Clear Springs Foods



Clear Springs Foods
Address: 1500 East 4424 North Clear Lakes Rd., Buhl, ID 83316
Tell: 208-543-4316
Toll Free: 1-800-635-8211

Clear Springs Foods Address: P. O. Box 712, Buhl, ID 83316

General Information
Clear Springs Foods:

Don Riffle (VP Sales & Marketing)
Tel: 208-543-4316

Alan Kahn (VP of Marketing)
Tel: 208-543-4316

Brent Fraser (National Sales Manager)
Tel: 208-543-4316 ext.467

Company Overview / History
Clear Springs Trout Company was started by Jess O. (Ted) Eastman and a group of investors in September of 1966. At that time Ted’s goal was to raise 400,000 lbs of Rainbow Trout and sell them to the processor where he had previously worked for twenty years. They decided not to buy his fish, so he built a small processing operation. Ted won…they lost. In 1981 Clear Springs Trout Company purchased Ted’s former employer, 1000 Springs Trout Farms. The company name was changed in 1991 from Clear Springs Trout Company to Clear Springs Foods, Inc., opening the door for expansion beyond Rainbow Trout. In August of 2000 ownership changed from a closely held private company to a privately held employee-owned company.

Farm Operations
Broodstock Facility—At the Soda Springs, Idaho brood station, Clear Springs is capable of producing more than 80 million Rainbow Trout eggs a year. This facility also includes a brood stock selection program to select the best trout families.

Production Farms—Rainbow Trout are raised in concrete raceways fed by an abundance of spring water. A patented, automated feed system distributes feed to the fish throughout the day. Production farms are continually monitored and inventoried to provide highly accurate production forecasts.

In addition, we have partnered with farms in Chile in which trout is raised following the exact same high standards as our farms in Idaho.

Feed Manufacturing
Clear Springs operates its own feed mill to guarantee that each fish receives a consistent diet of the highest-quality, most nutritious food. Ingredients include fish meal, fish oils, meat and poultry proteins, vitamins and minerals, and the high-protein formulas are constantly being upgraded. Our Quality Assurance Department routinely tests the taste and texture of market fish to ensure that feed formulations produce great-tasting products for our customers.

Research & Development
Clear Springs® state-of-the-art Center for Global Aquaculture Research and Quality Assurance produces vaccines, monitors water quality in the springs, the farms, and the Snake River, and provides an array of fish health and support services to the farms. Research projects are ongoing in the areas of nutrition, waste management, genetics, and fish culture. The research division provides a complement of quality assurance services to the other divisions of the company as well as our partners in Chile.

Processing Plant
Both the Trout Processing and Specialty Products, plants as well as the plants of our Chilean partners, operate under a strict HACCP quality assurance program. These plants are regularly inspected by outside independent auditors, as required by a number of our foodservice and retail customers.

Clear Springs operates its own fleet of refrigerated trucks to deliver our products to customers across the country—most on a twice a week basis.

Sales & Marketing
Clear Springs supports the sale of its products through a national network of regional sales managers and broker sales representatives. We provide ongoing product support through merchandising materials and recipe development.

Clear Springs Foods® offers a wide variety of Fresh and Frozen Rainbow Trout Styles for the Foodservice and Retail Markets — from the traditional dressed style to the only Guaranteed Boneless Rainbow Trout: Clear•Cuts® Butterfly and Natural Fillets.

Clear Springs® also offers a unique line of Specialty Products including Glazed & Crusted Fillets, Breaded Portions and Bakeable Products.

These Products are distributed throughout the United States and Canada.



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