About - MOWI - Belgium EN

In brief

Mowi Belgium has facilities in Bruges and Ostend. The factory in Bruges is specialized in processing and packaging of fresh fish, both salmon and a wide range of whitefish species. The factory in Ostend has a long tradition and expertise in the production of top-quality smoked salmon. It is part of Mowi ASA, one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon. The Mowi Group in figures:

14,866 Employees
25 Countries
4.1 Billion Eur

Our History

From backyard beginnings to world leadership

Since the Mowi adventure started in 1964 the company has grown and changed in many ways. From its humble beginnings, when a few pioneers started farming fish in their back yards, through to the present day, Mowi has become a global leader in its field. As the company has grown, both organically and as a result of mergers and acquisitions, Mowi has maintained its leading position at the forefront of the aquaculture industry.
Mowi Belgium in Bruges was founded by Jérôme Pieters In 1953 as Pieters Visbedrijf. The company changed owners several times, until it was taken over by the Mowi Group in 2006. Mowi Belgium in Ostend was founded by Joseph Boels in 1924 as La Couronne smokehouse. Since 2005 the company has been part of the Mowi Group.


The Boels family started La Couronne in Ostend.


Pieters Visbedrijf in Zeebrugge was founded by Jérôme Pieters.


The adventure of Mowi begins.


First stocking of salmon smolt in seawater. Hydro buys 50 % of Mowi.


Mowi becomes a recognized brand.


Several M&As and Norsk Hydro takes 100 % ownership of Mowi.


Pieters becomes Fjord Seafood Pieters.


Fjord Seafood Pieters buys Sterk.


La Couronne merges with Marine Harvest.


The Marine Harvest group is established from three independent companies (Pan Fish, Marine Harvest, Fjord Seafood).


Mowi establishes its own feed division, strengthening a fully integrated value chain.


Morpol becomes part of Marine Harvest Group.


Marine Harvest aquires Gray Aqua Group and Northern Harvest, and establish Mowi Canada East.


Marine Harvest once again becomes Mowi.


Marine Harvest Pieters changes its name to Mowi Belgium.


MOWI brand launch - first in Poland and Belgium, followed by France and USA in 2020.

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