B.C. Beef Brand 1846 Launches With Recent Approval Of Federally Regulated Processing Plant By CFIA

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The residents of B.C. care about their health and the quality of the things they are putting in their bodies. They care about the effect the companies they buy from have on the environment. They are already looking for locally sourced products. As consumers continue to value transparency and local food products more and more, 1846 fills a gap in the market for a local brand of beef that has never left the province and is raised without antibiotics or added hormones.

You may not know, but ranchers have been part of the landscape of B.C.’s Interior for over 170 years. The start of the cattle industry in Western Canada became marked when the Hudson’s Bay Company moved cattle from Fort Vancouver to Fort Kamloops around 1846.  To commemorate that date in history and the longstanding tradition of B.C.’s cattle ranches KML Meat Processors name their premium beef brand 1846.

1846 stands for everything those first ranchers believed in: exceptional Angus cattle, raised without antibiotics or added hormones, grazing on lush pasturelands in the pristine mountains and valleys across the Interior, then grain finished providing the outstanding taste of British Columbia.

Our ranching families have a long history in B.C. and care passionately about their animals and the environment. They take pride in their responsibility to ensure the sustainability of the land while practicing the highest standards in animal care. In keeping with our belief that local is always better, cattle are humanely processed at the KML Meat Processing plant — the only federally inspected beef processing plant in the province.

To learn more about the future of B.C. Beef, or to book an interview please contact info@albion.ca

Introducing: Bayside, Albion Farms & Fisheries’ Brand New Skin Pack Retail Line

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At Albion Farms & Fisheries, we’re proud to have earned a reputation for supplying the best meat and seafood available in the marketplace to restaurants, retail, and other food service establishments. Building on that reputation, we are very proud to introduce our new retail line, Bayside, to the Canadian marketplace! Check out our new website to learn more about the brand: www.baysideseafood.ca.

Our Bayside product line includes the following frozen seasoned seafood portions (2 x 4 oz portions per tray):

  1. Wild Sockeye Salmon With Herbs & Pink Peppercorn Seasoning
  2. Kuterra Salmon With Mediterranean Garlic Seasoning
  3. Wild Pacific Cod With Lemon & Dill Seasoning

What makes Bayside unique is our use of skin pack technology to package our seafood. The skin packaging process uses specially formulated top and bottom webs to create a vacuum skin pack that fits around the product like a second skin, giving it a natural look for maximum merchandising appeal. The top shrink web wraps itself firmly but gently around every contour of the product without distorting its shape. As an added bonus, this technology will add approximately 2 – 3 more days of shelf-life to fresh product!

Besides our unique packaging, Bayside features seafood that is traceable and approved by Ocean Wise. In addition, consumers can be informed on the back story of where that fish came from because it is written right on the label. Bayside is committed to maintaining its position, not just with the quality of the seafood we buy and sell, but also the health of our oceans. Through constant engagement with our suppliers, we are able to maintain a safe and eco-friendly environment for both our wild and farmed seafood products. We aim to be a model of sustainability in the Canadian seafood marketplace and to continue to be a proactive and innovative leader.

Bayside products are the perfect fit for consumers who value any of the following: delicious, easy-to-prepare, healthy, or sustainably-sourced seafood dishes. We offer only the highest-quality and most eco-friendly seafood with some unique and delightful flavour combinations. Best of all, our meals take just 30 minutes to prepare. You can relax knowing you fed your family a meal that is not only healthy for them but healthy for our oceans.

Simple. Sustainable. Seafood.

Interested in carrying our Bayside product line? Please contact your AFF Account Manager who can arrange samples for you.

Or, are you interested in taking advantage of skin packs for your own retail line? Please contact your AFF Account Manager or shoot us an email at info@baysideseafood.ca

Berezan Shrimp Offered By Albion Farms and Fisheries®

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As a major supporter and pioneer of sustainable seafood, it was an easy decision for us at Albion Farms and Fisheries® to start selling the unique and innovative product offered by The Berezan Shrimp Company. Passionate about protecting our earth’s natural ecosystems, their company has built the most technologically advanced land-based farm for seafood production and supply in the world, one that doesn’t impact our oceans (or our environment) at any stage of production.

