Cabo Vírgenes is the result of the union of more than 48 years of experience and knowledge of the sector of the current partners of the company. Our activity is based on a vertical integration system from the extraction and processing of the southern shrimp to its commercialisation and distribution.
In 2008, we acquired two fresh fish vessels: the Cabo Vírgenes and the Nueva Esperanza, and we also bought the Rawson plant from the Pescanova Group, carrying out a major refurbishment work and implementing the latest freezing technologies.
This plant is located just 400 metres from the port of Rawson, a strategic location that guarantees the freshness of the raw materials, and also has the most modern freezing methods, which allows us to guarantee the highest quality standards.
On 18 January 2012, Cabo Vírgenes España was established in Spain (Palencia), a company that became the company’s international operations and logistics centre, currently exporting to more than 70 countries around the world.
Since 2012 and up to the present day, strong investments have been made year after year in the expansion and modernisation of the Rawson Plant, making it one of the most modern plants in the sector in Argentina.
In 2016, two factory beam trawlers boats were acquired: Mar de Oro and Anita Álvarez with a fishing capacity of 1,400 tonnes.
In 2017, the reprocessing plant was built in Palencia, complementing the production of value-added products, with Skin and Doy Pack lines, automatic peeling and cooling lines with the latest CO2 technology, totally innocuous, contributing to the reduction of the carbon footprint.
March 2019 brings the launching of the Luca Santino, the first fresh ship in the Argentinian fleet with liquid ice, once again betting on quality. In 2019, our first jigger vessel, the Orión 2, also starts operating, as well as other vessels such as El Malo I, the Sofía B and the Natale.
During these last years, the fleet is reinforced through partnerships and acquisitions to supply our own plants.
In 2020, the Ecoprom plant was acquired in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, next to the Perla Negra, expanding the range of products to include Argentine hake, which is highly appreciated in the international market. Also joins to the fleet Espartano, a polyvalent boat manufactured by the Cortessi Shipyard, the first prototype with an inverted bow.
In 2021, Argentina built its own quay in the port of Rawson to further speed up the unloading and processing of frozen product on land, and also launched a new outrigger vessel: the Atón. In Spain, the Palencia plant was expanded and a new cold storage facility was built to increase storage capacity to more than 5,500 tonnes.
Cabo Vírgenes is currently in full expansion, increasing its fleet, which already has 14 vessels of its own, in addition to those contracted each season to carry out fishing operations to supply our plants.
The daily production capacity is over 120 tonnes with annual growth of over 150%. This exponential growth in recent years has consolidated our brand as a reference in the international and Spanish market, as well as making us one of the world’s leading producers of shrimp tail.
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