After more than 20 years of experience and knowledge in the fishing sector, started the project Mariscos Don Cigala, with the aim of working in the marketing, distribution and sale of live shellfish, primarily prawn, to supply the Vigo market and its surroundings. The prawn has a great demand in Spain and in turn is very scarce, which makes the price of the domestic product to be very high. With the aim to offer the product at a more competitive price without sacrificing quality, we established a supply network to import the product from the UK where there are larger stocks and have an extensive worldwide recognition. Their vitality and quality due to the purity and low temperatures of the northern seas waters, are determining factors at the time of choosing between shellfish from other sources.
We started the operations with a staff of 4 employees, renting the majority of the resources required for the transportation as well as storage of products, depending of intermediaries in the country of origin for the purchase of shellfish.
Since then, we have grown both in market share as well as in resources, for us to become today one of the largest marketers of live prawn in Spain. Today we own a modern building located in the fishing port of Vigo, capable of storing more than 7,000 kilos of live shellfish, with rooms for cooling, freezing and cooker for shellfish. Besides this, we have prepared vivier trailers to ensure optimal transport of shellfish between the UK and Spain, thermal and refrigerated vans, for distributions to our clients and a staff of 11 permanent employees plus many others who perform temporary reinforcements during loading and unloading of trucks. The year 2015 marked a turning point for our company, with the opening of a new facility in the Isle of Skye in Scotland, that will enable us to guarantee the supply of product without having to rely on intermediaries that may affect the availability, price or quality of it.
The main activity of the company has maintained over the years and today the live shellfish remains the largest part of the business, emphasizing especially on prawn. Other products such as brown crab, lobster or velvet crab, caught in Scotland as well as shrimp from Ireland, and spider crab from France, completing the offer of live shellfish that is available today. In addition, we commercialize bivalves such as mussel, clam, oyster, razor clam, scallop and cockle, as well as fishes such as turbot, sea bass, grouper, salmon, hake, swordfish, angler fish and sole.
The year 2016 marks the beginning of a new era for Mariscos Don Cigala, to undertake two new projects that will sustain continued growth for the coming years. One of them is the internationalization, to reach wholesale customers in different markets in Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia among others.
Our second aim is to venture in the electronic commerce to offer our products directly to the final consumer in the local market.
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