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image by Randy Young, 27 May 2020
"Trident Seafoods is the largest seafood company in the United States. It is
based in Seattle, Washington. It manages a network of fishing ships, processing
plants, and a vertically integrated distributorship of its products. It sells
frozen, canned, smoked and ready-to-eat seafood products for the wholesale,
retail and food service markets under a variety of different brand names. It is
a member of the Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative (official website:
The company was founded in 1972 by Chuck Bundrant and two other crab fishermen: Kaare Ness and Mike Jacobson. Then they partnered with San Juan Seafoods soon afterwards. In 1986, it merged with ConAgra's Northwest Pacific seafood unit, retaining the Trident name, and with ConAgra holding a 45% stake in the new company. In 1995, ConAgra sold most of its interest to Trident's original private owners.
A leader in the consolidation of the seafood industry since the 1990s, the company has made numerous acquisitions, increasing its operations and market presence.
Esteban Rivera, 27 May 2020
A Trident Seafoods flag can be seen flying from fishing vessels in the company's fleet, as seen in photographs online (such as https://s3-media0.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/beQhlFe49Xm0uFYPlDFysg/o.jpg, https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLgTdvdUsAA6toL.jpg, and https://scontent-waw1-1.cdninstagram.com/v/), as well as on the Discovery Channel reality TV show Deadliest Catch, where several Alaskan crab fishing vessels featured in the program are part of the Trident fleet and fly a Trident Seafoods flag. The flag features the Trident Seafoods logo displayed on a white field. The logo has the word "Trident" in large red letters above the word "SEAFOODS" in smaller, blue, capital letters. Toward the fly, just beyond the words, is a blue trident pointing toward the upper fly corner. Below the words are wavy lines of light blue and darker blue, likely representing ocean waves.
With the flag being flown by fishing vessels within the company-managed fleet, does this qualify it as a house flag? Or is it still simply a corporate flag denoting the extent of the company's influence?
Randy Young, 27 May 2020