Stavis CEO eyes 2020 for opening of new processing facility

Stavis CEO eyes 2020 for opening of new processing facility


The opening of the new facility will follow an important growth period for Stavis, according to its CEO.

Massachusetts-based seafood processor Stavis is close to completing the final layout and engineering drawings for its new processing facility on Boston’s waterfront, and it hopes to have it operating by 2020.

"This state-of-the-art facility will provide the space needed for equipment to provide more efficient processing, including value-added capabilities," Chuck Marble, the company's CEO, told IntraFish. "With our new facility, we will also have an enhanced pick-up area for those drivers and customers picking up at our location."

While Stavis remains behind its initial schedule to open its new facility, Marble has focused on "aggressive" growth expansion for the processor.

Stavis recently hired a new vice president of operations and director of quality, a move Marble said comes at an important time for the company as it expands.

The 140,000-square-foot facility will allow Stavis to consolidate all of its operations into one building, and to develop new products to penetrate new markets and channels for growth, according to Marble.

"Our business mimics the top-selling species in most seafood companies, however, as we leverage our vertical integration strategy, cephalopods will be a strong suite in our lineup," he said of the company's future plans. "Octopus in the United States as well as Argentinian red shrimp are specific trends that continue to grow."

The company announced Tuesday it expanded its BOS’N brand to include a full line of Argentine red shrimp products. The new BOS’N additions include retail and foodservice packs harvested on company-owned vessels and processed in company-owned plants.

“Expanding the BOS’N line to include Argentine Red Shrimp delivers on our commitment to provide responsibly sourced, high quality seafood to our customers," said Marble. "Sourced and processed by our sister companies, our BOS’N Argentine Red Shrimp provides the direct-from-the-source solution our customers are looking for while also increasing their high quality purchasing options."

The company has also seen success with foodservice and retail since it introduced Prince Edward Island whole organic mussels earlier this summer, he said.

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