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David Sussmann started Seafoodia in Rhode Island, USA. A strong relationship is forged with the fisherman of Newfoundland, building a lasting partnership and making his first sale, more than 400 kg of groundfish. Everything takes off quickly, the business grows rapidly and David's passion for seafood starts to play a major role in his and his family's lives. Already his taste for adventure and entrepreneurial dreams are pushing him to look further afield.
In the spirit of the pioneers, David and his wife Amy, leave the New World, for the old… Seafoodia sets out to conquer Europe, in particular France, its founder's home country. He sets up offices in Paris, on the Seine, in order to establish a prestigious branch. He sells more than 4000 tonnes of deep-sea fish. From that point on, he's unstoppable: He sets a heading for Marseille, his birthplace, his cultural roots, his home port and where he wants to shine the light of his modern entrepreneurial vision. By quickly becoming a key player on the international market, he brings a new focus on the fish trade in the ancient Greek city.
He chose Marseille to set up the group headquarters, with his mind set on conquering the world.
Opening of subsidiaries in Canada and Norway. (1999 to 2002)
Seafoodexport becomes the first Canadian seafood exporter to China.
Marketing of 40% of Canada's total Mackerel quota.
The magazine "Produits de la Mer" declares Seafoodia is the French business that has shown the strongest growth over the past 4 years.
Opening of the Moroccan subsidiary.
The “Prix de l’Ambition” (Prize of Ambition) de la Tribune is awarded to Seafoodexport, a prize given to businesses which particularly shine in areas of innovation, international affairs and sustainable development.
The group decided to humanise its workplace by setting the well-being of its employees at the heart of its mission.
Seafoodia is chosen by the Société Générale bank, European leader in international transactions, to underpin its national “Team Spirit” campaign.
The 1200 fishermen of Prince Edward Island, Canada, entrust the marketing of their famous “PEI” label lobster to Seafoodia.
Seafoodia receives the Great Place to Work® label within the less than 50 employees category in France.
It developed its 10 year vision in co-construction with the Seafoodlovers.