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Encyclopedia > Gorton's of Gloucester

Gorton's of Gloucester is a subsidiary of the Japanese seafood conglomerate Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., producing fishsticks and other frozen seafood for the retail market in the United States. Gorton’s also has a North American foodservice business which sells to fast-food restaurants such as McDonald's, and an industrial coating ingredients operation. It has been headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts since 1849. A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... Fishsticks or fish fingers are a processed food made using a white fish such as cod which have been battered and/or breaded. ... Spaghetti with seafood (Spaghetti allo scoglio). ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... This article is about Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; there are other places called Gloucester Location in Essex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Essex Settled 1623 Incorporated 1642 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Carolyn Kirk Area  - Total 41. ...

The company was founded by Slade Gorton (an ancestor of the eponymous U.S. Senator), originally selling salt cod and mackerel. In the early 1900s, the company, then known as Gorton-Pew Fisheries, occupied 15 wharves and 35 buildings in Gloucester, with six other plants on the east coast and a fleet of 55 fishing vessels. Slade Gorton Thomas Slade Gorton III (born January 8, 1928) is an American politician. ... The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of fish, mostly, but not exclusively, from the family Scombridae. ... This article is about the decade starting in 1900 and ending in 1909. ...

In May 1995 Unilever bought Gorton's from General Mills. Unilever is a widely listed [2] [3] multi-national corporation, formed of Anglo-Dutch parentage, that owns many of the worlds consumer product brands in foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. ... General Mills (NYSE: GIS) is a Fortune 500 corporation, mainly concerned with food products, which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. ...

In August 2001, Unilever sold Gorton's and BlueWater Seafoods to Nippon Suisan (USA), Inc., a subsidiary of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. for $175 million in cash. Unilever is a widely listed [2] [3] multi-national corporation, formed of Anglo-Dutch parentage, that owns many of the worlds consumer product brands in foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. ... Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd. ...


Seafood Sustainability

Gorton’s purchases a wide variety of seafood raw materials, of which Alaska Pollock, a fish native to the Bering Sea, is the most important and primary source of supply. This resource is managed under provisions of United States federal law that require rigorous scientific assessment of the condition of the fishery and conservative catch allowances. The quota each season is only a small fraction of the total available resource, and all players – whether vessel operators or legislators – take an active role to see that the rules governing the harvest are followed. These Conservative management practices have resulted in this fishery being recognized as the world’s best managed sustainable seafood resource.


One year ahead of the January 1, 2006 federal deadline, Gorton’s of Gloucester removed trans fat from its entire line of 56 products.

Gorton's Product Line

Gorton's Line of products include the following:

Shrimp Temptations:

 - Shrimp Scampi Shrimp Temptations - Lemon Butter Shrimp Temptations 

Premium Flounder Fillets Grilled Fillet Meals:

 - Lemon and Herb Butter - Alfredo Fillet Meals 

Beer Batter Fillets Shrimp Bowls

 - Fried Rice Shrimp Bowls - Primavera Shrimp Bowls - Garlic Butter Shrimp Bowls - Alfredo Shrimp Bowls - Teriyaki Shrimp Bowls 

Grilled Fillets:

 - Lemon Pepper Grilled Fillets - Garlic Butter Grilled Fillets - Cajun Blackened Grilled Fillets - Lemon Butter Grilled Fillets - Char-Grilled Fillets - Italian Herb Grilled Fillets - Caesar Parmesan 

Grilled Salmon:

 - Classic Grilled Salmon - Lemon Butter Grilled Salmon 

Popcorn Fish Tenders:

 - Original Batter Tenders - Extra Crunchy Tenders 

Fish Sticks:

 - Available in quantities of 12, 18, 30 & 44 Fish Sticks - Mini Fish Sticks 

Traditional Fillets:

 - Crispy Battered Fillets - Crunchy Golden Fillets 

Flavor Fillets:

 - Garlic and Herb Fillets - Southern Fried Fillets - Lemon Pepper Fillets - Parmesan Breaded Fillets - Ranch Fillets 

Popcorn Shrimp:

 - Original Popcorn Shrimp - Garlic and Herb Popcorn Shrimp - Beer Batter Popcorn Shrimp 


In 2005, Gorton's came under attack from the Environmental Investigation Agency, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Greenpeace, due to their parent company's involvement in whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. These groups hope that international companies owned by Nippon Suisan Kaisha (such as Gorton's) will persuade their parent company to stop supporting whaling if they are put under enough pressure.[1] The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) was established in 1984 to investigate, expose and campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife and the destruction of the natural environment. ... HSUS logo The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a Washington, D.C-based animal welfare advocacy group. ... Greenpeace protest against Esso / Exxon Mobil. ... The crew of the oceanographic research vessel Princesse Alice, of Albert Grimaldi (later Prince Albert I of Monaco) pose while flensing a catch. ... The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is a protected area of 50 million square km. ...

Gorton’s is on record stating that the company has never engaged in any whaling activities, never killed a single whale in its entire 156 year history and never will. Gorton’s has always been opposed to whaling and has a long history and recognized commitment to environmental sustainability. Eventually Nippon Suisan Kaisha agreed to divest its ownership in the company that owned the whaling fleet. Greenpeace hailed this as a victory [2] and the boycott of Gorton's ended.

Popular Culture

Fans of the New York Rangers of the NHL often taunt their rival team and fans, the New York Islanders because in the mid 1990s, the Islanders briefly changed their uniform from their traditional logo to a more new-age logo that featured a fisherman that many thought resembled the Gorton's logo. Rangers fans have been known to chant "We want Fishsticks" at both Madison Square Garden and the Nassau Coliseum during games between the teams. The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... Nassau Coliseum, officially known as Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (though colloquially referred to simply as The Coliseum), is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, half an hour from New York City. ...

In an edition of WWE Magazine, the feature "Would You Buy This?" was a parody of Gorton's, calling it "Orton's" and replacing the fisherman with wrestler Randy Orton.


  1. ^ greenpeace.org
  2. ^ greenpeace.org

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  Results from FactBites:
Gortons and Whaling | Greenpeace International (424 words)
Greenpeace is opposed to this senseless slaughter and is asking Gortons and Nissui to use their influence over the whaling fleet to end the hunting.
It is our hope that the management of Gortons can put pressure on Nissui Suissan Kaisha, and that they in turn will put pressure on the whalers, Kodo Senpaku, convincing them to put the fleet to better uses.
You can write to Gortons about whaling, and ask them to live up to their reputation as a caring and responsible family firm,and put pressure on their owners and the whalers to change their business.
Encyclopedia: Gloucester, Massachusetts (1427 words)
Fishing boats in 1925, Gloucester, MA Gloucester was first settled (as the settlement on Cape Ann) in 1623 and was officially incorporated in 1642.
John Pew and Sons was founded in Gloucester; it became Gorton-Pew Fisheries in 1906 and in 1957 it changed its name to Gorton's of Gloucester.
Gortons of Gloucester is a subsidiary of the Japanese seafood conglomerate Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd....
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