The Berezan Shrimp Co. is a Canadian owned and operated family business. They are located in Langley, B.C., which is 25 kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean. Designed to produce 100 metric tonnes of shrimp each year, their closed-containment farm is 100% sustainable and is a prototype for the future. Their shrimp are certified for raw consumption, and are available fresh year-round, mere hours after harvest. They control all the growing conditions the shrimp love, producing amazingly sweet and tender shrimp. We like to call it the “Shrimp Spa”!

Other noteworthy product specifications include: SeaChoice “Green”, Ocean Wise, pesticide-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, PCB-free, micro-plastics-free, and chemical-free!

The species of shrimp they raise at Berezan Shrimp Co. is called Pacific Whiteleg Shrimp or Litopenaeus vannamei. Also known as white shrimp, the species is native to the Southwest Pacific Ocean with habitat ranging from Central America to South America. Threatened by over-fishing, Pacific Whiteleg Shrimp are the number one species of farmed shrimp globally. The baby shrimp that the Berezan Shimp Co. use come from a government certified biosecure hatchery.

Berezan’s land-based farm has no impact on local ocean or waterways. Each one of their dynamic team of biologists and farmers share the same passion of helping create a quality seafood protein source for generations to come. Their passionate, dynamic team is comprised of aquaculture professionals with world-class experience in marine biology, agriculture, aquaculture enterprise and supply chain logistics.

The Berezan Shrimp Co. facility was designed in adherence to the UN- FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The Global Food Safety Initiative is an industry-driven global collaboration to advance food safety and traceability (mygfsi.com). They have also aligned with Mississippi State University (designated UN-FAO land-based aquaculture center) to monitor their animal health and water qualities. They have also partnered with the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems for collaboration and advancement of their farming systems.

In the near future the Berezan Shrimp Co. looks to have multiple farms in the Upper Fraser Valley to supply larger domestic and export supply channels. We are so excited and proud that the new eco-friendly footprint of shrimp production is taking root right here in B.C.

Sea Pact Announces 2018 Request for Letters of Interest for Project Funding

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Sea Pact Announces 2018 Request for Letters of Interest for Project Funding

HALIFAX, CANADA, July 26, 2018 – Sea Pact, an innovative alliance of seafood industry leaders, today announces the opening of their seventh annual project funding cycle with a new process commencing with an initial Request for Letters of Interest (LOIs).

Sea Pact is a group of leading North American seafood companies dedicated to driving stewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Sea Pact members are driving impactful industry change through the formation of a successful model of pre-competitive collaboration, utilizing their collective strength and robust industry expertise. Working together, they are advancing the goal of sustainable and responsible fishery and aquaculture practices and providing the building blocks for a long term and productive seafood industry via financial support and partner contributions to projects that improve fishing and farming systems globally. Sea Pact added two new members- North Atlantic, Inc. and Euclid Fish Company in 2018 and now is comprised of ten leading seafood companies across North America, with added breadth and depth to support more collaborative initiatives. Sea Pact and its individual members continue to be recognized in SeaWeb’s annual Seafood Champion Awards as leading global sustainable seafood movement change-makers. “I can assuredly speak for everyone that’s engaged in Sea Pact that it’s a great privilege to be associated with this group of like-minded industry leaders which continues to build value by utilizing our resources and supply chain expertise, working together to jointly support projects and partnerships that are making a difference,” said Rob Johnson, Managing Director of Sea Pact.

