Next Wave Seafood, originally known as Bantry Bay Seafoods, a privately-owned company, was established in 1991 in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland. In fact, we were the largest grower, processor and exporter of frozen value-added shellfish in Ireland. We got our start by innovating (and patenting) an award–winning technique for processing shellfish. We take freshly harvested, top-quality mussels and clean, vacuum pack, and freeze them with all the natural juices retained inside the shell. This process enables mussels to be available 12 months of the year.
In 2000, we began selling mussels in the USA and actually created a whole, new category in the grocery store – frozen marinated mussels! For the first time ever, consumers could buy frozen mussels in the store, bring them home and make the kind of delicious meals that were only available in the finest restaurants. We expanded on this success by building a dedicated team to help create new recipes and new varieties, specifically for the U.S. market.