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Royal Greenland owns a total of 48 factories and processing facilities in Greenland, Canada and Europe.

Greenland

Along the west coast of Greenland Royal Greenland owns 38 plants and facilities including large plants with 2-3 shifts per day and small facilities with 1-2 employees. The factories in Greenland mainly operate with prawns, Greenland halibut, cod, crab and lumpfish roe. The plants’ activities range widely, from the production and packaging of finished products to the packaging of intermediate products for further processing in Asia or Poland, as well as, for example, block freezing and salting. 

Qaanaaq
-

Factory Manager: Magnus Qairngaaq
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing and drying of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 2 t/day
Cold store capacity: 200 ton
Employees: 5 in the season

Aappilattoq (North)
1992

Factory Manager: Martin Petersen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 2 t/day
Cold store capacity: 130 ton
Employees: 4-10 low/peak seasons

Kullorsuaq
1991

Factory Manager: Jørgen Adam Fisker
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 4 t/day
Cold store capacity: 500 ton
Employees: 4-10 low/peak seasons

Tasiusaq
1997

Factory Manager: Frederik Olsen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 20 t/day
Cold store capacity: 600 ton
Employees: 10-20 low/peak seasons

Nuussuaq
2010

Factory Manager: Anton Heilmann
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 3 t/day
Cold store capacity: 130 ton
Employees: 1-7 low/peak seasons

Innaarsuit
1995

Factory Manager: Hans Peter Kristensen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 10 t/day
Cold store capacity: 550 ton
Employees: 10-20 low/peak seasons

Nutaarmiut
1997

Factory Manager: Niels Geisler
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 12 t/day
Cold store capacity: 600 ton
Employees: 10-15 low/peak seasons

Upernavik
1983

Factory Manager: Flemming Andersen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 5 t/day
Cold store capacity: 200 ton
Employees: 4-10 low/peak seasons

Upernavik Kujalleq
1959

Factory Manager: Magnus Grim
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Freezing of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 2 t/day
Cold store capacity: 100 ton
Employees: 1-7 low/peak seasons

Qeqertaq
-

Factory Manager: Jakob Broberg
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: J-cut, whole fish
Capacity: 20 t/day
Cold store capacity: 100 ton
Employees: 15 low/peak seasons

Nuugaatsiaq
1990

Factory Manager: Job Mikaelsen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: J-cut, heads, tails, whole fish. In winter drying of Greenland halibut
Capacity: 4.5 t/day
Cold store capacity: 100 ton
Employees: 1-10 low/peak seasons

New freezing facilities in 2013, new drying house in 2013.

Saqqaq
1983

Factory Manager: Nielsine Hansen
Primary species: Greenland halibut, other fish
Products: Whole Greenland halibut frozen in blocks
Capacity: 8 t/day
Cold store capacity: 80 ton
Employees: 2-10 low/peak seasons

The unit burned down in 2003. The current facility opened in 2005.

Ukkusissat
1989

Factory Manager: Johanne Knudsen Samuelsen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: J-cut, heads, tails, whole fish
Capacity: 4.5 t/day
Cold store capacity: 100 ton
Employees: 1-10 low/peak seasons

New freezing facilities in 2013, new drying house in 2013.

Qeqertarsuaq
1934

Factory Manager: Emil Mølgård
Primary species: Snow crab, cod, Greenland halibut, lumpfish roe
Products: Crab sections, fish frozen in blocks, lumpfish roe in barrels
Capacity: 10 ton snow crab, 1 ton fish/day
Cold store capacity: 100 ton
Employees: 3-30 low/peak seasons

The unit has previously handled prawn, meat and frill production, but now produces only crab and fish.

Saattut
1986

Factory Manager: Marie Knudsen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: J-cut, heads, tails, whole fish
Capacity: 7 t/day
Cold store capacity: 400 ton
Employees: 1-15 low/peak seasons

Current unit was refurbished in 1998, when the large freezing facility was also taken into use.

Ilulissat
1920s

Factory Manager: Jensigne Schmidt
Primary species: Prawns, Greenland halibut
Products: IQF prawns, prawnmeal, whole Greenland halibut, cod
Capacity: 120 t prawns, 20 t fish/day
Cold store capacity: 1,600 ton
Employees: 100 low/peak seasons

The current unit was established in 1961 and has been refurbished several times. New Greenland halibut factory in 1998, closed in 2009. Prawn factory renovated in 2010.

Ikerasak
1990

Factory Manager: Elisabeth Filemonsen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Whole fish, fillets with and without skin
Capacity: 20 t/day
Cold store capacity: 80 ton
Employees: 2-25 low/peak seasons

The unit has only been refurbished to a small degree since it was established. New freezing facilities were established in 2008.

