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Beothic Fish Processors Limited, a Newfoundland-based company, is 50% owned by the Way family of Valleyfield and 50% by the Hallett family of St. John’s. The relationship is a very long one, beginning in the 1920s when Kenneth Way purchased salt cod along the north coast of Bonavista Bay and Tommy Hallett looked after the sales.
In the 1950s, B & F Way Limited of Newtown, Bonavista Bay and T. Hallett Limited of St. John’s established a joint venture to purchase, process and pack salt fish in Newtown, where premises were constructed to carry out the business. At the conclusion of the year’s activity, all expenses were totaled and the profit was divided evenly. By the mid 1960s, traditional salt fish plants were being replaced by multi-species plants, producing frozen products. In 1967, the partners purchased the salt fish experimental plant at Valleyfield from the Federal Government, which they have developed into a state-of-the-art fish processing facility.
Bioethics’ products have an international reputation for being consistently high in quality due to standards set by the owners and the pride of the plant’s workers and fishers in achieving these standards. Today, under the leadership of members of the original families, Beothic continues to strive for excellence.
Beothic Fish Processors Limited sources raw material from approximately 900 independent fishers, who utilize anywhere from 35 feet Length Overall (LOA) to 65 feet LOA. The smaller inshore vessels operate up to 50 miles from shore and the larger vessels operate in more remote locations.
Species purchased include: Ground fish, such as cod, Greenland turbot, Flounder, White Halibut, Grenadier, Redfish, Catfish, and Skate, Shellfish, including Snow Crab, Rock Crab, Atlantic Crab, and Squid, and Pelagics, including Capelin, Herring, Mackerel, and Smelts.
Handling practices on board the fishing vessels are aimed first and foremost at maintaining the quality of the raw material. All vessels delivering to Beothic are well maintained and they adhere to high sanitation standards. Raw materials are size and quality graded when offloaded and held in insulated containers with slush ice prior to processing. At dockside, quality inspections are done to ensure that the quality of the raw material is maintained. Quality assurance procedures meet and exceed the requirements of the Federal Governments’ Quality Management Program. This overall effort provides the processing operation at Valleyfield with the highest quality raw material.
Beothic Fish Processors Limited operates its Valleyfield facility under very stringent quality guidelines, and processes all raw materials soon after it is landed. We strive to maintain the quality of the raw material from the time it leaves the water to the final product stage. To accomplish this, Beothic relies on its state-of-the-art plant facilities and production equipment, highly trained production personnel, including full-time quality management personnel, a strict quality management regime which pays particular attention to customer demands for product quality, and a work ethic among our employees which is second to none in Canada’s fishing industry.
In addition, production management is aided by computerized weighing, costing and inventory control systems. The end result is an efficient production environment, which allows us to consistently deliver high quality products at competitive prices.
Beothic Fish Processors Limited processes ground fish, shellfish and pelagic species into a variety of product forms as dictated by customer preference, and we utilize a variety of marketing channels and techniques to market products internationally. We have personnel who are always monitoring issues to ensure customer satisfaction.
Ground fish products are handled in the United States by Great Northern Products Ltd. of Warwick, Rhode Island.
Beothic pays particular attention to customer needs, packing product of the highest quality to precise market specifications. We are a growing company and we are always looking at improvements to processing methods and are willing to try new species and products.