Olasagasti, located in the Basque region of Spain, has been in business since 1929 and produce their products using traditional Spanish methods. They have deep roots in both the Cantabrian and Mediterranean Seas. Their story starts at the end of the 19th century when Salvatore Orlando first set foot on the shores of Getaria, in Gipuzkoa (Basque Country, Spain). He was sent from his native Sicily by his father. He was one of the Italian pioneers who introduced the long-standing salting techniques on the Cantabrian coast, where it was as yet unknown. Salvatore tied the knot with a Basque woman, Simona Olasagasti, and their marriage produced six children and various companies. The products of these companies were then distributed to Italy through established family business lines in that country.
Today, his son Matteo Orlando is the manager of the Markina (Basque Country) factory (Conservas Dentici, SL – Olasagasti) and, together with his sisters (in Genova), they are the 4th generation heading this business.
All their product comes from the Cantabrian Sea, a cold wild sea where the ideal species for their canned fish live. With its abundance and its steep waves, it is the perfect breeding ground for our fish, giving them unparalleled flavor and texture. The arrantzales (Basque fishermen) work following traditional fishing methods which always respect our ecosystem. And it is on the shores of this ocean, at the fish markets, where we select only the best fish, freshly caught, for our canned fish. After the product is fished, they process and pack it locally while the fish is fresh, it is never frozen. They employ many skilled workers from the vicinity, much of the process is done by hand using the highest standards of quality.
The final product is immediately kept in refrigeration until it reaches its final customers to maintain maximum freshness. No other producer in the market - that we know of - does this.
As members of this Association, they produce canned fish such as Anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea and White Tuna - Bonito del Norte captured and made exclusively on the coast, with the traceability guarantee controlled by the Basque Government. A very rigorous selection which satisfies even the most demanding palates with every mouthful.
The recipes and flavors of products are a legacy that Salvatore Orlando brought to Spain from Sicily over a century ago. This is special because it merges two cultures and celebrates their traditions.
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