We are pleased to announce the commencement of operations at the newest of Tropical's Tilapia production partners: Acuicola Gemso S.A. de C.V. ("Gemso"). Gemso has a history in Mexico that starts generations ago. Throughout their history, Gmenso and it's related companies have created industries that have provided sound jobs in both agricultural and industrial sectors. Gemso initiated it's Tilapia operations nearly 5 years ago, focusing on husbandry techniques and marketing within Mexico.
Gemso produces Tilapia in a cage system located in the Novillo Reservoir, East of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Their first harvest occurred in mid-February 2014 and arrangements are currently being made for the farm's first GAA/BAP audit. We anticipate acquiring the BAP Certification by May 2014.
The processing facility is equipped to process deep-skinned, fully trimmed Premium Quality Tilapia Fillets as well as whole fish. All products are free of any and all preservatives and gasses that may alter, extend or prolong natural color or shelf life. Construction efforts are currently underway for a new, state-of-the-art processing facility that should open by early 2015.
One of the largest advantages of this facility is its proximity to the market. Less than 16 hours to Los Angeles by truck, Gemso will provide the freshest product available to the West Coast.
Both Gemso and Tropical are committed to providing Tilapia that is of superior quality, complies with and exceeds established social parameters, is committed to environmental stewardship and is poised for expansion. Seafood with a clear future! We hope you enjoy our Tilapia.
We are proud to announce the reintegration of C.I. Piscícola Botero S.A. to our growing cooperative of tilapia farms. Botero was established in 1993 in the municipality of Huila, 35 Km from Neiva, Colombia.
The farm cultivates tilapia at 1,827 feet above sea level, in the Betania Reservoir. They raise tilapia in a cage system situated at the confluence of the Magdalena River and the Yaguará River.
Piscícola Botero is considered the pioneer of aquaculture systems in the area. They lead to an increase in aquaculture producers in the Betania Reservoir. For over 15 years, important aquaculture projects have developed in the Betania area. Altogether, the area produces more than 50% of the tilapia production nationwide.
Piscícola Botero's production is completely integrated with optimal farming practices throughout the entire process, from hatchery to processing.
During harvesting, all fish are transported live from net pens to the processing plant, in trucks with a capacity to transport 3 tons. Once at Botero's modern processing plant, the fish is chilled immediately, prior to entering the processing line. More than 60 highly trained employees process the fillets for the international market.
The Quality Control team is in charge of visually checking for color, odor and texture of the fillet, so that you receive only the highest quality product.
The cold chain is maintained from the moment the fish leaves the municipality of Hobo, to the moment it arrives to the city of Bogota, where it is then flown to the United States.
Because our fish are grown in a variety of locations, we are better able to avoid unexpected obstacles or delays due to weather or transportation issues. Expanding our tilapia network allows us the flexibility to substitute any day's harvest. Despite our complex structure, our tracking systems enable us to track every fish all the way back to the source.