Sea Pact is launching a revised Project Selection Process this year, commencing with an initial Request for Letters of Interest (LOI’s), to be followed by invitations to submit full project proposals. This will support an improved process with greater efficiencies leading to more targeted and relevant project outcomes. Sea Pact continues to aim to select projects in line with their mission and framed by twelve broad project categories outlined on the Projects page of the Sea Pact website. Additionally, Sea Pact priority focus areas for preferential consideration for project funding this year are in the areas of:

  • Social Responsibility
  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries Management
  • Traceability
  • Special species of interest: Squid
  • Special regional area of interest: Great Lakes freshwater fisheries

To apply for project funding, Program Information and Letter of Interest Guidelines can be found on the Sea Pact website here: http://www.seapact.org/uploads/2/1/0/2/21024558/2018_sea_pact_project_funding_grants.pdf

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding funding grants can be found here: http://www.seapact.org/uploads/2/1/0/2/21024558/2018_funding_grants_faq.pdf

Initial 1-2 page Letters of Interest are due by August 20, 2018. Selected organizations will be requested to submit a full project proposal by mid-September. Sea Pact aims to announce grant recipients in late 2018.

“We are excited once again to put a call out for innovative and impactful project proposals,” said Hamish Walker, Chief Operating Officer for Seattle Fish Company, and Chair of the Sea Pact Advisory Committee. “We are looking forward to a more targeted and efficient granting process with the initial receipt and review of Letters of Interest and the further submission of important and relevant full proposals. We continue our interest to have an ongoing relationship with our grantees to see how our grants are making a difference, and a strong alignment to our charter and assessment criteria will be essential for success.”

“To date, Sea Pact has funded 21 grants to 16 projects in 11 countries, with over $400,000 USD in direct support and over $1 million USD of additional funds generated across these projects,” states Rob Johnson. “Through our renewed Sea Pact project funding process, we are proactively working together to support pragmatic solutions-focused projects that will increase the supply of sustainable seafood and improve the health of ocean and freshwater ecosystems that we all rely upon.”

About Sea Pact:
Sea Pact is a partnership of ten like-minded, leading seafood companies across North America: Albion Farms & Fisheries in Vancouver, Fortune Fish & Gourmet in Chicago, Ipswich Shellfish Group in Boston, Santa Monica Seafood in Los Angeles, Seacore Seafood in Toronto, Seattle Fish Co. in Denver, J.J. McDonnell in Baltimore, Stavis Seafoods in Boston, North Atlantic Inc. in Portland, Maine and Euclid Fish Company in Cleveland. These companies are united for a sustainable future and are using their collective strength to lead by example and drive improvement of environmental, economic, and social responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Sea Pact receives sustainability council from non-profit organizations Ocean Outcomes, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and FishWise, and is a project under New Venture Fund’s 501(c)3 non-profit status. To learn more about Sea Pact visit their website at www.seapact.org and follow on twitter, facebook and linkedin.

Contact:
Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Sea Pact
rjohnson@seapact.org
tel. 902-222-4933

Guy Dean Wins Seafood Champion Award for Leadership

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Seafood Summit celebration honors four winners and 17 finalists for advancing seafood sustainability

BARCELONA, June 19, 2018 – Albion Farms and Fisheries announced today that Guy Dean, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, has been honored by SeaWeb as a 2018 Seafood Champion in the Leadership category. This award category recognizes individuals or organizations that display leadership by organizing and convening seafood stakeholders to improve the sustainability of seafood and ocean health.

Guy’s award was announced on June 19 in front of a global audience of seafood sustainability professionals at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain. The ceremony also honored three other winners and 17 finalists.

“Albion Farms and Fisheries is very proud of what Guy stands for as our Chief Sustainability Officer. His work in this area is so important to the future of the seafood industry. The industry needs more people like Guy that have a passion for our industry and for the Oceans that provide for us.”Says Danny Ransom, General Manager at Albion Farms and Fisheries.

The award recognized Guy’s nearly 30 years in the seafood industry in roles ranging from farmer, harvester, and fisher to processor and distributor. Passionate about promoting the long-term viability of the seafood industry, Guy represents the seafood industry on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Multi-stakeholder Committee and co-founded Sea Pact, a group seafood companies committed to improving the social, economic, and environmental performance of the global seafood supply chain.

