Fortune International, LLC, a Midwest leading processor, distributor and importer of quality seafood, meats, and gourmet products; announced the January 15 purchase of the Kansas City operations of Seattle Fish, a Denver, Colorado based seafood and gourmet product distributor. Already one of the nation’s largest seafood and specialty food distributors, the acquisition will expand Fortune International’s Fortune Fish & Gourmet brand with additional processing and distribution facilities which will allow them to increase their service level and footprint in Missouri and the surrounding states.
Fortune will continue to operate the business out of the Seattle Fish Kansas City facility. The facility will be enhanced with the conversion to Fortune’s state-of-the-art ERP, inventory management, and routing software as well as the introduction of advanced automation for uniformity and efficiency.
Sean J. O’Scannlain, Fortune’s president & CEO, says, “This is our second strategic acquisition in the last twelve months in the region and an important one for our future growth plans. We are thrilled to welcome the gifted Seattle Fish Kansas City team to the Fortune family.”
Seattle Fish expanded into the Mid-west market in 2003 and opened a state-of-the-art facility there in 2015. They have operated as a seafood processor and distributor servicing the finest retailers, restaurants and clubs in the region for the last 16 years. The company will be rebranded as Fortune Fish & Gourmet and Scott Godke, the General Manager of Seattle Fish Kansas City, was hired by Fortune International and will continue to oversee the Kansas City operations. This purchase involves only the Kansas City operations of Seattle Fish and does not include their Denver-based processing or distribution operations.
James Iacino, Executive Chairman of Seattle Fish adds, “This is a strategic and beneficial transaction for both corporations. Seattle Fish has called Colorado and the Midwest home for over 100 years. We are looking forward to continuing that legacy while making strategic investments in our core market.”
Fortune International embarked upon an acquisition strategy in 2012. The Seattle Fish acquisition follows the acquisition of JDY Gourmet in 2012, Chef Martin Old World Butcher Shop in 2014, Coastal Seafoods in 2016, Lobster Gram in 2017, Morey’s Seafood International of Missouri in April of 2019, Classic Provisions Inc. of Minnesota in June of 2019 and Jubilee Seafoods of Alabama in July of 2019.