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Cooke acquires Belgian shrimp producer Morubel

August 12, 2022  By  Nestor Arellano

(Image: cookeseafood.com)

Aquaculture company Cooke Inc., announced that it has bought Morubel NV, a shrimp processor based in Belgium.

Morubel is considered one of the leading shrimp processors in Western Europe. The company, which was formerly owned by Bencis Capital Partners, cultivates, processes, packs and distributes shrimp and other seafood products. The company has customers in  Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, and France.

Morubel was found in 1954 and was acquired in 2014 by Bencis.

“Morubel’s focus on developing sustainable, new added value products and continuously focusing on innovation was an attractive complement to our European seafood offerings,” says Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc. “We’re very excited to welcome Morubel’s 100 employees to Cooke. The plant staff, sales and management are exceptional, and they have formed longstanding customer relationships by being a flexible and reliable supplier with consistently high quality and short delivery times.”

The Cooke family of companies has diversified operations in Europe including Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, Northeast Nutrition Scotland, Cooke Aquaculture Spain / Grupo Culmarex, and Bioriginal Europe/Asia B.V. in The Netherlands. Globally, Cooke harvests and sells 30 percent wild seafood and 70 percent farmed seafood and has in-market European sales representatives.

Morubel’s wild catch product range includes Argentina red shrimp, tropical prawns and shrimp, Vannamei prawns, crayfish, and squid. The company supplies farmed aquaculture including Black Tiger prawns, northern prawns, mussels and scallops.

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