Korean No.1 Manila Clam Exporter, Boram Corporation
Here’s a list of some Western and Korean dishes - pasta, spaghetti, doenjang-jjigae (soybean paste stew), and kalguksu (noodle soup). What do they all have in common - The answer is all of them use manila clam as a main ingredient. The white flesh and chewy taste of manila clam gives extra flavor to pasta and spaghetti, and a refreshing taste to the broth of doenjang-jjigae and kalguksu. In Eastern and Western cuisines alike, manila clam plays an important role as a main ingredient in various dishes.
In the past, manila clam used to be produced in most Asian and European countries, but now it only comes from some parts of Asia - the countries like Korea and China - and is then exported around the world. Korea has been blessed with a wonderful natural environment of wide mud flats and uncontaminated areas in the sea, so Korean manila clam, compared to manila clam produced in other regions, has a reputation for having an extra large size and excellent taste. What’s more, the high quality manila clam can be exported from Korea all year round.
Boram Corporation, located in Busan, is the No.1 manila clam exporter in Korea. The company has been steadily exporting live manila clam and frozen manila clam products to overseas markets every year since it started exports to Japan in 1998. The export sales for last year were posted at USD$11 million (3,100 tons.) The Japanese market amounts to 65 percent of the entire export volume, followed by the EU (the UK, Spain, Italy, and other countries), which buys about 30 percent of the volume. The company also sells its products to the US and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia.) Boram Corporation’s manila clams are distributed in foreign markets in several types of packages - bulk (10kg and 15kg; to Japan), and small packages (500g, 1kg, and 6kg; to the EU.) It is the company’s rule to export its manila clam only under the original brand “Boram,” and not the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) contracts.
Live and Frozen Manila Clam Has Been Actively Exported to the World
Obtained HACCP…The Only Korean Company Designated as
“Manila Clam Exporter to EU”
A New Manufacturing Plant for
Manila Clam to Be Established
by 2013 Exploring the
US and Middle Eastern Markets
Export of seafood to Japan and the EU requires passing the complicated procedures of seafood quarantine. The reason for Boram’s manila clam receiving recognition in overseas markets is the thorough sanitary control throughout the production process. The company’s manufacturing plant was built according to international standards and from the very beginning Boram Corporation established a strict sanitary control system by obtaining the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System) certificate in 2005. With the designation in 2006 of seven production areas along the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula - Goheung, Samcheonpo, etc. - as “Manila Clam Export Areas to the EU,” Boram Corporation started distribution of its manila clam to EU countries in earnest.
According to Park Young-mee, the CEO of Boram Corporation, “Buyers from Japan and the EU are visiting our manila clam production plants every year and they always highly praise our company in terms of product quality and sanitation. We constantly inspect all the steps - from harvesting and washing manila clams, to sorting and packing. Moreover, we never cease to go the extra mile in order to deliver the product in the freshest condition.”
In the first half of 2013, Boram Corporation is planning to complete a new production complex for manila clam in the Gadeok Island, Busan area. The construction of the complex will allow a larger variety of Boram’s clam products - sauces, peeled manila clam, etc. - to be exported overseas. In addition, the company is exploring the markets of the US and the Middle East, and has set the goal of reaching USD$30 million in exports by 2015.
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