Of all of the types of shellfish, Norwegian crab is one of the most impressive, healthy and tasty additions to a wide number of recipes both in Norway and beyond. These include both the red king crab and the brown crab species, making their home in the clear fresh waters of the Norwegian coastline
The total annual crab production worldwide account is approximately 1.2 million tonnes. China is the clear leader and known as the dominant crab nation, followed by crab production in the United States and Canada. Although Norway’s production is relatively small in comparison to the world leaders, this country’s crab products are well-known for their high quality – quality that comes from their origin in the cold, clean waters here.
|Berlevåg Kongekrabbe’s location near rich grounds for crabbing combined with excellent logistics makes it an ideal supplier of crabmeat internationally.
© Berlevåg Kongekrabbe
HitraMat is currently Norway`s leading producer of edible crab, representing over 50% of the total Norwegian crab catch. A view to the future is a part of all company operations, with a state of the art facility meeting or exceeding all HACCP , QMP and BRC quality. Situated on Hitra, one of the largest islands in Norway, the company’s natural setting is the perfect location in pristine Norwegian fjords. A combination of tradition and expertise, all HitramMat crabs are caught in traditional crab-traps by professional fishermen. According to Marketing Vice President Katja Samara, “Our customers continue to discover the many excellent creative uses of pure white crab in fine recipes tailored for the retail, hotel, restaurant and catering markets.”
One company that enjoys close proximity to rich king crab fishing grounds is Berlevåg Kongekrabbe (“kongekrabbe” is the Norwegian word for king crab), located on the northern Norwegian coast of Finnmark. The local fishing fleet ensures high quality raw produce, which are then process into top quality products. The company’s new processing plant ensures efficient production resulting in top quality products to the benefit of its customers.
According to Berlevåg Kongekrabbe Director Fred Martin Langøy, “Our company is now reaching farther out into Europe with our service of sending live King Crab to our customers on the continent. Excellent logistics allows the product to be delivered fresh and healthy in a very short time. Our customers have given us positive feedback, and we are looking to expand this service in the future.”
The Natural Choice
The internationally known Bocuse d’Or chooses only the best ingredients for its competition that crowns an international culinary championship. Earlier competitions have seen a variety of Norwegian seafood, including both farmed and wild-caught Norwegian red king crab enjoying its place in the spotlight in the 2007 competition.
Clean, fresh waters; professional handling and processing, combined with state of the art logistics makes Norway and companies such as HitraMat, Berlevåg Kongekrabbe, Bodø Skalldyr, and others the natural choice when looking for the best crab quality.