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E&E's COO Talks About Cannon Acquisition with IntraFish

Ken Ng, COO of E&E Foods. Ph... Ken Ng, COO of E&E Foods. Photo: IntraFish
Click on the following to hear E&E's COO, Ken Ng, talk about E&E's recent acquisition of Cannon Fish.

Need for vertical integration was key to E&E's purchase of Cannon Fish
E&E now has brand that it can develop.
by John Fiorillo
March 18th, 2019 16:43 GMT Updated March 18th, 2019 18:33 GMT

As acquisitions go, Seattle-based E&E Foods' purchase of seafood supplier and processor Cannon Fish Company (CFC) happened relatively quickly.
The two companies started talking about it three months ago, Ken Ng, E&E’s chief operating officer, told IntraFish on Monday.
Cannon was doing some custom processing for E&E when the two began talking about a potential deal. “We were really impressed with the people at Cannon, and the timing was right,” said Ng.
E&E is consolidating its Seattle area processing operations into a single 76,000 square foot facility in Renton, Washington. E&E bought the plant from Orca Bay last year. It is moving its operation in Federal Way, Washington and Cannon’s operations in Kent, Washington, to the Renton facility.

Vertical Integration
The purchase of Cannon fits into E&E’s strategy of becoming vertically integrated, said Ng. E&E has been operating in the Seattle area since 1932 and has a large presence in Alaska with shoreside plants in Egegik (Coffee Point Seafoods), Kenai (Pacific Star Seafoods), and Yakutat (Yakutat Seafoods) and a floating processor (Cape Greig) in Bristol Bay and Kotzebue – supplying salmon, cod and halibut primarily.
The Cannon acquisition, said Ng, gives E&E a consumer brand it can further develop. “We have the raw material and would like to start broadening our product line,” said Ng.

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Exciting news about E&E Foods and Cannon Fish Company

Exciting news about E&E Food...

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We've Moved!

Open all hours of the day... Open all hours of the day... ...and the night! ...and the night! We've Moved!
E&E Foods has moved to a much larger facility in Renton, about 6 miles south of our old corporate office and 15 miles north of our Federal Way plant. The new space of 76,000 square feet will ultimately combine our offices, cold storage and production. Come see us!

900 Powell Ave SW
Renton, WA 98057

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Pacific Star, Coffee Point BBQs Kick Off Season

The 2018 Coffee Point crew ta... The 2018 Coffee Point crew takes their annual group shot. Despite the clouds, wind and r... Despite the clouds, wind and rain, lots of fishermen and their families and production crew at Pac Star! That is some grill! It looks lik... That is some grill! It looks like 30 burgers at a time! Attendees at Pac Star lined up ... Attendees at Pac Star lined up for burgers. Those beautiful totes will soon be full of fish! Bristol Bay fishermen are hap... Bristol Bay fishermen are happy and well-rested--at least for now! The mess hall is bursting at t... The mess hall is bursting at the seams with the staff and fishermen. Fishermen, family and crew w... Fishermen, family and crew were treated to a feast.
E&E Foods' Alaska-based plants kicked off the 2018 salmon season with our annual BBQs.
Coffee Point Seafoods of Washington, based near the Egegik River on Bristol Bay, hosted the well-attended event despite wind and rain. The plant has already shipped good volumes of fresh sockeye off the beach and to our customers across the United States.
Our Pacific Star Plant on the Kenai River in Cook Inlet had over 200 attendees, including fishermen, plant workers and their families. E&E Foods continues to expand its presence in Alaska, increasing plant efficiency with upgrades in equipment and processes across its plants in Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet and Yakutat.

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E&E Foods Expands Operation to Kotzebue

E&E Foods will be buying and processing keta salmon this season from Kotzebue as it continues to expand its business operations.

Check the links for more detail:

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Cod, Cold, and Kenai

Beautiful and colder than it loo... Beautiful and colder than it looks, and it's very cold One of the many boats E&E bu... One of the many boats E&E buys from Clean cuts and beautiful fillets Clean cuts and beautiful fillets
E&E Foods started the year with a new venture in the Pacific Star Seafoods plant in Kenai. With the help of a dedicated staff consisting of experienced Kenai locals and crew from Anchorage, the plant has started processing cod. Fresh H&G and fresh fillets have been flowing south from the plant, despite some seriously cold weather, which saw temperatures dropping to as low as -29 degrees F.

