US-based Pacific Seafood Group has acquired Canadian custom seafood processor Keltic Seafoods, Pacific Seafood confirmed to IntraFish.

Employee-owned Keltic offers full service custom processing, commercial cold storage and freezing services, based out of British Columbia. It manufactures ice, and renders offal and fish byproduct. Its employees grade, sort, tally, and containerize over 450 tons of seafood daily.

Dave Dawson, general manager for Canada operations with Pacific Seafood, noted Keltic is known for "custom processing for customers around the globe," following the acquisition.

Pacific Seafood Director of Communications Lacy Ogan told IntraFish there are "no plans to make any changes to the operations."

"The full leadership team will continue at Keltic with Mickey Flanagan serving in the role of CEO," Ogan said.

Flanagan said the acquisition was part of the company now having the "right partner" to realize further growth opportunities.

"After much vetting, it was clear that our long-time vendor, Pacific Seafood is that partner," he said. "They are committed to Keltic remaining Keltic and proudly share our same values of giving back to the community and sustainable products.”

Portland, Oregon-based Pacific Seafood is one of North America's largest seafood processors and distributors.