Minterbrook Oyster Company is a progressive Shellfish company located in Gig Harbor, WA. Established in 1931 and under present ownership since 1954, Minterbrook Oyster Company has sourced its shell fish from the pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest and has recently added shellfish Products from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Anticipating and answering our customers needs is our top priority. In today’s market, this means being more than a reliable source of quality shell fish products that are a reasonably priced – it also means implementing ways to provide safer, healthier and more earth friendly products. Our shell fish products are derived from strong wild stocks to ensure a healthy sustainable resource.
Minterbrook’s production and processing is conducted utilizing environmentally, earth friendly methods. Looking at all aspects from phasing in safer environmentally friendly food grade hydraulic fluids , greases, anti freezes and lubricants in our delivery trucks and marine vessels,phasing out our 2 stroke boat motors and converting to 4 stroke motors that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, implementing sanitation procedures utilizing biodegradable products, working with suppliers who support the use of sustainable resources and work to miminalize excess packaging materials.
Knowledge is strength A positive attitude and healthy environment
is a necessity for our spirit to grow.
We have seen a dramatic increase in our sales since implementing the new packaging and believe that, with our product in your inventory, you too will see a dramatic increase in your oyster sales.
Building blocks for the future
It is this vision that has enabled Minterbrook to create healthier, safer, 100 % natural shellfish products
The Minterbrook Advantage
Minterbrook has quality Shell fish available when others are closed due to bio toxins or water quality issues.
love to respond to a request and hear, wow we can
really do that!
We are like no other shell fish company
There is a direct correlation between success in the future and the evolution and implementation of understanding derived from the life lessons of the past.Our message is simple, One world One life make the connection we did. Keep things simple and natural and take a grassroots approach making healthy natural products that are 100% natural.
Minterbrook shellfish products are produced from the Strongest wild stocks available. Our shell fish are initiallyReared in controlled hatchery environments which have been designed specifically to promote for us the best of the wild natural species. It is not an issue of quantity we are looking for quality stocks to ensure that the beauty of the natural shellfish is maintained. We focus on the quality and health of brood stock that is spawned and develops into our market shellfish. We do not utilize steroids or growth hormones of any kind. We look for good strong shellfish to propagate. We are careful not to purchase larvae or seed from hatcheries that propagate for volume. We are proud to work with a hatchery who looks at the shellfish cycle in an entirely different way. Yes it takes longer to spawn these hardy wild shellfish but the extra effort is worth the wait. These shellfish are less susceptible to disease, grow bigger, faster, have a better meat color and have beautiful shell development. They are amazing and incredibly healthy. If you start with junk you get junk and in the case of seed you truly get what you pay for.
The extra investment is worth it.
When Harold Wiksten grew up along the scenic beaches of Minter Bay, a pristine lagoon located off Carr Inlet in the southern Puget Sound, he probably showed more interest in skipping the oysters than in raising them. During the summers and on school holidays, he and other local boys worked at Minterbrook Oyster Company, which was founded and then owned by Hubert and Mary Secor. Even Harold can't say when his passing interest grew into something more, but in 1943 he joked with his employers, "One day I'm going to buy you out."
And in 1954, he and business partner John Barr did just that. In the interval, Wiksten continued his college education and pursued his interest in shellfish research through employment as a biological aide for the State Fisheries Department at Purdy. When Wiksten and Barr purchased the small company, the only assets were a few rudimentary buildings and oddments of machinery including a landing craft, an old tugboat, a panel truck and an ancient tractor. Within a few years, Wiksten purchased his partner's interest in the company and became the sole proprietor.
Today, with harvest grounds stretching from the Canadian border to Southern Oregon, Minterbrook Oyster Company operates six days per week serving national chains and wholesalers. A fleet of refrigerated trucks delivers to local markets and to Sea Tac International Airport.
Minterbrook remains a family operation - owned and operated on a daily basis by Wiksten and his family. The values that governed Wiksten when he purchased the plant are those that continue to govern its operation today - hard work, excellent customer service and dedication to the practice and to the science of oyster farming. To this end, Minterbrook utilizes the most up-to-date processing and packaging techniques and has forged strong ties to local and national health agencies - becoming one of the most outspoken voices for the preservation of water quality in Western Washington.
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