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Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon now available in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah through Pacific Seafood

Gold River, B.C. (March 4, 2015) — Effective March 9, 2015, Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon has awarded its exclusive distribution in Washington State, Idaho, Montana and Utah to seafood distributor Pacific Seafood Group. Skuna Bay Salmon was made available initially to these markets beginning in April of 2013 but recently has made the move to Pacific Seafood after a thorough review of its distribution and service in these markets. After a lengthy due diligence process, Pacific Seafood was selected as exclusive distributing partner in their area for their reputation for quality, sustainable sourcing, service and outstanding cold chain.

“Our passion is to consistently provide the great chefs of America with great salmon so their customers always have a fantastic salmon dining experience ,” says Dave Mergle, Director for Skuna Bay. “We are excited to improve our service in the region where salmon is a part of the cultural fabric – and where we think chefs will appreciate the attention to detail we put into getting them great 10 lb salmon year round.”

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 2,500 high-end restaurants and boutique retailers across more than 35 states and major urban markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle and Minneapolis .

“We pride ourselves on providing chefs with only the highest-quality seafood,” says Mark Bowen , Vice President of Purchasing for Pacific Seafood.

“We are very happy to be adding Skuna Bay’s Salmon to our strong portfolio of high quality seafood and continue to support those who harvest and raise their fish responsibly. In Skuna Bay we are excited to be supporting farmers who have demonstrated incredibly high standards and an unparalleled attention to detail – and who spend their lives raising salmon the right way. We were impressed by their commitment to doing everything the right way.”

“Our newest partner Pacific Seafood Group joins our outstanding team of exclusive distributor partners who play a major role in ensuring that great chefs get that same “fresh from the ocean experience everytime,” notes Mergle. “Our Craftsman Farmers have spent 3 years raising their salmon, so it is up to us to do their effort justice by handling them with the same care and attention. We have pioneered a unique and exclusive method of inspecting, selecting, preparing and packing our salmon and we take the same approach in selecting our distributor partners – we partner with them because they are the best.”

To date, Skuna Bay Salmon is advocated by well-known chefs from across America including Michael Kornick of MK in Chicago, Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, Ed Brown of Ed’s Chowderhouse in New York and Anne Kearney of Rue Dumaine in Dayton, OH. Skuna Bay is the House Purveyor of Salmon to the James Beard House. For more information, please visit Follow Skuna Bay on Twitter at @SkunaBay.