Company Growth Timeline

Cooke Aquaculture has been a driving force in the Atlantic Canadian aquaculture industry for over 20 years and has grown to become the largest vertically integrated independent salmon farming company in North America.

1985

Glenn, Michael and Gifford Cooke establish the first marine site at Kelly Cove, New Brunswick.

1989

Purchase of first hatchery at Oak Bay, New Brunswick.

Photo of Oak Bay Marine Site

1993

Incorporated Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

Image of Cooke Aquaculture Logo

1994

Acquired Bay Salmon Processing and Thomaston Corner Hatchery in New Brunswick. Established True North Salmon and begun processing, marketing and distributing salmon under the True North Salmon brand in Eastern Canada and the North Eastern part of the United States. Established GMG Fish Services Ltd. Brought Vaccination services in-house.

Image of True North and GMG Logo

 

1997

Acquired Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd. in Prince Edward Island to help expand the value added product line.

1998

Acquired Grand Isle Fish Farms Ltd. and Silver Bay Salmon in New Brunswick.

1999

Acquired Saddle Island site in Nova Scotia.

2000

Acquired Horton's Smoked Seafood Ltd. in Maine. Acquired Di-Anna Aqua Inc., Double O Fish Ltd. and Rattling Beach Farm Ltd. in Nova Scotia. Acquired Fairmount & Clarke in Quebec.

2002

Established Shoreland Transport. Constructed a new building for its GMG division. Acquired Culimer Inc. in Quebec and Allavoix Corp. in Illinois.

Shoreland Transport Trucks

 

2003

Acquired Fundy Salmon Ltd., L&J Salmon Ltd., Silver Hatchery and Jail Island Aquaculture in New Brunswick.

Jail Island Logo

 

2004

Purchased Charlotte Feeds. Moved breeding program in-house under the direction of Stofnfiskur, a commercial stock enhancement and breeding company based in Iceland. Purchased Atlantic Salmon of Maine.

Charlotte Feeds Inc.

 

2005

Acquired east coast operations of Heritage Salmon. Acquired East Coast operations of Marine Harvest (formerly Stolt Sea Farm).

Heritage Salmon Logo

 

2006

Receives Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies award, Entrepreneur of the Year award and is named to Atlantic Progress Magazine's Top 101 Companies.

Cooke receives Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies award, Entrepreneur of the Year award and is named to Atlantic Progress Magazine’s Top 101 Companies

 

2007

Begins expansion of Newfoundland and Labrador operations. Acquires former Shur-Gain Aquaculture feed plant in Truro NS from Nutreco and establishes Northeast Nutrition Inc.

Northeast Nutrition Logo

 

2008

Achieves accredited aquaculture eco-label from Global TRUST Certification Ltd. Acquires Chilean Company, Salmones Cupquelan S.A.

Acquired AC Covert Distributors

Seafood Trust Certified Coverts

 

2009

Cooke Aquaculture CEO and co-founder Glenn Cooke inducted into the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame.

"The laureates for 2009 were nominated based on their respective business successes, their contributions to their communities and their own personal achievements," said Britt Dysart, chair of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement or New Brunswick.

 

Acquires Salmones Cupquelan S.A., in Chile, giving Cooke a platform for future growth and the ability to compete with global players. The increase in production makes Cooke one of the world’s leading producers of Atlantic salmon.

Cupquelan

 

2010

Acquires Ocean to Ocean, an importer, frozen seafood distribution and marketing company with a product line that includes farmed salmon, tilapia and shrimp along with wild caught scallops and haddock. These products are sold under the Ocean to Ocean brand name and under retail and private labels.

Ocean To Ocean Canada

 

2011

Acquires Culmarex S.A., the largest sea bass and sea bream farming operation in Spain. Culmarex is the only aquaculture company in Spain with a fully integrated management system covering ISO's 9001, 14001, 18001. It also carries the European Union Organic label and its “Real” and “Imperial” premium brands give the company a unique presence in the marketplace. Like Cooke, Culmarex also focuses on delivering quality fresh products to home markets within a few hours from harvesting.

Culmarex Mediterranean Fish

 

Construction completed on a new, state-of-the-art fish hatchery at Swanger Cove, St. Alban’s, NL. The new recirculation hatchery has a capacity to produce about 3 million 100-gram smolts per year.

 

Glenn Cooke earns honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

Glenn Cooke earns honorary Doctor of Science degree

 

2012

Food BRC Certificated True North Salmon processing facilities are certified to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard for Food Quality and Safety.

 

 

 

Cooke Aquaculture Inc.’s subsidiary, Salmones Cupquelan, earns Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its salmon farms in Chile, which produce salmon under the Heritage Salmon brand.

Cupquelan

 

Achieves Platinum Club member status with the Canada's Best Managed Companies program by retaining its Best Managed designation for six consecutive years.

Canda's Best Managed Companies - Platinum Member

 

Featured on the TV show Undercover Boss Canada in which Glenn Cooke, in disguise, works alongside a mechanic, a hatchery technician, a farmer and a processing worker in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Undercover Boss Canada

 

2013

A.C. Covert Distributor of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, a Cooke subsidiary, launches an exclusive brand of wild-caught seafood called Jail Island Seafood. Catch that meets strict product specifications will be sourced from local fishers in Nova Scotia, then branded and sold under the label Jail Island Seafood. The initial line up is expected to be hook and line caught halibut, haddock and swordfish, depending on what is in season and meets the Jail Island specifications. The brand is designed to deliver on 5 key promises: to be fresh, local, premium, traceable and responsible.

Earns a 2013 Energy Efficiency Champion award for its commitment to managing energy and sustained energy savings with an innovative ice slurry manufacture, storage and distribution system at its Blacks Harbour processing facility.

Partners with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Dalhousie University to create the new Cooke Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Sustainable Aquaculture. The new IRC is a five-year renewable program that will be led by Oceanographer Dr. Jon Grant. Funding for the Chair position and associated research is provided by NSERC, Dalhousie University and Cooke Aquaculture.

Jail Island Seafood

Baked with Soya Sauce

 

Acquires Lord’s Lobster in the Saint John City Market and begins renovations and rebranding as North Market Seafood, a purveyor of high quality, fresh, farmed and wild caught seafood in Canada’s oldest continuously running market.

North Market Seafood

 

2014

Certified to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard, allowing True North Salmon to offer three-star salmon to its customers. Cooke has attained three-star BAP certification for its processing operations, its Northeast Nutrition Inc. feed mill and several salmon farm sites throughout New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Maine -- with plans to add more farm sites as well as hatcheries once a hatchery standard is developed.

Best Aquaculture Practices Certified

 

Acquires Meridian Salmon Farms Limited (now Cooke Aquaculture Scotland) - a leading Scottish salmon farming company with assets in Shetland, Orkney and the mainland of Scotland.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland