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Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon now available in the U.S. South's
Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama


Gold River, B.C. (June 2, 2016) — Beginning June 6th, Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon will be available in four additional states in the U. S. South thereby nearing full distribution in Continental United States. Skuna Bay Salmon is excited to welcome protein experts Buckhead Beef to its team of exclusive distributor partners. Buckhead Beef was selected as exclusive purveyor in their area for their reputation for quality, outstanding cold chain and relationships with the region’s top chefs.

“Adding Buckhead Beef in the South makes our Craftsman Farmers’ salmon almost national for the first time, a milestone we are excited to celebrate,” says Dave Mergle, Founder of Skuna Bay. “We looked at many distributors and felt that Buckhead Beef’s expertise in all proteins and not only seafood would give us the focus on the region’s top chefs that would connect our Craftsman Farmers’ work perfectly with the right end customer. ”

While there will continue to be some intermittent gaps in isolated markets such as New Mexico, Mississippi and West Virginia, most of the nation’s population will now be accessible through Skuna Bay’s national network of exclusive distributor partners.

Said Paul Mooring, President of Buckhead Beef, “We are incredibly excited to partner with the people of Skuna Bay. Their care for the environment, pride in craftsmanship and dedication of the farmers represents everything that Buckhead Beef values. Our vast knowledge, dedication to the products we carry and history in the region allow us to focus our energies and leverage the values of both our companies to bring this incredible product to the market in a positive and successful way.”

Skuna Bay Salmon is reared in pristine, glacier-fed waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. by a dedicated, passionate team of Craftsmen Farmers. North America’s only Craft Raised salmon’s rise in popularity began with its launch in the Southwest region of the United States in November of 2011, and has now been served at more than 3,500 high-end restaurants and boutique retailers across more than states and major urban markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas and others. Adding Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee increases Skuna Bay Salmon’s availability to 42 US states and 4 Canadian provinces. Most recently, Skuna Bay expanded to Texas and now adds most of the remaining Southern states to its network.

“Our newest partner Buckhead Beef was the right choice for us in the South. Knowing that they have longtime expertise in getting proteins to top chefs meant that to us, they could be trusted to handle our salmon with the right care, attention and uncompromising consistency in their cold chain,” notes Mergle. “Our Craftsman Farmers have spent 3 years raising their salmon, so it is up to us to do their effort justice by ensuring their salmon is handled with heightened care and attention and that we select the best distributor to do this. Buckhead Beef is the right choice in the South.”

To date, Skuna Bay Salmon is advocated by well-known chefs from across America including Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Little Goat in Chicago, Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, Joe Johnson of The Cecil in New York and Michael Costa of Zaytinya in Washington D.C. Skuna Bay is the House Purveyor of Salmon to the James Beard House and the Preferred Salmon of the James Beard Awards.