Discover the anchovy fishing aboard the Santana Berria

Pesca Acciughe Cantabrico

As every April, the Cantabrian anchovy (Engraulis Encrasicolus) approaches our coasts in order to complete its reproductive cycle. This is when the anchovy season begins, which lasts all spring long.

The anchovy is fished with purse seine, through which the school of fish on the surface is surrounded, forming a 360-degree circle. Once surrounded, the net closes, preventing the anchovy from escaping. It is considered a fishing method that respects the marine environment and other species, due to its high degree of selectivity.

Now that this year’s fishing has begun, we have embarked on the boat Santana Berria (Getaria, Basque Country) to learn more about the fishing of the Cantabrian anchovy. We hope you enjoy these wonderful moments that the day has left us.

Pesca acciuga a bordo
Acciuga del Cantabrico
Acciuga del Cantabrico a bordo
Rete da circuizione acciuga

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Canned Fish Alimentaria

Our products at Alimentaria 2018 Fair

Arroyabe will participate at Alimentaria International Food and Drinks Exhibition, which will be held from 16th to 19th April in Barcelona (Gran Via Venue, Fira de Barcelona). Alimentaria is a trade fair of reference for all Food and Beverage professionals, focused on innovation, the latest trends and internationalisation; in which our fish preserves will take special attention.

Among the novelties of this edition are our renewed Cantabrian anchovies, the new organic food line and the launch of 3 new specialties in canned fish: small sardines, mussels and cockles.

Visit us at booth D489-05 situated in Hall 3, Expoconser zone (Canned Food Show). There you will obtain all the information about our preserves of White Tuna (Bonito del Norte), Yellowfin Tuna, Cantabrian Anchovies and other specialties.

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Arroyabe launches new online store in 10 European countries

Following the company’s aim to boost online sales, Arroyabe has opened a new online shop of canned seafood in 10 European countries. From now on Seafood Lovers from United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and Czech Republic will enjoy premium seafood of the Cantabrian Sea with a few clicks. Orders will be directly delivered from our warehouse in Bermeo (Basque Country, Spain) and purchases above 150€ will include free shipping.

In addition, new content has been created to explain the importance of artisanal fish canning and superior quality of white tuna and Cantabrian anchovies.

This new webpage will be available in two languages; English and Italian. French version will be also launched soon. This way, 9 new countries will join to the existing online store in Italy and Spain (for purchases within Spain, please visit

Do not wait any longer and enjoy best canned tuna and other seafood products now!

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How is canned tuna made?

How is canned tuna made?

How is canned tuna made?

How canned tuna is processed, step by step

Manual elaboration of canned tuna is a long-standing tradition in the Basque Country, particularly in cans that weigh more than one kilo, directed to the catering sector. While small cans that are widely consumed in households are packed by machine; big cans contain full pieces of tuna that are introduced by hand. This is the case of the 1800 gr. can, which is produced following these steps:

Step 1: Reception and cutting

We receive the pieces of White Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna at our facilities. In the case of White Tuna (Bonito del Norte) the fishery starts on June and it lasts until September or October, period in which fresh fish is used for the elaboration of cans, guaranteeing the best taste and texture of the tuna. Moreover, our production plant is strategically located in Bermeo, a coastal village in the Bay of Biscay, where the white tuna is fished. This ensures maximum freshness and quality of the tuna.

How canned tuna is made reception

After receiving the fish, the head and the belly are removed. Then we cut every piece of tuna into sections.

Step 2: Cooking

The slices of tuna are introduced in big containers for the cooking. We add the perfect mix of water and brine and calculate the time it takes each fish to cook. After this process, tuna pieces look like this :

Tuna elaboration process cooling

Step 3: Manual packaging

We clean all the slices of tuna by removing the skin, bones, fins, and any remaining entrails or dark meat. Then we introduce manually the pieces into the can.

Tuna canning manually

Step 4: Adding liquid and closing

The covering liquid is prepared and added. In our case, it may be olive oil, sunflower oil, pickled sauce, catalan sauce or water. After this, cans are closed and sterilized. The sterilization process ensures the destruction of all contaminating bacteria, so the product is fit for human consumption.

Our fish preserves at Alimentaria 2016 Fair

Arroyabe will attend the International Food and Drinks Exhibition of Barcelona, Alimentaria, which will be held from 25th to 28th April. Alimentaria is a trade fair of reference for all Food and Beverage professionals, focused on innovation, the latest trends and internationalisation; in which our fish preserves will take special attention.

In this edition, our extended range of Cantabrian Anchovies will be launched. The Anchovies of the Cantabrian Sea are considered the best type of anchovy on the market due to its rich, intense flavor, and they are fished one by one using traditional methods.

