We are proud to announce the expansion of our tilapia network with the integration of two tilapia producers, GeneSeas Aquacultura Ltda and Netuno, to our farm cooperative.
Founded in 2001, GeneSeas is a 100% Brazilian company specializing in seafood. GeneSeas is completely integrated with optimal practices throughout the entire process, from hatchery to processing. Netuno was founded in 1993 and has established itself as a highly competitive company devoted to providing the highest quality products.
Both companies are mindful of the sources of the seafood they provide globally by minimizing waste and energy use in packaging, transportation, and storage.
We understand that our tilapia network is expansive and a somewhat complex, so this month we'll focus on GeneSeas' tilapia operations.
GeneSeas has farms located in the Alha Solteira reservoir, which boarders the states of Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Today, Geneseas has over 800 cages spread between Santa Fe do Sul and Aparecida do Taboado.
At the farm, GeneSeas takes specific measures to ensure that our tilapias are carefully nourished. To ensure that the feed volume ratio is exact and it provides every tilapia with the necessary nutrients to grow into a strong and healthy fish; tablets with production management software are used during the feeding of the fish and throughout the growing cycle.
The cold chain is maintained from the moment the fish leaves GeneSeas' processing facility, to the moment it arrives to the city of Sao Paulo, where it is then flown directly to the United States.
GeneSeas is renowned for the quality of its products, passion for its business, innovation and environmental sustainability. They produce a sustainable and chemical free product, while generating more than 500 direct jobs in Brazil.
GeneSeas is committed to responsible farming and enrolled in the Global Aquaculture Alliance - iBAP program to certify their farming practices as responsible and sustainable.
Due to the geographic diversity of our farms, we are better able to avoid unexpected obstacles or delays due to natural causes or transportation issues. For Tropical, 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.
Last week Tropical caught the interest of industry players from around the world during Seafood Expo North America 2016.
Throughout the three convention days our eye-catching displays caught the attention of thousands of show attendees. A historic 1930's Ford Model-A showcased a fresh fish display reminiscent of a traveling fresh fish market of the 30's. Outside, a 1923 Ford Model-T Snowmobile displayed Tropical's new corporate reel.
Our displays portray our commitment to sustainable and reliable seafood from old ways to new and show our willingness to evolve with trends. Although the seafood show is now over, this year holds many more milestones to be achieved as we pursue 4-star BAP certification across the board for our growing Tilapia cooperative throughout Latin America.
During the show, attendees had the chance to sample our fresh products which included; Tropical Tilapia, Ruby Red Rainbow Trout, Ecuadorian Shrimp, EU Certified Organic Salmon, Cod and Cobia cooked in multiple simple and healthy ways by master Swiss chef Stanti Schonbachler and assistant August Higgs. Canadian Ruby Red Rainbow Trout sourced from Cold Water Fisheries, Inc. was the newest product presented to the trade.
Attendees were reminded of the superior flavor and freshness exclusive to Tropical's fresh product line. Our promise to you? Continuing to improve upon our current practices, while continuously looking for the most sustainable path available.