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Bumble Bee Seafoods

All About Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee Seafoods was founded in 1899 by a handful of dedicated fishermen. Today, privately held and headquartered in the United States, Bumble Bee Seafoods is North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company, offering a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardines, and specialty seafood products marketed in the U.S. under leading brands including , Brunswick®, Sweet Sue®, Snow’s®, Beach Cliff®, Wild Selections®, , and in Canada under the Clover Leaf® brand. The brand has established significant consumer awareness and loyalty based on the quality, nutritional value, and affordability of its products.

Bumble Bee Seafoods is fully committed to promoting the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Through its signature BeeWell For Life® Program, Bumble Bee Seafoods provides simple, creative ways to eat well and stay active. The Company is also a founding member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation – a first-of-kind initiative in the United States involving a coalition of retailers, non-profit organizations, and food and beverage manufacturers with a mission to help reduce obesity, particularly childhood obesity, by 2015.

At Bumble Bee Seafoods, practicing sustainability is an organizational imperative. Operating sustainable fisheries and preserving precious aquatic resources is at the core of the company’s sustainability program. Bumble Bee Seafoods actively promotes the responsible stewardship of global fisheries resources and is a founding participant of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) – a global partnership of scientists, tuna processors, and WWF®, the global conservation organization. In addition, Bumble Bee Seafoods’ corporate social responsibility program reaches beyond fisheries and across all aspects of its business encompassing operations, packaging, supply chain, consumers, communities, and employees.

For more information about Bumble Bee Seafoods, or to find nutritious, great tasting recipes, explore bumblebee.com.

1899 – A group of 7 canners in Astoria, Oregon formed Columbia River Packers Association, CRPA. Together, they set out to fish and process salmon.

1900 – CRPA purchased several sailing ships and began building a cannery on Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

1910 – The Brand was born as one of many CRPA marketed labels. Albacore tuna was discovered in seasonal abundance off the Oregon coast.

1920 – CRPA began expanding its cannery in Astoria to capitalize on Albacore.

1930-1950 – Albacore surpassed Salmon as the company’s principal product. As CRPA grew into a recognized leader in the industry, became one of the most respected premium labels for canned seafood.

1960 – The first Bumble Bee Seafoods, Inc. was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Castle & Cook, a prominent Hawaii based seafood company.

1977 – continued to expand, acquiring a tuna cannery in Puerto Rico, a fishing base operation in Ecuador, and Harbor Industry cannery in San Diego.

1980 – suspends canning operations in Astoria, where it all began. Starting in 1984 underwent a series of ownership changes.

1997 – After International Home Foods Inc. (IHF) acquired and Orleans Seafoods, launched a new line of “Specialty Products” including shrimp; oysters; clams; smoked scallops; anchovies and more.

1999 – purchased BC Packers – a Canadian company that canned Clover Leaf, the leading brand of tuna and salmon in Canada. also began distributing the nation’s leading brand of high-quality packed Sardines, King Oscar.

2000 – was acquired by Conagra Foods.

2003 – became Bumble Bee Seafoods.

2004 – Bumble Bee Seafoods combined its business with Connors Bros. Income Fund to become the largest branded seafood company in North America. More…

2005 – announces its expansion into new food categories, with the acquisition of Castleberry/Snow’s and assets of Sara Lee Shelf-Stable Meats business.

2008 – Connors Bros. sells Castleberry’s Food Company to Hannover Foods. became a privately held U.S. company upon being acquired by Centre Partners. More

2010 – Bumble Bee Seafoods is acquired by Lion Capital LLP.

2013 – Bumble Bee Seafoods expands their family of products and brands to include . . .

  • Prime Fillet® Gourmet Flavors – 3 new seasoned varieties of bold flavors added to the premium Prime Fillet Albacore product line.
  • Omega- 3 Prime Fillet® Albacore – offering a perfect way to add more Omega-3 EPA and DHA to your family’s diet.
  • , a new line of premium, all-natural, fresh frozen seafood products.
  • Wild Selections®, a new Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) – certified sustainable line of products that supports World Wildlife Fund (WWF®) fisheries management & marine conservation efforts.
A note from our CEO about COVID-19x
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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
Jan
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods