CLEAN Seas will no longer process its kingfish in Port Lincoln after the company signed a long-term lease for a 2500-square metre processing facility in Adelaide.
The company, which changed its name to Clean Seas Seafood in December last year, has been focused on improving its branding and marketing, expanding export markets and increasing the use of kingfish as a “centre of plate” fish.
The new facility is on track to start operating early in the new financial year after state of the art processing equipment was purchased late last year.
Clean Seas chief executive officer David Head said the company spent about six months trying to find a suitable location in Port Lincoln but could not find one.
In the past Clean Seas has outsourced its processing to contractors in Port Lincoln and Adelaide but has not owned a processing facility of its own.
Mr Head said as well as looking for suitable locations in Port Lincoln, the company also considered working with its current contractor here.
“It was something we had to think very hard about and we did try to find a location in Port Lincoln,” Mr Head said.
“It was clear that for the size, scale and scope we were after, it needed to be in Adelaide.”
He said the processing facility in Adelaide also had extensive space for for future expansion, which would be used as feed storage until it was needed.
“The facility was previously used as a food production facility and is well set up to accommodate our requirements,” he said.
Mr Head said using the space for feed storage would also bring down the company’s existing warehouse costs.
He said it was critically important for Clean Seas to have control over the supply chain and the new processing facility in Adelaide would also allow the company to explore future product development.
“By bringing processing in-house we have total control over things like quality and market demand,” Mr Head said.
He said it was important for the company to be able to respond to market demand, which was highlighted in the 45 per cent increase in sales to 1086 tonnes on the same time last year.
Mr Head said centralising the company’s processing in Adelaide was a positive step for the company which expects to sell 2500 tonnes of kingfish this finanical year.