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One of the World’s Top Three Delicacies Now Mass-Produced in Korea

Caviar, one of the three most prestigious delicacies in the world, has now emerged as a dark horse in Korea boasting its crystalline dark beauty. Caviar, or sturgeon roe, has been used as a luxury gourmet food from the ancient Egyptian era through the Middle Ages of Europe to the present. Accordingly, sturgeons are categorized as a deluxe - ‘Royal’ - fish.

However, the worldwide supply of caviar is not sufficient. To help surmount the chronic shortage, in Korea sturgeons are being raised in fish farms to mass produce caviar. Now Korea is second to none compared to the main caviar-producing countries of Russia and Iran.

Jumping into the sturgeon-raising business in 1997, Almas Caviar has now become a Korean caviar company with a world-class production scale and facilities. Han Sang-hoon, CEO of Almas Caviar, decided to start raising the golden fish after he realized how valuable the roe (eggs) the fish lays are when he was engaged in financial consulting in Russia. While working in that business he became acquainted with Russian fisheries institutions. And he learned about the fish-farming technology in Russia with the aim of introducing it to Korea. Mr. Han brought sturgeons that could readily spawn into Korea in 1997 and from the next year he started to produce caviar.

Mr. Han explained: “Caviar is part of haute cuisine. To make this superb scrumptious food the basic producing techniques is essential. Aware of this I made it my business to lean about both fish-raising and caviar-production; and now I’m proud to say that our company is of world-class quality.”

Almas Caviar runs three fish farms: two in Pocheon in Gyeonggi-do and one in Chungju in Chungcheongbuk-do. A sturgeon has a strong vitality with a lifespan of over 100 years. But the condition in which the elongated bony fish lives needs to be optimum with a clean aquatic environment including alkaline water quality. Meeting these conditions, the caviar company has the capacity to produce a maximum of 12.7 tons of caviar a year.

Mr. Han said: “The worldwide total production of wild and farmed kinds of caviar combined is some 130 tons a year. As we produces as much as 12.7 tons a year, we can be considered being on the world-class level.”  

It is worthwhile mentioning that Almas Caviar can produce caviar without any of the small sharks being killed because it uses some brilliant technology called the ‘induced-spawning method’ and thereby no harm is done to the ecology of the fish. It is what differentiates the company from other rival caviar producers in other countries. The company obtained certification that allows it to export and import the internationally endangered species and, in compliance with the stringent conditions for producing and selling caviar internationally, Amiar Caviar has been doing legitimate business.     

Although Almas Caviar jumped into the caviar-producing race as a late starter, it is confident of the quality of its sturgeon roe. Currently, the company supplies caviar to posh five-star hotels in Korea and exports its roe to many countries such as the United States, Japan, Italy, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Han added: “World renowned food connoisseurs savor our caviar and evaluate the quality and taste highly. In the future we intend to make our top-quality caviar available to more consumers around the world.”

Inquiries  Hae Yang Fisheries Co. (ALMAS CAVIAR) 

Tel  +82-2-3471-5211 

Fax  +82-2-3471-5244 

Website  www.almascaviar.net       

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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