The cold weather is making life interesting, especially when it comes to getting the company trucks started and keeping them running. Block heaters, trickle chargers, and fuel additives are all necessary to ensure the trucks are ready to go every day.

Adequate lighting for the trucks was another issue that surprised the crew used to the 18-20 hours of daylight during the summer salmon season, according to our Plant Manager at Pacific Star. “It was a challenging start but we are prepared now for anything that happens during the remaining winter,” he said.

These trucks are critical for getting fish to the plant from the company buying stations in Homer and Seward. E&E is an active buyer of the cod that is offloaded from the fleet of long liners and pot boats. The season started early in January and is expected to pick back up in February after a short break for weather and to allow the fish to school in preparation for spawning.

Once at the plant, the fish is processed and packed for shipment. Very little of the fish goes to waste – there is a market for the heads, stomachs, roe, and everyone’s favorite delicacy: milt. With the addition of cod processing, E&E Foods expands its Alaska plants’ capabilities, creating jobs and offering our customers a healthy, sustainable fish produced with the care and quality that goes into all our products.

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E&E Food's Gorgeous Fish

E&E's Pacific Star plant on th... E&E's Pacific Star plant on the Kenai River has a large footprint. All of the riverside buildings are part of Pac Star's production complex. One of many E&E buying statio... One of many E&E buying stations on the beach. This one is just outside of the mouth of the Kenai River. This fish is in our plant in short order. Another buying station on the ... Another buying station on the Kasilof River, a few miles from our plant. Drift net boats head in after a... Drift net boats head in after a 12-hour opener to deliver directly to Pac Star's main plant dock. Pac Star can unload three boa... Pac Star can unload three boats like this simultaneously, getting the fish to processing in a short period of time. Fresh H&G fish are packed a ... Fresh H&G fish are packed a layer of fish... ...followed by a layer of ice. ...followed by a layer of ice. A 5/+ beauty just off the glazi... A 5/+ beauty just off the glazing table, with a nice round belly, high fat content, and as you can see from the picture below... ...the deep, red color that mak... ...the deep, red color that makes sockeye such a favorite. This sashimi was exquisite.
Cook Inlet is home to some of the best sockeye in the world and the Kenai River in particular is known as a producer of big sockeye with high fat content--perfect for sashimi and other high-end uses. E&E's Pacific Star plant is in full operation, processing hundreds of thousands of pounds each day from drift netters delivering right to the dock, to set netters delivering to buying stations all across the area.

Call your E&E rep to inquire about these gorgeous fish!

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Yakutat Seafoods Celebrates 4th of July

Yakutat's parade float and its ... Yakutat's parade float and its creators!
Though the 4th of July comes during the busy season for the salmon industry, our Yakutat plant took time out to create a float for the local parade. A joint effort between the office staff and the maintenance shop staff created a functional, but creative float!

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Alaska Plants Ready for the Salmon

Morning at Coffee Point Morning at Coffee Point The first fish from Coffee Point ... The first fish from Coffee Point flying to our customers by our partners at Coastal Air All calm and quiet in Kenai All calm and quiet in Kenai Tesa Sturman, this year's Mrs... Tesa Sturman, this year's Mrs. Alaska (and one of our fishing families) and two guys at Pacific Star's BBQ. (Okay, Ken Ng (R), COO of E&E and Steve Lee, Plant Manager of Pacific Star).
As June turns into July, Alaska's sockeye salmon return with a vengeance and with it, the sometimes calm waters near our coastal plants teem with fish. Our plants at Coffee Point, Pacific Star and Yakutat are more than ready. As we wait for the onslaught of fish, it's worth remembering the magnificent beauty of Alaska.

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Plant's Sanitation Crew Keeps it Clean!

Federal Way's dedicated sanita... Federal Way's dedicated sanitation crew passes sanitation chemical course
In the food processing business, you’re only as good as the last cleaning of your plant and at our Federal Way operations, where we cut up to 40,000 lbs. of fish a day, we have a great plant sanitation team. They have just gone through a sanitation chemical training program, which involved classroom study and a test, and they all passed. The course included all aspects of chemical safety training—reading and understanding the labels, handling, mixing, storage, usage, and monitoring.

Each person has a specific role but the whole sanitation team has one job: keep all areas of the plant—including the restrooms and cafeteria—clean and ready for the next shift. They are not involved in the cutting or handling of fish and they only go to work when the fish is out of the way. All the chemicals are stored outside of the plant, and are approved by the government for their intended use. Congratulations!

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