ABOUT US

Fruits de mer du Québec

Fruits de mer du Québec was the brainchild of entrepreneurs Dary Côté and Denis Fortin, proud of the fish from their Gaspésie.

Dary Côté could never get the Gaspésie out of his mind. At the age of 16, he left his native region to settle in Montreal and pursue a career in the construction industry. For a long time, the entrepreneur travel back and forth between the metropolis and the village where he grew up. Each time, he brought back fish caught in the Gaspésie in his luggage.

Surprised not to see any Gaspesian fish or seafood on the shelves of Montreal’s major supermarkets, Dary Côté made a commitment to introduce Canadians to the foods that Gaspesians eat. To do so, he created the company Seafood Canada. In light of its success, he joined forces with an old friend and entrepreneur, Denis Fortin.

Gaspésie fish and seafood are easy to find. They are available in Gaspésie’s wooden display and meticulously designed by Dary Côté. Why wood? The carpenter reminds us that fishing and the forest industry remain two strong symbols of his Gaspésie. Each display carries the Seafood Canada logo in addition to projecting photos of this wonderful corner of the country on a screen.

The catches, deposited in the displays, came straight from the waters of the Gaspésie, the North Shore and the Magdalen Islands. Côté and Fortin are adamant. The fish and seafood from these three regions are distinguished by their taste and the firmness of their flesh. To what are these characteristics attributable? To the limpidity of the water of the St. Lawrence River and its falling mercury, entrepreneurs say.

Seafood Canada products are available in IGA stores all over the province as well as in a variety of independent grocery stores. Dary Côté and Denis Fortin are connected to some 15 partners from fishers to processors to packagers.

Seafood Canada is a member of the l’Association québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche (AQIP) and the l’Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec (ADA).

In fact, the business won grand prize in the Défi des fournisseurs ADA 2018. Seafood Canada products are certified by Aliments du Québec.

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    Our display

    Each display case countains:

    Featuring shrimp and scallops; these are sold individually or together. How to prepare them? Crustaceans and molluscs go very well together in a seafood pasta.

    Cod, turbot and halibut are plentiful in the display cases. Alongside, find cod and halibut cheeks that are well worth discovering. How to prepare them? Dust them with flour, dip in a beaten egg and then fry them up. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice while cooking. Delicious!

    A wicked pleasure for sure, smoked fish is an exclusive for Fruits de Mer du Québec. A tasting platter includes mackerel, cod, turbot and salmon. These fish are naturally smoked with maple wood. How to prepare them? Excellent as an appetizer, serve on a slice of baguette with cream cheese.

    No time to cook? Check the display case for meals-to-go. Codfish balls, the oldest Gaspésie delicacy, the best of les îles in a rosée sauce, potted seafood pâté, seafood pizza, lobster bisque and bouillabaisse are on the menu. Enjoy!

    Fruits de Mer du Québec is much more than shrimp, scallops, cod and halibut. The display cases are overflowing with flavour. Yours to discover!

    No inspiration? Check out our recipes and cook up your favourite dish of shrimp, scallop, cod or halibut.

    Our displays

    Each display contains:

    Featuring shrimp and scallops; these are sold individually or together. How to prepare them? Crustaceans and molluscs go very well together in a seafood pasta

    Cod, turbot and halibut are plentiful in the display racks. Alongside, find cod and halibut cheeks that are well worth discovering. How to prepare them? Dust them with flour, dip in a beaten egg and then fry them up. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice while cooking. Delicious!

    A wicked pleasure for sure, smoked fish is an exclusive from Seafood Canada. A tasting platter includes mackerel, cod, turbot and salmon. These fish are naturally smoked with maple wood. How to prepare them? Excellent as an appetizer, serve on a slice of baguette with cream cheese.

    No time to cook? Look for meals-to-go in the display. Codfish balls, the oldest Gaspesian dish and the gratin des îles in its rosé sauce make up the menu. Enjoy!

    Seafood Canada is much more than shrimp, scallops, cod and halibut. The displays are overflowing with flavour. It’s up to you to discover them!

    No inspiration? Check out our recipes and cook up your favourite dish of shrimp, scallop, cod or halibut.

    Our products are available in all IGA supermarkets !

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    OUR TEAM

    Dary Côté
    Founder
    Chief Executive Officer
    Denis Fortin

    Vice President
    Director of production
    Supply Manager

    Marie-Ève Chevalier

    Director of Sales
    Executive Assistant

    Guillaume Larose

    Sales development
    Fish specialist
    Event manager

    Grace Amaral
    Administrative Assistant