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NZ Coastal Seafoods to upgrade facility
  • New Zealand Coastal Seafoods (NZCS) had a strong September quarter during which time it delivered its on its growth strategy
  • The seafood producer and supplier is looking to increase production and sales for export into current and new markets
  • The company's $5 million capital raise in July was a driving force in achieving its largest ever order in August
  • NZCS also saw almost A$287,000 of customer cash receipts - nearly a 100 per cent increase from the previous year
  • In line with its growth strategy, the seafood retailer will be upgrading to a Christchurch production facility - which is five times the size of its current one
  • Company shares are up 21.4 per cent and trading at 1.7 cents each

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods (NZCS) says it's focused on its growth strategy with plans to develop and upgrade its NZ facility.

NZCS is a secondary producer of seafood products and premium marine ingredients.

Its growth strategy is focused on increasing production and sales of its collagen-rich, dried ling maw range and developing high-value, ready-to-eat Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) products to export into current and new markets, such as Asia.

Since the company's $5 million capital raise in July of this year, NZCS was able to purchase a greater amount of raw seafood supply. The company made its largest order today in August.

This was a major milestone for the seafood supplier, aligning with its strategy to expand production and increase sales.

Following the production of products, NZCS focused on the sale of stock on hand which resulted in almost A$287,000 of customer cash receipts being generated during September.

This represents a revenue increase of nearly 100 per cent when compared to the September quarter of 2018.

Company CEO Peter Winn is pleased with the cash receipts and sees it as a key part of its plans to expand its production facility.

"With additional working capital now available to fund the purchase of raw seafood, we are progressing in relocating NZCS's manufacturing facility to the larger premises," Peter said.

"[This] will result in faster processing and production times, thereby ensuring a steady flow of stock for immediate sales," he added.

This new, upgraded seafood processing and production facility is a large 1066 square metre manufacturing site. It's located within Christchurch's seafood hub and is five times larger than NZCS's existing facility.

Strategically, it's in close proximity to the Christchurch airport and the import/export air freight market - providing logistical advantages for export into Asia.

Currently, existing markets include New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong. The new markets holding the company's focus include China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Additionally, NZCS has made changes to its management and sales teams.

In September, Anna-Lee Fraser was appointed to the newly created role of Head of Sales. The role has been created to grow the sales force and expand its distribution markets.

The same month, NZCS appointed Andrew Peti as Chief Operating Officer. He brings over 14 years of seafood commercial experience, including eight years as Operations Manager at Ngai Tahu Seafoods.

This month, NZCS brought on Rob Wells as Chief Financial Officer, who has domestic and international experience with multi-million dollar organisations.

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods' shares are up 21.4 per cent, with shares trading at 1.7 cents each at 2:29 pm AEDT.


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