Chinese firm scoops up Eastern Passage lobster plant

2014/10/21

The Chronicle Herald    Published October 20

Company looking for up to 10 million pounds in near future

Officials with Zoneco Group of China toured Capital Seafood International Inc. in Eastern Passage on Monday. Jack Liu, president of North American operations for Z F Max International Inc., a subsidiary of Zoneco Group; Liu Meilin, procurement with Zoneco; and He Chunlei, CEO at Zoneco Group, check out some lobster at the plant. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)

Officials with a major Chinese seafood company, which ordered its first shipment of lobster from Nova Scotia in 2013, announced Monday the acquisition of an Eastern Passage processing facility.

The new owners of H&H Fisheries Ltd. will hire about 50 workers and ramp up immediately to a year-round from a seasonal operation as Capital Seafood International Inc.

The parent company, Zoneco Group Corp. Ltd., of Dalian, China, also plans to establish an estimated $4-million storage facility in the southwestern part of the province, company officials said at a news conference at the Eastern Passage processing plant.