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From sushi to fish and chips, seafood dishes are relevant and prevalent in countries around the globe. Believe it or not, anywhere between 0.97 to 2.7 trillion wild fish are caught and then supplied to global markets every year.
With such large demand, it’s no surprise that there are several massive seafood companies all over the world. These companies both provide for their own countries, as well as export billions of pounds of fish to foreign countries.
So who are the largest seafood suppliers in the world? To answer that, we’ve gathered a list of the top 30 largest seafood suppliers in the world, based on their total 2018 revenue in USD.
While there’s a detailed list of the top 30 suppliers below, here is a quick look at the top 10 largest seafood companies in the world.
Detailed List of the 30 Largest Seafood Suppliers
Headquarters: Osaka, Japan
2018 Revenue: $7.16 billion
With at least 126 subsidiaries, 70 associated companies, and over 10,000 employees across several wealthy countries around the world, Maruha Nichiro earns its place on this list as the largest seafood company.
For the most part, this company’s services include wild fishing, fish farming, food processing, trading, distribution, and other meat products.
Due to recent concerns about climate change, Maruha Nichiro has created a Sustainability Management Plan, which intends to reduce their CO2 emissions and invest in renewable energy sources.
Headquarters: Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
2018 Revenue: $5.71 billion
Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui), is a Japanese seafood company specializing in fishing, general seafood, frozen food, and fine chemicals. Currently, the company has over 61 subsidiaries and 44 associated companies across Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
In 2005, Nissui was involved in global controversy when it decided to move away from large-scale whaling fleets. This divestment can be attributed to climate change and other ethical concerns.
Thai Union Group
Headquarters: Samut Sakhon, Thailand
2018 Revenue: $3.75 billion
Founded in 1997, the Thai Union Group currently employs almost 50,000 people, and operates in over 10 countries from the United States to Norway. Some of the company’s most significant seafood products include tuna, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, salmon, and pet foods.
However, the company isn’t limited to pet food products, as it also provides higher-end products for restaurants, hotels, and food catering businesses.
Mowi (Marine Harvest)
Headquarters: Bergen, Norway
2018 Revenue: $3.69 billion
With a prominent 25 to 30% share of the global salmon and trout market, Mowi is a globally significant Norweigan seafood company. Mainly operating in Europe and North America, this company employs over 12,000 people and maintains over 250 freshwater sites, saltwater sites, hatcheries, and sea farms.
Previously known as Marine Harvest, today’s Mowi is the result of a large-scale 2006 merger between Marine Harvest and Fjord Seafood. The two companies specialized in Atlantic Salmon, which has contributed to the massive amounts of salmon that Mowi currently provides worldwide.
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
2018 Revenue: $3.4 billion
Whether it’s cars, banking, or in this case, fish, the Mitsubishi Corporation is a colossal Japanese company with over 1,400 subsidiaries across 90 countries.
In general, some of the most prominent seafood subsidiaries this company owns are the Norweigan Cermaq, the British Princes Group, and the Japanese Toyo Reizo.
Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
2018 Revenue: $3.16 billion
Specializing in processed food products, this South Korean company operates in at least 8 countries, some of which include China, the United States, and Australia.
Generally speaking, some of the company’s most prominent products are their seafood, processed meat, dairy, frozen food, and fast food products.
Headquarters: Vernon, California, United States
2018 Revenue: $2.58 billion
Providing a considerable variety and quantity of fish to the market, including shrimp, catfish, cod, haddock, swordfish, halibut, perch, pollock, salmon, scallops, mussels, and squid, the Red Chamber Group earns its place as the largest seafood supplier in the United States.
Currently, the company employs around 1,700 employees and specializes in the import, export, and distribution of seafood products.
Headquarters: Stavanger, Norway
2018 Revenue: $2.54 billion
Established in 1899, Skretting is currently the world’s largest producer of feeds for farmed fish. The company has almost 3,000 employees and produces an astonishing 2 million tonnes of feed for over 60 species of fish annually.