“Guy not only understands what needs to happen, he is able to get his company to back his ideas, and that is truly inspiring,” said Awards Judge Richard Boot, President of FishChoice. “Guy has gone over and above his job to be a champion and leader in sustainable seafood. He is a driving force behind issues such as plastics and transparency, and is a thought leader in the space.”

Three other Seafood Champions were honored, including:

Patima Tungpuchayakul, founder of the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation, chosen as the winner of the Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy for her work to improve the lives of migrant workers;

Open Blue received the Seafood Champion Award for Vision for its decade-long effort to revolutionize the mariculture industry by moving it into the open ocean, far away from sensitive near shore ecosystems; and

Pelagic Data Systems, winners in the Innovation category, for creation of a groundbreaking solar powered vessel tracking system that is suitable for boats of all sizes.

For more information on the awards, go to www.seafoodchampions.org.

Media Contact: To speak with an Albion spokesperson, please contact danielle.doucette@albion.ca

Sea Pact Celebrates World Oceans Day with Three New Aquaculture Projects

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HALIFAX, CANADA, June 8, 2018 – Sea Pact, an innovative association of ten leading North American seafood companies (including Albion Farms & Fisheries) working together to drive industry sustainability progress, today announces funding support to three projects advancing aquaculture sustainability globally.

Aquaculture now accounts for over 50% of seafood consumed globally, and advances in the management and governance of how aquaculture operates and continues to grow are paramount to ocean health. Sea Pact members are strong proponents of responsible aquaculture to provide sustainable food and jobs, and also restore marine ecosystems. We support the mission of achieving ocean sustainability through improved global farmed seafood production.

The recipients of the Sea Pact funding grants are:
The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) project to assess and improve black tiger shrimp fisheries in Vietnam and Indonesia that supply the wild caught broodstock to produce seeds for culture. Currently these fisheries are considered “Overfished” by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), but there is very little actual sustainability assessment information available or direct efforts to help them improve. This project seeks to utilize the ASIC fishery improvement protocol to assess and improve the sustainability of black tiger shrimp fisheries and help shrimp aquaculture producers ensure their industry is more sustainable. Its uniqueness is that its aim is to improve both a fishery and also an aquaculture industry as well.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) project is focused on creating a tool that will enable seafood production industries to improve regional water quality management and protection of the water resource that is essential to all aquaculture production. They will do this by adapting a tool developed for salmon net pen industry planning to the context of pond-based shrimp aquaculture in Asia. The test of a simple, cost effective approach to assessing water quality of shared water bodies for shrimp farming will be piloted in Thailand, with the aim of developing a model that could be applied more broadly. Renewed Sea Pact funding is continuing to support the British Columbia Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS) innovative and successful research project that is seeking to radically improve sea lice mitigation within the net-pen farmed salmon industry. They are lab and field testing the use of native perch as cleaner fish as a non-chemical, low-stress, biological method for sustainably managing sea lice on farmed Atlantic salmon. The development of this effective tool aims to reduce the use of chemical treatments and to significantly reduce the environmental impact on the marine environment. “We congratulate the selected organizations and look forward to game-changing results from these projects which all have a strong relevance for creating positive change for our industry and for the sustainability of the oceans”, says Hamish Walker, chief operating officer of Seattle Fish Co., and chair of the Sea Pact Advisory Council.

Rob Johnson, managing director of Sea Pact, states that “we are happy to announce these grants on World Oceans Day this year” and commented to “watch for more funding announcements on fisheries projects to be forthcoming soon, as well as the opening of the seventh round of request for project funding grant proposals later this summer”.

