Troutlodge expands egg production into Europe – Fishupdate.com

Troutlodge expands egg production into Europe Published:  07 December, 2007

TROUTLODGE, Inc. has expanded its egg production operations into Europe, with the purchase of a broodstock facility on the Isle of Man.

Troutlodge – a leading supplier of eyed salmonid eggs – has signed a purchase agreement with Glen Wyllin Trout Hatchery, providing the company with its first production site in Europe. Glen Wyllin, currently owned and operated by Dr David Beard, has been in operation as a brood farm since 1980 and supplies eyed Rainbow trout eggs to Europe and the Middle East. With the purchase, Troutlodge will increase its annual global production by approximately 15%, and will use this facility to more readily serve the European and Middle East markets.

“To find a certified disease-free facility in such close proximity to these important markets is a real win-win situation for Troutlodge, our valued customers, and existing Glen Wyllin customers,” states Troutlodge President Jim Barfoot. “We have been searching for a suitable location to expand into Europe for a few years now, and we are tremendously excited about this purchase. It provides us opportunities to not only better serve these important markets, but to also free up more of our U.S. production to meet the ever-growing demand in Central and South America, as well as Asia.”

Dr Beard will remain on-board through this shipping season to help manage the transition to the new Troutlodge management team. Current Glen Wyllin customers can continue to order directly from the Isle of Man facility. However, as demand is expected to outpace supply from this facility, Troutlodge will continue shipping to some European and Middle East markets from the USA.

“We are excited to meet the Glen Wyllin customers and look forward to providing them with the same high level of service and quality products that Troutlodge customers have known and trusted for so long,” states Gary Charsley, European Sales Representative for Troutlodge, who assisted in negotiating the acquisition.

Dr Beard sums it all up in saying: “I truly believe that this is an excellent deal for everyone, particularly for the most important people – the customers. I am very proud of the work we have done here, especially with the genetic selection programme and with maintaining our long-standing disease-free status, and I am excited to see Troutlodge take this business to the next level.”

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