You will be warmly welcomed at our Stand situated in the Hall 2, Expoconser zone, number D66-2. There you will obtain all the information about our preserves of White Tuna (Bonito del Norte), Yellowfin Tuna and Cantabrian Anchovies.

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Arroyabe at TuttoFood Fair 2015

Arroyabe will attend the Tuttofood Fair which will be held in Milano (Italy) from 3rd to 6th February 2015. You will be warmly welcomed at our Stand at Hall number 1, Stand N4P01.

The Tuttofood Fair is a professional event focused on the agroalimentary sector. Its aim is to inform participants onmarket trends and new consumption patterns so as to better direct marketing activities. Moreover, it is the only exhibition in this sector in Italy with a real International profile.

The aim of the Tuttofood Fair An ist to meet both the needs of companies mainly looking at the domestic market and those mainly looking for export opportunities. In the case of Arroyabe, the objective is to strengthen its position in the italian market, which is focused on handmade canned Bonito del Norte, Yellowfin Tuna and Anchovies of the Cantabrian Sea.

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Seafood Expo 2015

Seafood Expo Global in Brussels

Arroyabe will attend the Seafood Expo Global that will be held in Brussels (Belgium) from April 21st to 23rd 2015 at the Brussels Expo Exhibition Centre. This global edition of the Seafood Expo gathers companies of fresh, frozen and packaged seafood products, equipment and services. The commitment of Arroyabe at the Seafood Expo is to open to new markets, especially in the European market. All visitors will be warmly welcomed at our Stand 1617, situated at Hall 7.

Visitors to our stand will have the opportunity to see first-hand the range of products offered, such as preserved White Meat Tuna (Bonito del Norte), Yellowfin Tuna and Anchovies. Moreover, Arroyabe will launch at Seafood Expo its new products of Anchovies of the Cantabrian Sea.

Formerly known as the European Seafood Exposition/Seafood Processing Europe, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the largest seafood trade event in the world. The event attracts more than 25,800 buyers and suppliers from more than 150 countries. It provides seafood professionals with direct access to qualified buyers and suppliers from all over the globe representing all aspects of the seafood industry.

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Tirreno CT Fair 2015

Arroyabe will attend the 35th edition of Tirreno CT Fair which will be held in Marina di Carrara (Italy) from 23th to 27th February 2015. You will be warmly welcomed at our Stand at B Hall, between corridors 18 and 19.

The aim of Tirreno CT Fair is to promote hospitality, catering and tourism through professional initiatives. It has become the National Exhibition for hotels, bars, ice cream parlors, pastry shops, restaurants and other business activities in Italy.

Las year more than 50.000 visitors attended the Fair, with more than 300 exhibitors that represented 600 corporate brands from all over the country and abroad. The organizers expect that also this year the fair will be the point of reference  for the entire hospitality industry in central Italy, which offers a broad overview of innovation in the tourism sector, shops and hotels.

More information: (Tirreno CT Fair Webpage)

winter fancy food show 2015

Arroyabe at Winter Fancy Food Show 2015

From January 11th to 13th 2015, Arroyabe will attend the Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. You will be warmly welcomed at our Stand 2640, together with our importer Culinary Collective.

The Winter Fancy Food Show brings together more than 1300 exhibitors from across the U.S. and 35 countries and regions. Considered the West Coast’s largest specialty food and beverage trade show, the Winter Fancy Food Show is a meeting point for leading manufacturers and distributors from the food and beverage industry.

There you will have the opportunity to taste the best preserved white tuna, as well as our tasty anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea. Do not hesitate and visit us at the Winter Fancy Food in San Francisco!

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Premio Eroski a la sostenibilidad

Arroyabe, winner of the Eroski Sustainability Award

Arroyabe is proud to win the Eroski Sustainability Award that recognizes its contribution to local sustainability and the development of an eco-friendly production model. The Basque retail group Eroski has arranged the first edition of the Sustainability Award to reward companies that contribute to local sustainable development.

Various representatives of the retail group were present at the Awards Ceremony, as well as the director for agriculture and fishing of the Basque Government, Bittor Oroz.  The director of Eroski was also present, who stressed the commitment of Arroyabe with the soil, the sea, the employment, the health and the environmental richness. He also enhanced the professionalism and expertise of Arroyabe in the sustainability field.

Arroyabe was elected as the winner of the Award in a popular vote, in which Arroyabe was supported by consumers. Previously, an expert jury chose the three finalists for the prize. Arroyabe would like to publicly thank all the participants in the popular vote their recognition and confidence in the company.

The Awards Ceremony had wide media coverage, especially in newspapers and press releases (in Spanish):

Press release of Eroski:

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