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January not only marks the start of a New Year, but also the approach of the "seafood season". Seafood trade shows and other events, including the start of Lent and Easter set the tone for what's recognized as the busiest season of the year. So, what's a better time to highlight and recognize our farmer's practices than this month?

At Tropical, we've always worked hard to build and maintain strong partnerships with producers who focus on the relationship between farm, environment and their surrounding communities. They are hard-working South American and European farmers and fishermen who understand and make responsible use of their surroundings; producing tilapia, shrimp, trout, salmon and crab as true to nature as possible. Although you may receive our seafood in a box or a bag, fresh or frozen, our products are nurtured, harvested and processed with great skill and passion!

Tropical Tilapia - In Ecuador, for instance, tilapia farmers benefit from their geographical location. They allow pure stream water from the Andes Mountains and saltwater from the Pacific Ocean to enter the farm with every high tide. This natural mixture results in a tilapia exclusive in flavor and texture. The farms also employ polyculture, recirculation and water treatment techniques to maintain a healthy water system, soils and overall, a healthy ecosystem.

Blue Foot White Shrimp - Near the coast of Ecuador, Chanduy shrimp farm, provides the ultimate environment for rearing Ecuadorian white shrimp. The inland sand-bottom ponds are naturally replenished with Pacific Ocean water with every high tide, creating an ideal environment for shrimp cultivation. This unique environment results in a world-class shrimp of crisp texture and superior taste.

Rainbow Trout - With over 15 years experience, our Panamanian trout farm, Lamasur S.A., rears rainbow trout at nearly 6,000 ft above sea level, in an area with cool mountain temperatures that create an ideal habitat for raising trout. They raise each trout in earthen raceways constantly replenished with water from a crystal-clear mountain book. The raceways act as natural water filters while  giving the fish a calm habitat, optimal for nourishing trout with a delicate, sweet flavor and firm texture.

Irish Organic Salmon - Across the ocean, in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, our expert Irish farmers nourish their award-winning Irish organic salmon. The farm's location at sea provides vigorous exercise and muscle formation in each salmon as they are fully exposed to strong ocean currents and natural elements. This results in a salmon with a clean, mild taste and firm texture derived from the pure, fast moving waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Irish Rock Crab - In the pristine waters of the Irish Coast, our skilled fishermen catch Ireland's renowned cold water Rock crab. They fish for crab responsibly by using miniature Irish crab pots and reducing fishing during certain seasons to ensure a lasting supply. Each crab is gently handled and cooked in pure Irish waters, giving it its unique award-winning taste.

Our passionate farmers and fishermen around the world, work and monitor each farm with the goal of bringing you a pure, chem-free product that will awaken your taste buds in an unparalleled tasting experience. The harmonious ecosystem at each farm is the result of having a clear understanding of the potential effects of our actions, while formulation preventive approaches guided by recognized certification bodies.

So, get ready this "seafood season" and discover culinary excellence and extraordinary flavor!

 

Holiday Greetings

December is here, so is the season of love and happiness. Each year during the holiday season, we take great pleasure in wishing you and your family a joyful and warm holiday season!

With your suggestions and feedback, you've helped us customize programs that allowed us to meet your needs and grow with you.

Our group achieved a number of milestones in 2012, including: extending our list of accreditations by attaining (1) Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification at two of our Ecuadorian farms, Aquamar and Produmar; (2) our Ecuadorian processing plant, Tropack, received ASC Chain of Custody certification; (3) our Panamanian trout farm, Lamasur, was certified sustainable by the Institute of Marketecology (IMO) and we were honored to introduce Irish Rock Crab to our ever-growing product line.

We treasure your loyalty and trust in us to provide you high quality seafood, outstanding customer service and new products in the year to come.

You all have been extremely supportive and encouraging in the last year, and it is friends, family, consumers, buyers, brokers, handling teams, producers, processors and employees like you who encourage and enable Tropical to grow in this competitive market.

May your holiday be filled with joy and the coming year be overflowing with all the good things in life. We look forward to working with you in 2013!

From our team to yours - We wish you a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!