Compliance with international sanitary regulations is key when handling frozen foods and cold storage

InterPesca Frigo: Continuous Improvement in a Vital Industry for Mauritania

Keeping cold chains under strict supervision and securing efficient distribution

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If you had to describe our planet to someone who was unfamiliar, you might just call it “the blue planet.” When viewed from afar, the earth takes on the hue of its most abundant resource: the sea. The planet’s surface is roughly three-quarters water, about the same proportion that water comprises in the human body. This statistical curiosity is taken by some as a testament that humans, much like all life, came from the oceans. For thousands of years, humans have returned to the oceans, depending on it as both an important source of food, and a way of life.

One could say that the continuous search for food is the primordial force driving the modern fishing industry, which takes in an average of $148 billion dollars per year in revenues. The seafood business is one of the biggest industries in the world. Both fish and other kinds of seafood are integral components of the cuisines developed by nearly every culture in the world, and in some, like Japanese or Peruvian cuisine, seafood appears in more than 80% of dishes.

To produce the incredible amount of seafood and fish needed to feed the world population, almost every country with any kind of access to significant bodies of water has a fleet of fishing ships and boats, either operated by private companies, through cooperatives, or directly administered by the state. If all of this activity wasn’t enough, all of the fish, shrimp, crabs, and shellfish that are drawn from the world’s seas and rivers each day must arrive fresh to markets, restaurants, and homes around the world.

This has necessitated the creation of an end-to-end cold chain preservation system, that must be able to quickly capture seafood at peak freshness and preserve it all the way to its end destination. This incredible accomplishment requires the combined efforts of fishermen, scientists, and entrepreneurs, all working together to develop and maintain this staple of the modern, global marketplace. It is in this crucial industry—seafood distribution—that InterPesca Frigo, from Mauritania, has committed itself to. Here’s how it achieves the highest standards of quality:

Best Practices, Continuous Improvement, and Technological Advancement

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Founded in Mauritania in 2010, InterPesca Frigo specializes in seafood cold storage systems, logistics, distribution, and delivery of fish and seafood products. It also works in the importation and sale of high-quality cold storage equipment.

This African company fully understands the heavy responsibility—and the complexity—inherent in food preservation and distribution, and has committed its managerial practices to achieving Total Quality. Through the implementation of Continuous Improvement, a key Quality practice, its processing factories, cold-chain technologies, frozen and cold storage systems, and its distribution services have emerged as top-notch in the regional market.

InterPesca Frigo offers a selection of seafood products than encompases a wide range of varieties, from the local delicacies such as mullet bottarga to more common creatures such as octopus, several variations of squid, flounder, and sepia.

This wide range of seafood products is all packaged and preserved under the most strict regulations and standards, and the company maintains an ISO 9001 certification for the treatment, processing, and storage of frozen fish and seafood, all in total compliance with all Mauritanian and international sanitary regulations.

For its work in a complex and vital sector, its upholding of the highest levels of quality, and for its understanding that excellence can only be achieved through the practice of Continuous Improvement, Business Initiative Directions wishes to award InterPesca Frigo with the 2016 BID International Quality Award, in recognition to its commitment to quality, excellence and the managerial practices inside the demanding real of Quality Culture.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.

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