Albany company has high hopes for humble Aussie salmon

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Albany Seafoods’ Tony Westerberg with Tuesday Foods' Wild Australian Salmon Spread.
Camera IconAlbany Seafoods’ Tony Westerberg with Tuesday Foods' Wild Australian Salmon Spread. Credit: Laurie Benson

Australian salmon does not have a reputation for fine dining, but an Albany company has high hopes for its new range of locally-caught canned products.

Albany Seafoods’ new canned-salmon range was launched last Friday at the Albany Boatshed.

Tuesday Foods' Wild Australian Salmon Spread.
Camera IconTuesday Foods' Wild Australian Salmon Spread. Credit: Laurie Benson

Local fisherman Tony Westerberg and his company have produced 12 varieties and, after a delay due to COVID-19, they are now on the market.

A strong crowd, including Albany mayor Dennis Wellington, gathered at the Boat Shed for the launch which was marketed by Tuesday Foods.

Libby Marmion and Sue Newbold.
Camera IconLibby Marmion and Sue Newbold. Credit: Laurie Benson

A container full of 36,000 individual packages, containing locally caught fish, arrived from overseas last month ready for sale.

Mr Westerberg said the company would see how sales went in the first few months before expanding production.

Anne-Marie and Geoff Thomas and Maree Passmore.
Camera IconAnne-Marie and Geoff Thomas and Maree Passmore. Credit: Laurie Benson

“The launch was really good, a chance to show off the products to local people and fishermen,” he said. “We had a chef there and he put them into 12 dishes which were well received.

Tony and Rhonda Westerberg with daughter Elle Todd and son Bryn Westerberg.
Camera IconTony and Rhonda Westerberg with daughter Elle Todd and son Bryn Westerberg. Credit: Laurie Benson

“We have 12 different flavours but we’ve started with four to see what sales are like.

“It’s all early days and the cans have only just come in. Exporting them overseas has potential but they are out there in the marketplace and hopefully the product can grow.”

Laura Westerberg and Cassie Creek.
Camera IconLaura Westerberg and Cassie Creek. Credit: Laurie Benson

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