Pescados Llorente, based in the port of Ondarroa (Biscay), is the leading importer and exporter of Cantabrian fresh fish in terms of market share.
Since its founding in 1975, the company has experienced steady growth and has consistently exceeded its year-on-year turnover targets, reaching an export volume that now ranks it as the leading operator on the Cantabrian coast.
Pescados Llorente is also synonymous with quality and is an international benchmark in its industry having been awarded the International Food Standard (IFS) certification, the most important quality certification in food distribution..
Pescados Llorente focuses its business on the Europe-wide sale of fresh fish to wholesalers, distribution chains and specialised retailers.
To achieve this, it boasts a professional team that is responsible for coordinating the selection of the best raw material at the port of Ondarroa (Biscay).
After the selection process, the fresh fish obtained at the port is sent to its operations centre in Motrico (Guipuzcoa).
There, the fish is processed and carefully stored to guarantee optimum preservation prior to being distributed.
The company’s main markets, apart from Spain – which accounts for 55% of its business – are France, Italy, Greece, Morocco and Portugal; these are countries in which the company has an excellent reputation as a leading high-quality and reliable supplier.
Pescados Llorente boasts a 1,600-square-metre processing and distribution centre in Motrico (Guipuzcoa), from which it can handle 120,000kg of fish every day.
The company is committed to ensuring minimal damage to the raw material during the entire handling, preservation, packing and transportation process. To achieve this, the plant uses the latest technology and operates in accordance with the highest quality and safety standards.
At the centre, the company also has its own ice-making facility, producing the flaked variety, which, by means of laser technology, records the temperature of the fish throughout the process to ensure that it never exceeds 4°C.
The fish is stored in state-of-the-art cold rooms and distributed by the company’s own fleet of 23-tonne heavy goods vehicles equipped with thermographs.
Pescados Llorente sells a wide variety of species originating from the ports of the Cantabrian Sea and the major ports of France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Denmark.
The main species caught are:
Other species sold::
Pescados Llorente is a benchmark company in the industry for being one of the very few businesses worldwide that has been awarded the International Food Standard certification, the most important quality certification in food distribution.
The certificate, which is only applicable to companies that manufacture or pack food products, verifies compliance with quality assessment and stringent food safety requirements at international level; and, is therefore a differentiating factor in the market.
Pescados Llorente is also highly committed to balanced fishing and encourages the trawler owners with whom it works to comply with all environmental provisions established by the European Community in relation to sustainable fishing and conservation measures for fishing resources.
Finally, the company also actively supports and cooperates with port authorities to ensure compliance with commercialisation standards within the European Community.
A successor to the former canning firm “Joaquin Iriondo y Cia”, the company has a history of over 100 years of tradition and experience.
In 1975, it became Pescados Llorente, a milestone that marked the beginning of a new era with a new business philosophy that would lead to it becoming the most important export company in the port of Ondarroa.
Today, the fishing port in this small town of 8,000 inhabitants is the most important in the Basque Country and on the Cantabrian coast in terms of the size of its catches.
It is also the only port in the region that is capable of handling the entry of purse seiners and trawlers, and therefore, the only one with the capability of supplying both oily and white fish.