About Sea Pact:
Sea Pact consists of ten like-minded, leading seafood distributors across North America: Albion Farms & Fisheries in Vancouver, Fortune Fish & Gourmet in Chicago, Ipswich Shellfish Group in Boston, Santa Monica Seafood in Los Angeles, Seacore Seafood in Toronto, Seattle Fish Co. in Denver, J.J. McDonnell in Baltimore, Stavis Seafood in Boston, North Atlantic Inc. from Portland, Maine and Euclid Fish Company from Cleveland. These companies are united for a sustainable future and are using their collective strength to lead by example and drive improvement of environmental, economic, and social responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Sea Pact receives sustainability council from non-profit organizations Ocean Outcomes, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and FishWise, and is a project under New Venture Fund’s 501(c)3 non-profit status. To learn more about Sea Pact visit their website at www.seapact.org and follow on twitter and facebook.

KUTERRA Production Suspended For One Year, Beginning June 2018

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Kuterra LP, producer of Land Raised™ Atlantic salmon, began seven years ago building North America’s first commercial land-based Atlantic salmon fish farm. Since then they’ve expanded and sold more than two-million pounds of Atlantic salmon. Due to their rapid growth, they are preparing for a much-needed renovation to their facilities.

Kuterra LP has been making changes to their facilities gradually over the years, however the next changes are significant and require the shutdown of their production beginning in June 2018. This will result in an interruption in the market supply of KUTERRA Land Raised™ Atlantic salmon. Fresh KUTERRA salmon will be available through Albion Farms and Fisheries until early June 2018 and sales will resume in late spring or early summer of 2019.

In the interim, Albion Farms & Fisheries has a healthy supply of frozen product to offer. We look forward to the return of KUTERRA Land Raised to the market with high quality KUTERRA Land Raised™ Atlantic salmon in the new year.

Please contact your AFF Sales Representative if you have any questions.

Guy Dean named Finalist in Seafood Champion Award for Leadership

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Recognition for outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood.

March 13, 2018 Vancouver, BC – Guy Dean, Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Albion Farms & Fisheries, has been named a finalist in the 2018 Seafood Champion Awards, for Leadership. The Seafood Champion Award for Leadership recognizes an individual or entity that displays leadership by organizing and convening seafood stakeholders to improve the sustainability of seafood and ocean health.

The Seafood Champion Awards were first presented in 2006, by SeaWeb, a project of the Ocean Foundation. SeaWeb serves the sustainable seafood community by nourishing a coordinated infrastructure of people and knowledge to guide, inspire and reward the seafood industry’s uptake of sustainable practices. The annual Seafood Champion Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. Four winners, one in each of four categories, will be announced at a ceremony on June 19 at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain.

“Being named a finalist in the Seafood Champion Awards is very humbling”, stated Guy Dean. “My single-minded purpose is to be a strong proponent of sustainability initiatives that will have a positive and lasting impact on the seafood industry”, added Mr. Dean.

Efforts by Mr. Dean contributing to his being named a finalist in the Seafood Champion Awards include: founding member of Sea Pact, a worldwide sustainable seafood alliance; collaborations with Ocean Wise, an NGO dedicated to marine conservation initiatives, and SeaChoice, a global leader in environmental conservation and social responsibility in seafood production and procurement. Mr. Dean also piloted an innovative traceability program for wild caught salmon. In addition, under his leadership Albion Farms & Fisheries implemented a comprehensive sustainability commitment supporting efforts such as Seafood Watch, Marine Stewardship Council, and Aquaculture Stewardship Council. He was also instrumental in Albion Farms & Fisheries becoming the first company in Canada to participate in the Ocean Disclosure Project, publicly disclosing 100 percent of their seafood sources to demonstrate responsible sourcing.

Albion Farms & Fisheries is delighted that Guy Dean has been named a finalist in the Seafood Champion Awards and extends best wishes to him in the competition.

Media Contact
Deb Abraham – deb.abraham@gfs.com

Albion becomes first Canadian company to join ODP

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For immediate release. Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce Canadian seafood supplier Albion Farms & Fisheries has agreed to take part in the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP), becoming the first Canadian company to do so.

