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New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Inc. acquires Tassal Group of Australia for $1.5B

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Inc. says it has completed a C$1.5-billion acquisition of Australian seafood producer Tassal Group Ltd. The parent company of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
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workers position their boats at a Cooke Aquaculture salmon farm near Blacks Harbour, N.B., on July 13, 2017. New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Inc. says it has completed a $1.5-billion acquisition of Australian seafood producer Tassal Group Ltd. The parent company of Cooke Aquaculture Inc. says the deal is the largest-ever purchase for the family-owned company since its launch in 1985. Cooke says it acquired all outstanding shares of Tassal for AUD$5.23 per share following approval by Tassal shareholders and an Australian court. Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke, says the company is thrilled to join the Tasmanian aquaculture industry and welcomes Tassal’s 1,700 employees to the Cooke family of companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Robert F. Bukaty

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Inc. says it has completed a C$1.5-billion acquisition of Australian seafood producer Tassal Group Ltd.

The parent company of Cooke Aquaculture Inc. says the deal is the largest-ever purchase for the family-owned company since its launch in 1985.

Cooke says it acquired all outstanding shares of Tassal for A$5.23 per share following approval by Tassal shareholders and an Australian court.

Cooke CEO Glenn Cooke says the company is thrilled to join the Tasmanian aquaculture industry and welcomed Tassal’s 1,700 employees.

Tassal harvests 40,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon annually in five marine farming zones with four land-based freshwater hatcheries and four processing facilities from southern Tasmania to the north of Queensland.

It also farms 5,500 tonnes of Australian black tiger prawns from two hatcheries, three pond farms and processing facilities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 21, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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