Uummannaq
1949

Factory Manager: Kirsten Jensen
Primary species: Greenland halibut
Products: Whole Greenland halibut, heads, tails, fillets and J-cut
Capacity: 40 t/day
Cold store capacity: 1,100 ton
Employees: 10-50 low/peak seasons

Current location since 1966, but the unit has been expanded several times, most recently in 2003.

Qasigiannguit
1940s

Factory Manager: Hans Grønvold
Primary species: Greenland halibut, other fish, lumpfish roe
Products: Greenland halibut fillets, frills, heads, IQF fillets, loins
Capacity: 25 ton Greenland halibut/day
Cold store capacity: 1,800 ton
Employees: 130 low/peak seasons

Refurbished as a prawn factory in 1952 and several times later on. Closed in 1997. Recommenced operations in 2000 and refurbished in 2011.

Ikamiut
-

Factory Manager: Marie Nielsen
Primary species: None
Products: None
Capacity: 0 t/day
Cold store capacity: 20 ton
Employees: 0

Sisimiut
1914

Factory Manager: Hans Lars Olsen
Primary species: Prawns, cod, snow crab
Products: Cooked and peeled prawns, cod fillets, crab sections
Capacity: 120 ton prawns, 15 ton snow crab/day
Cold store capacity: 1,600 ton
Employees: 100 low/peak seasons

Current unit built in 1969 for production of cod and prawns, renovated in 1992 and 2011 into a modern prawn processing facility

Akunnaaq
-

Factory Manager: Peter Nielsen
Primary species: None
Products: Dried fish. lumpfish roe from spring 2014
Capacity: 0 t/day
Cold store capacity: No cold store
Employees: 0

Kangaatsiaq
1950s

Factory Manager: Abia Thorsteinsen
Primary species: Cod, lumpfish roe
Products: Cod frozen in blocks, lumpfish roe in barrels
Capacity: 15 t/day freezing
Cold store capacity: 100 ton
Employees: 2-25 low/peak seasons

The unit was renovated/built in 1986 in its current form with production of cod. Today, cod and other fish are frozen and in the season lumpfish roe is processed. Rebuilt for cod fillet production 2015.

Sarfannguaq
1990

Factory Manager: Lars Peter Berthelsen
Primary species: Cod
Products: Salted fish of cod and cod frozen in blocks
Capacity: 15 t/day
Cold store capacity: 80 ton
Employees: 1-13 low/peak seasons

Renovated in 2005.

Niaqornaarsuk
1948

Factory Manager: Judithe Wille
Primary species: Cod, lumpfish roe
Products: Salted fish, lumpfish roe
Capacity: 5 t/day
Cold store capacity: No cold store
Employees: 4-10 low/peak seasons

Refurbished and renovated in 1995. Expanded in 2013.

Itilleq
1949

Factory Manager: Otto Enoksen
Primary species: Cod and lumpfish roe
Products: Salted fish and lumpfish roe
Capacity: 1.5 t/day
Cold store capacity: 10 ton
Employees: 1-7 low/peak seasons

Renovated in 1991/93 and in 1994/95.

Ikerasaarsuk
1950

Factory Manager: Lars Karlsen
Primary species: Cod, lumpfish roe
Products: Salted fish from cod and ugaq, lumpfish roe
Capacity: 5 t/day
Cold store capacity: No cold store
Employees: 1-10 low/peak seasons

Renovated in 1995.

Kangaamiut
1944

Factory Manager: Kristian Larsen 
Primary species: Cod, wolffish, Greenland halibut, lumpfish roe
Products: Whole fish, Winter-dried cod, dried wolffish, lumpfish roe in barrels
Capacity: 5 t/day
Cold store capacity: 30 ton
Employees: 4-16 low/peak seasons

Renovated in 1994/95. Expansion of the freezing capacity and cold store.

Attu
-

Factory Manager: Erneraq Ugpernangisoq
Primary species: Cod
Products: Salted fish, lumpfish roe, frozen cod and other species
Capacity: 2 t/day
Cold store capacity: 20 ton
Employees: 0

Maniitsoq
-

Factory Manager: Susanne Knudsen
Primary species: Nutaaq cod, snow crab, cod
Products: Crab sections and fillets of fish
Capacity: 5 ton snow crab-, 50 ton fish/day
Cold store capacity: 500 ton
Employees: 25-100 low/peak seasons

Filleting line and production of dried cod for the home market established.

Atammik
1992

Factory Manager: Erik Henriksen
Primary species: Cod, wolffish, lumpfish roe
Products: Whole fish, salted fish, lumpfish roe in barrels
Capacity: 3 ton freezing, 4 ton salting/day
Cold store capacity: 8 ton
Employees: 4-20 low/lumpfish roe season

Expansion of the cold store and freezing capacity. 8-10 ton freezing, 4 ton salting.

