The Canadian company began in 1985 as Kelly Cove Salmon, with a single marine cage site and 5,000 salmon. It has since grown to the largest fully integrated and independent salmon farming company in Canada, with operations in the United States, Chile, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Here's a timeline of Cooke's acquisitions through the past two decades:

1997-Acquired Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd in order to expand its value-added forms.

1998-Acquired Grand Isle Fish Farms Ltd

1999-Acquired Saddle Island site in Nova Scotia.