selling only sustainable fish species is a challenge when a company’s goal is to be a world-class distributor of sustainable seafood in western Canada. Founded in 1963, the company already is the largest and oldest continuously operating 160 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
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