Witzoe-backed First Seafood opens new processing plant in Bergen

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The new site will boost the company’s annual production capacity to 30,000 metric tons.

First Seafood, a subsidiary of seafood giant Insula, has opened a new salmon processing factory in Bergen, Norway.

The facility, housed in a former Insula fishcake production unit, aims to meet the burgeoning international demand for salmon fillet products.

Managing Director Andreas Sundnes noted the new site, together with their Kongsvinger factory, operational since autumn 2022, will boost annual production capacity to 30,000 metric tons.

The Bergen factory, backed by established infrastructure and regional seafood expertise, underscores First Seafood’s long-term market commitment, affirmed by a 25-year lease with Victoria Eiendom, according to the company.

The factory’s opening, scheduled for Q1-2024, will incorporate advanced technology developed in partnership with BAADER, marking First Seafood’s strategic move to expand their global footprint in processed salmon products, serving markets across Asia, Europe, and the USA.

The Bergen factory’s strategic location offers access to raw materials from Western Norway’s aquaculture sector, fortifying First Seafood’s position as a formidable player in the global seafood market.

Insula is involved across the seafood value chain with a focus on sales and distribution. The group has investments in raw materials, production, private label and branded products.

Its parent, Kverva, owned by Gustav Witzoe, is invested in several seafood and aquaculture giants.

In addition to Insula, the group holds stakes in salmon farmer SalMar; aquaculture suppliers AquaOptima, AquaLine and Steinsvik; aquaculture health group Benchmark and salmon oil producer Nutrimar.


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