IMO Foods Canada Limited
Mailing address: P.O. Box 236, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 4B2, Canada
Phone: (902) 742-3519
Fax: (902) 742-0908
I.M.O. Foods Limited opened its doors in 1968 to produce European style canned fish products. The plant in Yarmouth uses the abundant herring found in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy and nearby Atlantic coastal waters. I.M.O. Foods Limited has been very successful in adapting their product to international tastes; today, fully 85% of the output from the Yarmouth factory is exported to world markets. An efficient quality control program ensures consistent, premium canned seafood for local and global use.
The processing plant at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is fully integrated producing aluminum ring pull cans adjacent to the fresh fish canning lines.
I.M.O. Foods Limited produces superior quality canned Kippers in natural juice or oil and Kipper Snacks, naturally smoked with no chemical flavours or colours added: herring in a variety of sauces including tomato, mushroom, french onion, mustard, chili, barbecue sauce, etc; fillets of Canadian Sardines. Smoked Atlantic Mackerel Fillets are produced along with Herring Roe and Atlantic Salmon products.
CURRENT GEOGRAPHIC MARKETING ACTIVITY
The House name is KERSEN; United States has consistently taken approximately one half of the output from the Yarmouth factory. A smaller market has been created within Canada utilizing approximately 15% of the product produced with the remainder going to many others in the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific. I.M.O. Foods Limited copacks, in truckload quantities, for companies all over the world.
Fish For the Heart
Low cholesterol values in seafood allow us to eat to our “heart’s content”, so says a bulletin from the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries. They go on to say that 60 to 80 percent of the fat, especially in cold water species of fish, such as Herring, Atlantic Mackerel, etc. is polyunsaturated (which is believed to decrease blood cholesterol). Numerous publications, originating with fisheries research and medical research organizations, attest to the healthful benefits of eating these species of fish.
Certain polyunsaturated fats in seafood, called Omega 3 fatty acids, have been found to lower blood cholesterol by helping to prevent life-threatening blood clotts; this means a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. Medical studies released in Scotland gave high marks to Atlantic Herring and Mackerel as excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and confirmed its beneficial effects.
Research is ongoing concerning the benefits of eating fish. Important findings suggest a positive effect of the Omega 3 factor in reducing the inflammation of arthritis and even in preventing breast cancer. A recent study by researchers at UCLA (1998) linked higher levels of Omega 3 consumption with lower levels of breast cancer. The studies and promising research continue, all pointing to better health through eating fish, especially Herring and Mackerel.
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KERSEN herring products are world class, uniquely high quality that is delicious and nutritious. The KERSEN product line ranges from the naturally smoked fillets, packaged in two convenient sizes, to steamed herring fillets in a variety of sauces including tomato, french onion and mushroom. KERSEN also offers Smoked Mackerel Fillets.
Unlike some competitors’ products, KERSEN Kippers are naturally smoked using local hardwood blends. No artificial smoke flavourings or chemical dyes are used.