Atwood Lobster Company to Begin Exporting Maine Lobster to Latin America Through New Venture

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Maine lobster headed to Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Brazil under new trade treaty. Maine Lobster, S.A., to begin importing Maine lobster into Panama and Latin America through an exclusive agreement with The Mazzetta Company and Atwood Lobster Company.

Maine Lobster, S.A., a Panama-based company established by Maine residents Jack Mosher and John Brier, has announced an exclusive supply agreement with one of Maine's largest lobster distributors, Atwood Lobster Company. The venture was spurred by the recent enactment of a trade treaty between the U.S. and Latin American countries that clears the way for Maine lobster, among other commodities, to be imported without restrictive import taxes that were in place previously.

"As Maine residents, we are excited to work with Atwood Lobster Company and the State of Maine to generate international interest in Maine products. Bringing Maine lobster into Panama and the Latin American region is something we are pleased to have the opportunity to do," said Mosher and Brier, who first met as fraternity brothers while attending the University of Maine, Orono, 27 years ago.

As one of Maine's oldest and largest lobster companies, Atwood Lobster Company was purchased in 2011 by the Mazzetta family, owners of parent company Mazzetta Company, LLC, one of the world's leading fully integrated seafood companies. "The Atwood family had been involved in Maine Lobster for nearly a century, and when we purchased the company we committed to work to make its second century even stronger," said Mazzetta Company Executive Vice President, Jordan Mazzetta. "This is an exciting venture for Maine lobster and for our entire SEAMAZZ family of premium branded products."

“It is great to see the prospect of expansion of this traditional Maine industry and I applaud the forward thinking of all involved,” said Maine Governor Paul LePage “It is important that Maine continues to pursue expansion of business globally in order to bring more jobs to the state.”

Panamanian officials familiar with the new trade treaty are also excited about the prospects. "This is a tremendous example of how the recently passed Trade Treaty can benefit the United States and Panama. We look forward to this venture bringing Maine lobster into Panama and Latin America, and will assist Maine Lobster, S.A. in introducing their Maine lobster products to potential purchasers in Panama," said Jean Arias, the Liaison for the Panamanian Embassy, Athens, Greece.

Maine Lobster, S.A. is currently establishing customer relationships in Latin America and plan to begin importing Maine lobster products into the region in the third quarter of 2012. Websites promoting the business are being established at MaineLobsterColombia.com, MaineLobsterCostaRica.com, MaineLobsterBrazil.com, and http://www.MaineLobsterPanama.com.

About Maine Lobster, S.A.:

Maine Lobster, S.A., is a Panama-based company founded by Maine residents Jack Mosher and John Brier, for the purpose of importing Maine lobster into Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Brazil for sale to restaurants, wholesalers, hotels, supermarkets, seafood markets, specialty shops, and membership clubs. For more information visit them online at MaineLobsterPanama.com.

About Mazzetta Company/Atwood Lobster:

Mazzetta Company LLC, founded in 1987, is one of the world’s leading, fully integrated, premium seafood companies. http://www.seamazz.com. Atwood Lobster, now owned and operated by the Mazzetta family, is one of Maine’s largest lobster companies. Atwood lobster operates multiple buying wharves, large live lobster holding tanks, and a shipping facility.http://www.atwoodlobster.com

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