Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts

Latvia is historically known as the producer of fish products due to its geographical location - 498 km coastal area and ancient fishing traditions. The JSC " Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts " is situated in the NW part of Latvia near the Baltic Sea, in the ice-free port of Ventspils, which is a beneficial place for the fish-processing industry. The company is one of the largest amongst the companies of the city of Ventspils and Kurzeme region, which employs a substantial number of employees (on 31/12/2013 - 450), one of the biggest social taxpayers in Latvia. The company specializes in the production of canned fish, processed from the Baltic Sea fish (herring and sprat), smoked sprats in oil, fried fish in tomato and mustard sauce. We currently offer 23 products of different names. Packing 160g, 190g and 240g in metal and aluminum cans (normal and easy-to-open by opener). In the region more than 50 other companies are connected with the company. Products are exported to more than 15 countries worldwide. The main sales region is the Russian Federation, the former CIS countries and the European Union countries. Our company pays special attention to the improvement of product quality, fairly well supervises and manages its production process.

Insight into VZKK History

The Ventspils fish canning plant is one of the largest fish processors in Latvia. It was founded in 1945 on the base of small fish processors as a smoke shop “Ventspils zivju apstrādāšanas fabrika” (The Ventspils fish processing factory). It was located on the left bank of the Venta River, now 8 Locu Street. A new company developed in the difficult post-war conditions – it did not have highly qualified specialists and fish processing equipment. It was based on hard physical work.
In 1948 “ Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts” was allocated land on the right bank of the Venta and construction of a new combine building began.
After four years (in 1952) the combine moved to the new premises at 47 Dzintaru Street in Ventspils. Since then, the company began to grow rapidly, and in 1955 its sales grew by 18 times and the number of employees increased by 9 times.
In September 1962, the company’s name was changed to ” J.Rudzutaka v.n. Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts “(J.Rudzutaka vn Ventspils fish canning plant).
In August 1991 the company became the Latvian state-owned enterprise „J.Rudzutaka v.n. Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts” (J.Rudzutaka vn Ventspils fish canning plant).
On 7th March 1996, the state enterprise „J.Rudzutaka v.n. Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts” was registered as the joint stock company „Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts” (JSC Ventspils fish canning plant ) in the Register of Enterprises of the Republic of Latvia as a result of the privatization.
In 2001 the combine moved to the left bank of the Venta into the previous fishing collective farm ” Sarkanā bāka ” premises at 12 Enkuru Street 12 in Ventspils, where the company is now.
The following years notable in the company’s history:
In June 2009, Ventspils court declared the Ventspils fish canning combine bankruptcy. In turn, in October 2009 at a creditors’ meeting it was unanimously decided on the Ventspils fish canning combine remediation. The reorganization plan was based on the continued existence and development of production to cover the claims of creditors.
In 2011, due to the change of shareholders, young professionals and investments were attracted. As a result of the new shareholders’ experience and vigorous activity, on 8th March 2012 the company’s ability to pay was restored. In a very short time, the company was able to restore the confidence of business partners and market reputation.
It is a rare case in Latvia and at the same time a good example, when the company being in the hands of the insolvency administrators, is not dismantled and sold off, but restores its activity.
On 12th March 2012 the Union of Latvian Fish Processing Industry (LZS – ULFPI ) restored the JSC “Ventspils zivju konservu kombināts” membership status in the organization.
In April 2013, the company became a “Rīgas šprotes” (“Riga sprats”) member. This organization is a collective brand „Rīgas šprotes eļļā” (“Riga sprats in oil”) holder, it controls the quality of the products of the society members and elaborates recommendations to enhance the quality of products.