Pacific Seafood, Snake River Farms, and The Retherford Family Team Up to Bring $2 Million Premium American Wagyu Steaks in Seattle to Aid in COVID-19
May 4, 2020
Responding to the need for access to healthy proteins at food banks across the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Seafood along with partners Snake River Farms and The Retherford fishing family combined their resources and donated more 8,000 pounds of certified-sustainable rockfish fillets and 74,000 Premium American Wagyu Steaks to Northwest Harvest in Washington, and the Oregon Food Bank, a donation with a combined value of just under $3 million.
“With locations up and down the west coast, we’ve witnessed first-hand the devastation COVID-19 has caused, especially for our customers in the restaurant industry. You’ve always been there for us and now we want to show our appreciation to you the best way we know how, with the healthiest protein on the planet. Our hearts are with everyone who are struggling right now. From our family to yours, we want to say thank you for your support as our customers and partners, and are humbled by the chance to give back to our wonderful communities,” said Frank Dulcich, President and CEO of Pacific Seafood.
The Retherford Family is a multi-generational fishing family from Newport, Ore., experiencing a drop in demand due to restaurant closures, but saw the opportunity to give back to their community, “We got together as a family and decided it was important we make the investment to give back,” said Kelly Retherford, wife of Mike Retherford senior, captain of the Excalibur, the boat used to make the catch which was processed and delivered by Pacific Seafood.
The catch is wild USA caught widow rockfish. It’s a healthy, mild white fish, and one of the most protein dense offered in nature as well as high in Omega-3s. “These are premium fish that we eat at home,” said Kyle Retherford, son of Mike and co-captain of the Excalibur.
The Snake River Farms steaks are premium, American Wagyu steaks, known for their extensive marbling and raised on family farms and ranches throughout the Pacific Northwest. These steaks were then expertly cut and individually packed by Pacific Seafood skilled butchers. The company also offers beef, pork, and chicken.
“At Snake River Farms we are a family business. From our ranchers to our Washington Beef meat processors to our distributor partners, we are all in this together. We are firm believers that in times of crisis, food can bring comfort and healing. We care deeply about the restaurant workers, their families, and the affected communities in Washington that are having a tough time and want them to know how much they mean to us,” said Jay Theiler, Executive Director of Marketing at Snake River Farms.
The groundfish fillets were delivered to the Oregon Food Bank in Portland where they will be distributed across the state. In Washington steaks were distributed out of their SODO Community Market in downtown Seattle.
About Pacific Seafood
Founded in 1941 by Frank Dulcich Sr., Pacific Seafood remains a family-owned and operated company dedicated to providing the healthiest protein on the planet including beef, pork, and chicken to meet all of your center of the plate protein needs. Pacific Seafood manages all parts of the supply chain from farming/fishing, processing, and distribution to provide customers with fresh, sustainable, and high-quality products. Our Pacific Fresh Premium Meats plant in Tacoma, Wash., is USDA certified and our dedicated team members are among the best meat cutters in the country. Pacific Fresh is one of more than 40 facilities in 11 states proudly providing our products to top retail and food service customers throughout the U.S. and world. Learn more at https://pacifcseafood.com
About Snake River Farms / Washington Beef, LLC.
Snake River Farms is a premium brand produced by Agri Beef Co at their Washington Beef plant located in Toppenish, WA. Their livestock are raised on ranches throughout the Northwest and their proprietary herd of American Wagyu cattle is highly regarded as one of the finest in the world. Snake River Farms is involved in every aspect of beef production with a focus on delivering the finest quality eating experience from ranch to table. Snake River Farms is featured on the menus of the finest restaurants and specialty retailers around the world and is also available to order on-line for home-delivery at www.snakeriverfarms.com. #snakeriverfarms #thesrfexperience