StarKist Co. is a food company that is focused on healthy, shelf-stable products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna, Salmon and Chicken Creations, and StarKist Selects E.V.O.O. As America’s favorite tuna*, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist Co. originated from the French Sardine Company, founded in 1917, and first marketed tuna under the StarKist name in 1942. Our charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today.
In 2017, StarKist® celebrated its 100th anniversary!
It was purchased by Dongwon from the American food manufacturer Del Monte Foods on June 24, 2008, for slightly more than $300 million.
Founded in 1969, Dongwon Group began as a fisheries business and branched out into various sectors including a strong food & beverage manufacturing arm, Dongwon F&B. Dongwon F&B now owns 75% of canned tuna market share in Korea. Dongwon Industries is one of the world's largest tuna catching companies with a fleet of 36 boats. Dongwon's world class fish procurement and processing capacity builds on StarKist's national brand recognition and distribution networks in the United States to bring world-class seafood to consumers worldwide. Dongwon Group also has a presence in the logistics, telecommunications and construction sectors.
Tackling marine litter through circular innovation European Union
In the heart of the Bay of Biscay, where the azure waters meet the Spanish Basque Country, the BLUENET project set sail to tackle lost fishing gear, upcycling the ominous 'ghost-nets'.