Interestingly, Skretting’s specialization in aquaculture means that a majority of the company’s fishing operations are actually meant to feed farmed fish.
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States
2018 Revenue: $2.4 billion
Trident Seafoods is a private Washington-based seafood company that employees roughly 9,000 employees. The company operates fishing ships and processing plants, as well as distributing frozen, canned, smoked, and ready-to-eat seafood products.
Worldwide, Trident is a leading provider of seabass, cod, crab, flounder, halibut, mahi-mahi, salmon, shrimp, trout, swordfish, tilapia, and tuna.
Headquarters: Storebø, Norway
2018 Revenue: $2.19 billion
With operations in Norway, the United Kingdom, Peru, and Chile, Austevoll Seafood is a major global seafood provider. In general, the company maintains several fishing vessels, fishmeal plants, canning plants, freezing plants, and salmon farms in these locations.
Austevoll is most well-known for owning Austral and Lerøy, which are two of the company’s largest subsidiaries.
Cargill Aqua Nutrition
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
2018 Revenue: $2.14 billion
Cargill Aqua Nutrition is a branch of the food corporation Cargill specializing in Salmon, Tilapia, Shrimp. The company also provides feeds for several species of fish.
Overall, Cargill Aqua Nutrition has 38 aquaculture feed facilities in 20 countries and catches their staple wild fish across Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
2018 Revenue: $2.12 billion
Established in 1937, Kyokuyo is a Tokyo-based seafood supplier with over 2,000 employees spread out across its subsidiaries. The company’s main products are full-cycle farmed bluefin tuna and imitation crab meat.
Charoen Pokphand Foods
Headquarters: Bangkok, Thailand
2018 Revenue: $1.92 billion
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CFP) is a massive food company with over 126,000 employees.
The company produces everything from pork to animal feed, but in the context of this list, it’s the world’s largest producer of shrimp. Other than shrimp though, CFP also farms tilapia, basa, and other catfish species.
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
2018 Revenue: $1.9 billion
The Marubeni Corporation is a general trading company that handles a wide range of markets. The company’s food division sells mainly to consumers in the United States and Japan, with a considerable 6% share of the shrimp wholesale market in the US.
Worldwide, Marubeni has a 10% handling share of wild red salmon and an over 50% share of Danish salmon in particular.
Headquarters: Clackamas, Oregon, United States
2018 Revenue: $1.37 billion
Founded in 1941, Pacific Seafood is a United States seafood company specializing in general seafood, shellfish, meat, poultry, and assorted deli items. Today, the company has over 2,500 employees and processes seafood all along the west coast, from Alaska to Mexico.
The company is known for its environmental and food safety practices, some of its most noteworthy accomplishments being the use of 100% recyclable, moisture-resistant boxes, as well as a waste reduction plan that diverts over 600,000 pounds of material from landfills every year.
Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
Headquarters: Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada
2018 Revenue: $1.34 billion
Cooke Aquaculture is a Canadian seafood company with several salmon and seabass farming operations across Atlantic Canada, the United States Chile, Scotland, and Spain.
Cooke’s fishing division also catches a wide variety of northern species, from halibut to crab. In total, the company harvests over 17 species of fish in North America, South America, and Europe.
Headquarters: Aarhus, Denmark
2018 Revenue: $1.26 billion
This Danish company is an industrial conglomerate that owns BioMar, a subsidiary that provides feed for large-scale fish farming. BioMar has over 1,000 employees and is known as the third-largest manufacturer of feed for industrial fish farming.
Headquarters: Chapela, Spain
2018 Revenue: $1.13 billion
Nueva Pescanova is a considerably large Spanish seafood supplier with farming and fishing operations in at least 80 countries across the world.
Instead of specializing in one or two species, the company farms and fishes over 70 species. In general, the company’s main fishing areas are off the coast of western Europe, South Africa, and south-eastern South America.
