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History of High Liner Foods


    Over 125 years ago, five brothers of the Smith family started a seafood company in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The brothers wanted to offer exceptional products and services to their neighbours in the community. The Smith family's efforts quickly earned the respect of families throughout Eastern Canada. And soon after, from coast to coast.

    Although we’ve been feeding families for over a century, never resting on our laurels is key to what we do today. Our mission is about what’s next: To reimagine seafood and continually provide healthy, convenient and exciting new taste experiences for families: today and tomorrow.

    Today, we are one of North America's largest producers and marketers of frozen, value-added seafood products—and a family of great people and strong brands with a dedication to excellence.


    The company and its employees are committed to conducting business in a manner that reflects the following values:


    High Liner Foods’ employees focus on meeting the current and future needs of our customers. We realize that our success depends on understanding our customers, building strong relationships and delivering quality products on time. 


    High Liner Foods’ employees are committed to providing differentiated and innovative products and services to grow our business and meet the needs of a changing marketplace. We are also committed to innovation in our work to make our business more efficient. 


    High Liner Foods’ employees take responsibility for their actions. In a competitive industry, we operate with integrity with our customers, suppliers and coworkers.  We respect our environment and are committed to sustainability in all of our operations.


    • 1899

      Our journey began.

    • 1926

      Created the High Liner brand. 

    • 1945

      Created National Sea Products.

    • 1982

      Acquired the Commodore private label.

    • 1986

      Acquired Fisher Boy.

    • 1999

      Changed our name to High Liner Foods.

    • 2007

      Acquired the North American marketing and manufacturing business of Fishery Products International. 

    • 2010

      Purchased the assets of Viking Seafoods, Inc. 

    • 2011

      Acquired Icelandic Group’s U.S. and Asian operations. 

    • 2013

      Acquired the principal assets and operations of American Pride Seafoods LLC from American Seafoods Group LLC.

    • 2014

      Acquired the business of Atlantic Trading Company LLC.

    • 2016

      Sold scallop business assets along with the New Bedford, Massachusetts facility to Blue Harvest Fisheries.

    • 2017

      Acquired Rubicon Resources, LLC.