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Organic Cod Farmers Win Crown Estate Business Award

by the Fish Site Editor
14 July 2006, at 1:00am

UK - The Crown Estate is delighted to announce the winners of a new, company-wide Business Awards scheme designed to recognise excellence in business performance, innovation, environmental care and sustainability. These areas complement The Crown Estates core values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship.

Organic Cod Farmers Win Crown Estate Business Award - UK - The Crown Estate is delighted to announce the winners of a new, company-wide Business Awards scheme designed to recognise excellence in business performance, innovation, environmental care and sustainability. These areas complement The Crown Estates core values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship.

The awards operate in each of The Crown Estates business areas marine, rural and urban - and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to encouraging the development of successful, innovative and sustainable business.

The Marine Business Award winner is Johnson Seafarms based in Vidlin, Shetland. For over two decades Johnsons farmed salmon has been recognised as premium grade. They were amongst the first in the world to produce farmed cod on a commercial scale and their farmed mussels have quickly found ready buyers across Europe.

Their pioneering strategy aims to make all Johnson Seafarms produce organic, including mussels and sea trout. The company has done much to raise the profile of marine fish farming in a positive manner, through the development of a unique brand.

The judges were particularly impressed with how the company, in the middle of very difficult trading conditions, managed to raise 21m of private equity funding to diversify from salmon farming into farming organic cod. The company maintains a strong focus on sustainability, the environment, fish welfare and invests significant sums in research and development for the future.

Roger Bright, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate, said, I am delighted to be able to announce the winners of The Crown Estate Business Awards, in this, their inaugural year.

To receive a Business Award is an accolade of which our winners can be very proud, beating, as they have done, diverse entries from across the breadth of The Crown Estate.

The winners this year have all demonstrated exemplary business acumen and foresight, tackling the challenges their businesses faced with innovative solutions and excellent commercial results.

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