Alfocan, pioneer and industry leader
Crayfish fishing in Southern Spain had started in the mid-1970s after the Spanish Government (under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment) had introduced the Procambarus clarkii to improve the income and living conditions of the local communities. The surroundings of the Guadalquivir Delta (Seville) and its rice fields and marshlands provided a perfect natural environment for the crayfish to thrive.
This led to the emergence of the first cooperative associations, but the structural shortcomings and the lack of organization and crayfish processing lead to a shift from cooperativism to private enterprise.
It all started in the 1980ies when our founder Erwin Alderlieste was the first to recognize the potential of the fishery and its development.
Erwin founded Alfocan in 1987 as the first private company to create a solid organizational base focused mainly on exports. The vision was clear from the beginning: to become leaders and experts in the crayfish industry, committed to providing top-quality products for great value, while respecting the nature that feeds us.
While deeply rooted in our heritage, our founder’s pioneer spirit lives on and is the driving force of our quest to explore the world and bring you only prime quality crayfish.
Indeed we increase our products’ added value and guarantee a constant supply to our clients by diversifying our offer and sourcing. As a result of this effort, in 2017 we located in Egypt the next step in our expansion strategy and therefore we established our second production plant with the collaboration of local partners.
With our plants in Spain and Egypt, provided with modern and efficient equipment, and our agreements with Chinese producers we manage an annual production capacity of over 4.800 tonnes, always guaranteeing only top-quality Alfocan crayfish.
The continuous improvement in quality control and sustainability and their compliance with increasingly demanding legal requirements ensures Alfocan’s position as a leader in the sector well ahead of its competitors. In 2008, Alfocan was first awarded with the International Food Security (IFS) (Higher Level) certificate, and during 2009 it strengthened and completed its food security system with the BRC (Grade A) norm. It is currently certified with both of these norms along with the ISO 14001, making Alfocan the only company in the sector to hold these three quality management certifications.
Thanks to this range of quality-certificates, Alfocan has been able to maintain and even expand its position as a leading supplier of crayfish in Europe. More than bare industrial standards, every audit and renewal confirms our commitment with quality standards which directly benefits our customers. They rely on our wide-ranging product portfolio and our unique offer that are based on:
– a crayfish specialization acquired over more than 30 years of experience
– a rigorous selection of raw material
– a mastering of the preparation process
– guaranteed food security and traceability processes
– our care for our environment and our communities
As a company with a clear international soul, Alfocan exports most of its crayfish to Europe (i.e., France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK) and the USA.