Our Story

You taste a world of difference when your catfish doesn’t come from half a world away.

There’s not enough tarter sauce in the world to cover up the taste of inferior catfish. That’s why, in 1991, five west Alabama farmers set out to create a company that raises and distributes the finest quality U.S. farm-raised catfish on the market, in a cost efficient, environmentally responsible manner. The idea was simple: the more care we put into our fish, the more taste you get out of it.

This commitment to healthier, sustainable farm-to-fork practices helped us become one of the nation’s primary farmer’s, harvesters, processors and distributors of American catfish. By 2008, we had earned first U.S. catfish processor to be Best Aquaculture Certified (BAP) by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

Today, we have over 250 dedicated, trained personnel in Uniontown, Alabama producing over 750,000 pounds of catfish weekly. This hands-on approach allows us to get the fish out of the pond and restaurant ready in less than 50 minutes. And you can taste the difference, whether you’re pulling crisp crusted fillets from the fryer, serving it in a slow-simmered stew or enjoying it broiled with just a squeeze of lemon.

Who you calling a bottom feeder?

Unlike their wild bottom-feeding relatives, our farm-raised catfish feed on a scientifically formulated diet of high-protein food pellets, consisting of soybeans, corn, wheat, vitamins, and minerals that float on top of the pond. This special feed creates a healthier fish with a cleaner, milder taste that adapts to a variety of delicious menu ideas, sauces, and cooking methods.

Oh, and those ponds are pretty special, too. They’re made of hard-packed clay soil, then filled with pure fresh water pumped from clear, cold, underground reservoirs. Rectangular-shaped ponds, averaging 10 to 12 acres each are built above ground by constructing levees to contain the water, which in most ponds averages about 4 to 6 feet deep. Be sure to watch the overview video from TCI of the U.S. Farm Raised Catfish Industry on this page to learn more.

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