Tri Marine Officially Opens State-of-the-Art Tuna Processing Facility in American Samoa

Inauguration event includes local and foreign government and business leaders

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AMERICAN SAMOA – January 30, 2014 – Tri Marine, one of the world’s largest tuna companies, this week officially opened its new tuna processing facility that has been four-years and $70 million in the making.  The inauguration event held on January 24 included remarks from CEO, Renato Curto, and the Governor of American Samoa, the Honorable Lolo Moliga. 

 The Governor of American Samoa, the Honorable Lolo Moliga, is cutting the ribbon during the Inauguration event.

The new facility, named Samoa Tuna Processors (STP), is expected to create 1,500 jobs when running at full capacity with the ability to process the equivalent of more than one million cans of tuna daily.

“This investment represents a huge commitment for Tri Marine,” Curto noted in his prepared remarks.  “It epitomizes what we believe in: sustainability, quality, community and collaboration. Ultimately, the consumer will decide the future of this plant and the level of production we will have here.  We can help the consumer and ourselves by doing our very best to produce good quality products from sustainably caught fish in the most cost effective way while proclaiming proudly that it is a product of American Samoa.”

Tri Marine is well-recognized for its long-standing investments in sustainability by several non-profit organizations, including the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) and Monterey Bay Aquarium. The company’s aggressive sustainability policy is noted on its website and most recently, the company announced that its fleet of 10 American Samoa-based tuna purse seiners has entered into Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) full assessment.

Watch the video for STP's Inauguration HERE.

 

 

In addition to adding to the company’s legacy of sustainability, the new STP plant has significant business advantages for the company and its many US and international customers. The new plant will enable US buyers to purchase high-quality tuna from US flagged vessels, processed in the US. Not only does this mean the products will be duty free coming into the US, but for those companies and organizations where “Product of the USA” is an important distinction, Tri Marine can fulfill those needs. Other advantages include shorter lead times from American Samoa compared to tuna sourced from Southeast Asia and the ability to process all tuna packaging formats from food service sizes to retail including pouches.

“We feel blessed and privileged to work with Tri Marine on this exciting project,” noted Governor Moliga in advance of the event. “This is an important investment in the American Samoan community and we are looking forward to continuing to build on our long-standing collaboration and partnership with Tri Marine.”

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ABOUT Tri Marine

Tri Marine is a recognized leader in fishing, processing and distributing high-quality tuna products to the world's markets.  The company focuses on quality, sustainability, innovation, and customer satisfaction.  As a socially responsible operator, Tri Marine has chosen to invest and to become heavily involved in communities closest to the fisheries resources.  Together with its workforce of over 5,000 employees, Tri Marine is committed to all of its customers, suppliers and stakeholders for the long-term.  For more information, visit www.trimarinegroup.com.