Open Blue, the world’s largest open-ocean fish farm, and supplier of Cobia, has opened a multi-million-dollar, value-added production facility enabling at-source portioning and inline freezing at its processing plant in Panama City, Panama. To meet the growing demand for fixed weight and customized portions, Open Blue has expanded its production capabilities to include Marel cutting technology, enabling the high-speed production of fresh and frozen exact weight Cobia portions.
The company has also installed a Praxair cryogenic freezing tunnel that allows for the rapid freezing of portions, fillets, and other products. This technology helps freeze in the freshness, locking in the natural flavor and moisture of this premium Sashimi-grade white fish.
“As a vertically integrated company from egg to plate, we are proud to now be able to offer our retail and foodservice customers the guaranteed product quality of portions processed at the source. Our new frozen products lock in the fresh-caught quality that people love. We believe by investing in our total cold storage chain, including super-freezing at -35°C will help our customers save time, improve inventory management and increase efficiencies.” says Bernie Leger, VP Sales and Marketing, Open Blue.
Open Blue was recently recognized with a national award in Panama for export development, reflecting the growth, expansion, and dynamism of the business. It was also awarded the 2017 Best New Foodservice Product Award at the Seafood Excellence Awards at this year’s Seafood Expo North America. “This is a significant milestone for Open Blue as we go to market with new and innovative products that provide exceptional value to our customers and consumers. This investment broadens our customer reach for 2018 with access to major national accounts in America, Europe, and Asia, and reflects our customer-focused approach,” says Chris Perry, CEO Open Blue.