Tri Marine Group
Headquarters: Bellevue, Washington, United States
2018 Revenue: $1.05 billion
The Tri Marine Group is a west coast fishery specializing in tuna, loins, as well as other seafood products, and is one of the largest suppliers of tuna raw material in the world. The four main tuna species the company fishes and harvests from are albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, and skipjack tuna.
Headquarters: Frøya, Norway
2018 Revenue: $1.04 billion
Established fairly recently in 1991, SalMar is a Norweigan fish farming company with roughly 1,500 employees. The company’s main specialty is in farmed salmon, and it provides the fish to consumers across Norway, Asia, Canada, the Russian Federation, and the United States.
Labeyrie Fine Foods
Headquarters: Paris, France
2018 Revenue: $1.04 billion
Labeyrie Fine Foods is a French food company with roughly 4,600 employees. When it comes to seafood, the company specializes in smoked salmon, smoked trout, smoked herring, shrimp caviar, and other crustaceans. Labeyrie’s main subsidiary that provides seafood is Delpierre, a fish supplier founded in 1913.
Shanghai Fisheries General Corp.
Headquarters: Shanghai, China
2018 Revenue: $1.03 billion
This Chinese fishing company catches a variety of finfish species, with a particular interest in tuna. In 2020 alone, Shanghai Fisheries’ main fleet caught over 10,000 tons of wild tuna. Like many other Chinese companies, this fishery is owned and operated by the state government.
Headquarters: Nuuk, Greenland
2018 Revenue: $1.01 billion
Operated by the government of Greenland, Royal Greenland is a successful fishing company with a wide variety of seafood products. Some of these products include caviar, fish processing, as well as dried, smoked, and marinated fish.
Currently, the company employs roughly 2,800 people and exports seafood products worldwide.
F.C.F. Fishery Co.
Headquarters: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2018 Revenue: $1 billion
Founded in 1972, F.C.F. Fishery Co. has grown to become the largest supplier of tuna in the world. The company operates in several countries, from Ghana to Uruguay.
Recently, after the 2019 bankruptcy of Bumble Bee Foods, F.C.F swooped in and acquired the other company.
Headquarters: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
2018 Revenue: $956 million
High Liner Foods is a Canadian seafood company specializing in processing and marketing frozen seafood. Currently, the company has approximately 1,223 employees, and mainly services the North American food market.
Headquarters: San Diego, California, United States
2018 Revenue: $955 million
While now technically bankrupt, Bumble Bee Foods was a major seafood company until late 2019. The company was originally founded in 1899 and specialized in canned tuna, salmon, and other seafoods. Today, the company’s assets are owned by F.C.F. Fishery Co.
Yokohama Reito Co.
Headquarters: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
2018 Revenue: $940 million
The Yokohama Reito Co. (Yokorei) is a Japanese retail sales company with a division in Food Business. When it comes to seafood, the company specializes in Southeast Asian and Northern European fish, including salmon, trout, and shrimp.
Wales Group (Sea Value Sea Wealth)
Headquarters: Bangkok, Thailand
2018 Revenue: $896 million
The Wales Group is a Thai seafood supplier specializing in tuna, sardines, mackerel, and pet foods. The company operates worldwide, with major markets in Asia and North America.
Parlevliet van der Plas
Headquarters: Valkenburg, Netherlands
2018 Revenue: $848 million
This privately owned seafood company operates large fleets of fishing trawlers globally. These fleets catch wild fish to be sold to markets, as well as provide species for zoos and aquariums. Currently, the company employs roughly 6,000 people.
Headquarters: Feltham, Middlesex, United Kingdom
2018 Revenue: $800 million
Last but not least, Nomad Foods is a British frozen food company that operates in the UK, Italy, Germany, France, and Sweden. Approximately 40% of the company’s revenue can be attributed to frozen fish products.