Fish dish - fried cod fillet with asparagus on wooden table

Stavis Seafoods Purchases Plant from Legal Sea Foods, Plans to Keep Iconic Cod Sculpture

Aug. 21, 2023
The facility was being used as a commissary by Legal Sea Foods and will return to its seafood processing roots under Stavis’ ownership.

Legal Sea Foods has agreed to sell its South Boston waterfront processing facility to Stavis Seafoods — including a 45-foot-long metal codfish sculpture perched atop the building — according to local news reports.

Stavis, which was purchased by Spain’s Grupo Profand in 2018, processes and distributes a wide variety of seafood products. Legal Sea Foods restaurant group is owned by PPX Hospitality, a private-equity restaurant operated that acquired Legal in 2020.

The selling prices of the seafood processing plant was not disclosed in the reports. Stavis had planned to build a new facility in the area and approached PPX about purchasing the facility, and the initial answer was no. According to the reports, however, PPX quickly realized it did not need the processing space any longer, as it was generally purchasing most of its fresh fish from local distributors rather than processing it on its own.

PPX will move the commissary work it had been doing at the facility for three of its restaurants to a new location that is expected to be ready in January 2024. The move allows Stavis to stay in Boston, a place it has called home for nearly a century.

Stavis plans to keep the iconic giant cod sculpture as well.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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