About us

Marine Harvest Sterk is the fish coating specialist of the Marine Harvest Group.
Coating a wide variety of whitefish species as well as salmon is at the heart of our operations.
Our company was founded in Lemmer in 1882.
So we can boast 135 years of experience in fish and seafood processing.

Marine Harvest Sterk is the only Marine Harvest plant in the Netherlands.
Marine Harvest Group is the largest producer of Atlantic salmon in the world
and one of the world's leading seafood companies.
Next to some 250 salmon farms in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, the Faroe Islands, Canada and Chili
the Marine Harvest Group also owns some 35 fish and seafood processing plants
in Europe, Asia and on the American continent.

Marine Harvest Group operates in 24 countries around the world and
its total staff count amounted to over 13,200 employees at the end of 2017.

Marine Harvest Sterk production

Fish coating specialist

As coating specialist Marine Harvest Sterk occupies a unique position in the Marine Harvest Group. We process about 20 different fish species in a variety of formats, shapes and sizes into a wide range of high quality convenience products which find their way to consumers at home and abroad through retail and foodservice channels.

Coating a wide variety of whitefish species is at the heart of our operations. Since a few years also coated salmon products have been added to our range.

Our guiding principles

Product
Marine Harvest Sterk produces tasty and healthy products
which are quick and easy to prepare.

Planet
Our operations and long-term continuity ultimately depend on
sustainable and environmentally responsible interactions with the natural environment.
Our processes, research & development efforts and our people's
training are all focused at protecting the environment to the best of our abilities.

People
We aim to provide safe and meaningful jobs to our employees.
The safety, self-respect and personal pride of our people cannot be compromised
if we are to succeed as a company and to maintain good relationships
with local communities.

Profit
Our company's continuous success hinges on our ability to provide customer value from
healthy, tasty and nutritious fish and seafood, produced both cost-effectively
and in a sustainable way that maintains a good natural environment and
respects the needs of the wider society.

Marine Harvest Sterk - Product
Marine Harvest Sterk - Planet
Marine Harvest Sterk - People
Marine Harvest Sterk - Profit

Foundation and history

Marine Harvest Sterk is the oldest company in the Marine Harvest Group: Founded in 1882 by Johannes Gerardus Sterk, it has been processing fish and seafood for about 135 years.
It started as a smokehouse for fish landed locally. For four generations, the company was led by the Sterk family. After that it changed hands several times. New markets were explored over the course of the years.
In the eighties Sterk developed into a fish coating specialist.
Since 2006 Marine Harvest Sterk has been part of the Marine Harvest Group.

Today Marine Harvest Sterk  has 156 skilled, very dedicated and loyal employees who together produce over 75 million delicious fish portions per year and realize a 45 million euro turnover with their delicious, healthy and convenient coated fish products.

Our history

1882

1920

1947

1959

1988

2006

2013

2018

Johannes Sterk

1882

Johannes Gerardus Sterk registers his business and buys his first production area. One of the major strengths of the company was the ‘integrated’ access to raw material: fresh fish landed locally. In those days, Lemmer was still a sea port.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

1920

Johannes Gerardus Sterk leaves the smoking business to his seven sons.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

1947

Two sons of these seven sons take over the company and give the activities the name ‘Gebroeders Sterk’.
One of them is Wiro Sterk, who led the company for more than 25 years.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

1959

Gerard, Peter and André, sons of Wiro Sterk, take over the business and start to explore the European markets in the sixties.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

1988

Next to North Sea plaice other species become more important. From filleting-focused the company transforms into a coating specialist.
The company enters a new phase through the take-over by the British Hazelwood and gradually the Sterk family members are leaving the company.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

2006

After changing hands several times Sterk becomes part of the Marine Harvest Group.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

2013

A specialized coating line is relocated from Belgium to Marine Harvest Sterk to realize more synergies and create opportunities for further strategic growth in Europe. Marine Harvest Sterk is now able to supply coated products for chilled sales in Modified Atmosphere Packaging.
More and more focus on product development with regard to coated salmon products.

MH Sterk geschiedenis

2018

Launch of the first dedicated Marine Harvest Sterk website.

Marine Harvest Group has operations around the world

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