B&D Trawling to export 1,000 lbs of live lobster daily

B&D Trawling to export 1,000 lbs of live lobster daily

Sunday, December 07, 2014

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Local seafood company, B&D Trawling, says it intends to export 1,000 lbs of live lobster a day following its initial entry into that market in November.

It's the latest expansion at the 30-year-old company which exports other seafood.

"The introduction of our conch skewers a few months ago has reaped tremendous success for us, with the demand growing each day. Requests for live seafood have been mounting, so we decided to explore the possibility of undertaking this," Roderick Francis, chief executive, stated in a press release last week.

The first test shipment of 80 lbs went off in mid-November, with several subsequent shipments totalling over 400 lbs each.

"Our shipments of 400 lbs each have arrived at their destination intact, so our current target is 1,000 lbs per day. Most of the live shipments have gone to the USA, but we are targeting Europe -- France in particular," Francis explained.

The company, which specialises in the production, processing and export of seafood, has been successfully selling the frozen product to countries like Korea and Vietnam, for decades.

The lobster is transported live from the sea on B&D's fishing vessels that are specially outfitted to carry the product, stated the release.

"Steps of special care and examination help to ensure that the highest quality product is used for export. The programme is closely monitored by the veterinary service of the Ministry of Agriculture, which has been instrumental in the facilitation and development of the harvesting, transportation and export processes for live lobsters.

"They have passed on knowledge of marine biology and sanitary handling procedures to ensure that the product is not only safe for human consumption, but [is] of the highest quality as well," Francis reasoned.

"I am satisfied with the Vet Division and the Ministry, who have moved quickly to facilitate the export process," he added.

B&D also aims to open a retail arm which will sell live lobster.

"The demand is significant as there has been a paradigm shift in the way people view food, and more and more people are moving towards healthy unprocessed foods, in Jamaica and across the world," stated the release.

The company is also looking closely at developing live conch for export for the upcoming conch season.

Roderick Francis, chief executive of B&D Trawling, shows two of the live lobsters his company now exports.

Some of the live lobsters now being exported by B&D Trawling.

Cartons of seafood ready for export.

Roderick Francis prepares to package live lobster for export.


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