Paamiut
1920

Factory Manager: Ilannguaq Abrahamsen
Primary species: Snow crab, cod, lumpfish roe, other fish
Products: Crab sections, cod fillets, lumpfish roe, freezing
Capacity: Crab sections 10 t/day, fillets 20 t/day
Cold store capacity: 500 ton
Employees: 10-50 low/peak seasons

Refurbished from cod production to smokehouse in 1997. Closed in 2003. Prawn and crab production established in 2004. In 2012, the prawn production was closed in favour of the cod filleting line.

Nuuk
1959

Factory Manager: Theo Didriksen
Primary species: Cod, Greenland halibut, redfish, wolffish, lumpfish roe
Products: Lumpfish roe, whole fish IQF, products for the home market
Capacity: 50 t/day
Cold store capacity: 200 ton
Employees: 12-40 low/peak seasons

Godthåb Fiskeindustri taken over in 1990, prawn production closed in 2002.

Narsaq
1951

Factory Manager: Niels Sakariassen
Primary species: Lumpfish roe, cod
Products: Lumpfish roe in barrels
Capacity: Freezing of 20 t/day
Cold store capacity: 600 ton
Employees: 1-10 low/peak seasons

Renovated in 1995.

Qeqertarsuatsiaat
1983

Factory Manager: Simon Bendtsen
Primary species: Cod, lumpfish roe
Products: Salted fish, cod IQF, cod frozen in blocks, lumpfish roe in barrels
Capacity: 4 ton salted fish, 18 ton fish/day
Cold store capacity: 80 ton
Employees: 6-16 low/peak seasons

Aappilattoq (South)
-

Factory Manager: Aqqalu Levisen
Primary species: Halibut, cod
Products: Freezing
Capacity: 4 t/day
Cold store capacity: 70 ton
Employees: 3

First sales of raw materials initiated in 2014 after refurbishment and modernisation of cooling plant.

Canada

Royal Greenland runs 6 production units in Eastern Canada:

In Newfoundland, Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd. consist of five first sale and processing facilities, where local fishermen land their catches. The primary species originating from Newfoundland are snow crab, prawns, whelk, lobster, herring, cod, Greenland halibut and capelin.

In Matane, at the north coast of New Brunswick, Eastern Quebec Seafoods Ltd. purchases and processes prawns, primarily from the local fishing grounds.   

Old Perlican
1960

Factory manager: Gregg Hardy
Primary species:
Prawns, snow crab, whelk, scallops
Employees: 400  

 

Cupids
1960

Factory manager: Monty Noble
Primary species: Groundfish, pelagics
Employees: 30

Cape Broyle
1990/1965

Factory Manager: Surendra Botlagunta 
Primary species: Snow crab, pelagics, scallop, sea cucumber, cod 
Employees: 135 

Conche Seafood
1960

Factory manager: Stedman Letto
Primary species: Snow crab, whelk, pelagics
Employees: 70

 

Southern Harbour
1960

Factory Manager: Charles Daley
Primary species: Capelin, herring, mackerel
Employees: xx

Matane, Quebec
2006

Factory Manager: Gudmundur
Hognason
Primary species: Prawns
Products: Cooked and peeled prawns
Capacity: 30 t/day
Employees: 120 low/peak seasons

Europe

In Denmark, the factory in Aalborg primarily operates in two areas: final packaging of prawns for European retail and foodservice customers, and production of prawns in brine. The two German factories in Cuxhaven are jointly administered and focus on packaging the zip-lock and chain pack assortments, and retail packaging of lumpfish roe. The factory in Koszalin fillets plaice, flounder and Greenland halibut, and is responsible for extensive final processing and packaging for the European markets.

Aalborg, Denmark
1988

Factory Manager: Peter Korsbæk
Primary species: Prawns
Products: Packaging of shellfish for
retail and foodservice
Capacity: 15-18,000 t/year
Employees: 50-70 low/peak seasons

Koszalin, Poland
2006

Factory Manager: Meinhard Jacobsen
Primary species: Plaice, flounder, cod
Products: Breaded, battered and
stuffed flatfish, natural fillets, topped
salmon fillets
Capacity: 20,000 t/year
Employees: 800 low/peak seasons

Cuxhaven, Germany (Roe)
2010

Factory Manager: Helgi Helgason
Primary species: Lumpfish roe
Products: Lumpfish roe in glass jars
Capacity: 125,000 jars/day
Employees: 19-60 low/peak seasons

Cuxhaven, Germany (Ziplock)
2014

Factory Manager: Helgi Helgason
Primary species: Salmon, plaice, cod
Products: Fish portions/fillets/tails in
ZipLock bags
Capacity: 40 t/day
Employees: 18-25 low/peak seasons

 

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