In joining the project, Albion will publish a list of all of the fisheries used within the company’s seafood department to source wild seafood, along with information on management, catch method, and environmental impact.

“As a company focused on transparency, integrity and sustainability, the ODP is a valuable tool to help us evaluate the seafood we procure,” said Guy Dean, Albion Farms and Fisheries VP/CSO. “In fact, through the ODP we were humbled to learn of multiple species and areas where we can improve our sourcing and look forward to the improvements we make in 2018.  We are honored to participate in this enlightening project.”

“The ODP is a way for companies to not only demonstrate transparency in seafood sourcing, but also leadership among their peers. In addition, as one of the largest distributors in North America, it is impressive that Albion captures this level of detail on all of its wild seafood sourcing,” said Sam Grimley, from SFP’s Buyer Engagement team. “We see Albion’s joining of the project as leading the Canadian seafood industry, and look forward to other companies in Canada following Albion’s positive example.”

SFP started The Ocean Disclosure Project in 2015 to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, 11 other companies from the US and Europe have participated, ranging from retailers to suppliers and aquaculture feed manufacturers.

Other ODP participants include UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food, and Morrisons, along with UK seafood supplier Joseph Robertson and French food service company Davigel. In the US, retailers Walmart and Publix Supermarkets and seafood supplier North Atlantic are participants. Aquaculture feed manufacturers Biomar, Cargill/EWOS, and Skretting have joined the project, as well.

Albion’s full profile can be seen at: https://oceandisclosureproject.org/companies/albion

Contact: Sean Murphy, SFP Communications Director (sean.murphy@sustainablefish.org)

About SFP:

Founded in 2006, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation – known as Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental and social impacts of fishing and fish farming through engaging fishery stakeholders (communities, NGOs, government, etc.) and seafood businesses in every part of the supply chain. The organization works to improve fisheries through fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs), which are multi-stakeholder bodies that seek to advance the sustainability of fishing and fish farming operations. SFP also supports Supply Chain Roundtables which allow seafood suppliers to work in a pre-competitive environment to promote improvement throughout the supply chain. Visit us at www.sustainablefish.org.

Albion Farms & Fisheries expands meat and seafood distribution to Vancouver Island

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 24, 2017 | Richmond, BC – Albion Farms & Fisheries announced today that effective October 28, 2017 the company begins the distribution of meat and seafood to Vancouver Island customers via their Richmond, BC location. Danny Ransom, General Manager of Albion Farms & Fisheries states, “The goal is to streamline our distribution capabilities while removing any non-productive redundancy. Our customer surveys have told us that they want to have a complete protein solution on one truck. This is the next step in the evolution of our food service offerings.”

This new distribution strategy will provide Vancouver Island customers with more than just seafood. Now Albion Farms & Fisheries’ existing and new customers will have the convenience of sole source ordering of centre of the plate ‘full basket of meat and seafood goods’.

The current 740 Tyee Road, Victoria, BC location will be closing; however, all sales staff will remain the same as they operate remotely out of Richmond, BC.

“It is our intention to assist all of those affected by these changes with their transition to new employment or retirement,” adds Mr. Ransom.

A new 1:00pm order deadline will come into effect and the current six-day delivery schedule will change to five days per week. This new distribution practice will affect approximately 150 customers.

Current Vancouver Island distribution company, Coldstar Solutions, will serve as part of the local distribution of Albion Farms & Fisheries’ quality food service products. Albion’s existing fleet will be maintained, and the primary point of contact will remain the same as before. This means that island customers will retain the same service for a seamless flow of goods.

MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: To request images or an interview with an Albion spokesperson, please contact media@gfs.com.

About:

Albion Farms & Fisheries (AFF) is one of Western Canada’s largest fully integrated meat and seafood suppliers, delivering outstanding service that clients come to know and trust. http://www.albion.ca