Since 1936 the Wanchese name has been known for fresh off the boat quality seafood. This family owned business serves both the food service and retail industries. As the originators of the formed scallop industry, the company has been a leading producer of fish and shellfish, from catch of the day to fresh flounder, croaker, tuna and shrimp. We bring the finest seafood to your table at a fair price. Choose from an incredible variety of fresh and frozen packs. Wanchese Fish Company has the right taste to satisfy the most discriminating palate and customer.
Wanchese has grown to become a leading supplier of delicious seafood all over North America and Europe. A vertically integrated seafood harvester, processor, and distributor, Wanchese is capable of harvesting over 4,000 tons of wild scallops, shrimp, oysters, king crab, and other delicious seafood each year. Our state of the art processing plant, administrative offices, and cold storage facility are located in Suffolk, VA.
Research and Innovation
Wanchese Fish Company was the first seafood company to embark on a new technology that took small scallops and formed them into larger scallops. The Scallop Medallions™ were introduced to the market in 1997 and the product’s success has changed the scallop industry.
Research into new products such as Scallop Medallions and on board freezing are just two examples of how we work hard to continue to bring the best products to our customers.
Our Family of Companies
Wanchese Trawl & Supply Co
In 2015, Wanchese Fish Company was acquired by Cooke Seafood USA, owned by the Cooke Family, one of the world’s leading seafood producers. This allowed Wanchese to remain a family owned company with more opportunities to harvest and distribute seafood on a global level.
The Cooke family, with six generations of fishing in their blood, has parlayed its knowledge of the local climate, sea, and environment with hard work and persistence, into becoming world-leading innovators in sustainable seafood farming.
Over the years the company expanded its facilities, product lines and distribution networks to become the fully integrated corporation it is today with operations in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Maine, Virginia, Washington State, Alaska, Argentina, Chile, Spain and Scotland as well as sales representatives in major centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
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