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Casting the net wider: Ricoh Pandemic Pivot

Pandemic-induced closed restaurants meant casting the net wider for Christchurch’s Oceans North Seafood, which quickly whipped up an online ordering and home delivery service for Kiwi foodies and families keen to join the ilk of the country’s top chefs and restaurants.



A long-time preferred wholesaler for premium and sustainably sourced seafood from around the South Pacific, Oceans North Seafood made a quick pivot after Covid-19 saw eateries around the country close their doors during lockdown.

Now, the 100 percent family owned and operated business’ retail offerings are as fresh as its seafood products.

“From Fiordland and the Southern Alps, through Kaikoura to the Chatham Islands and New Caledonia, we cast our net far and wide to bring the freshest tasting and most sought-after varieties of seafood,” says Bruce Keenan, who bought the business with his wife, Lisa, in 2016.

The new online marketplace offers customers transparency and comfort in knowing where their food comes from because sustainability is a core value for the Keenans.

“New Zealanders love sea food and we love serving the Kiwi taste for our ocean’s bounty. But without proper protections, future generations may not have the luxury of dining out on this precious — internationally recognised — resource.”

“Quality assurance for Oceans North Seafood is not just about freshness and taste — it’s also about quality of life and environment. That’s why we source our diverse range of seafood from companies that safeguard marine habitats through sustainable fishing practices, adherence to strict national quota rules and conservation efforts.”

On that note, Bruce recommends getting in quick for the upcoming Bluff Oyster season!


Locally owned & sustainable: United Fisheries

United Fisheries has established itself as a leading family-owned Christchurch business, providing quality seafood to the local market and across the globe.



Founded by Kypros Kotzikas in 1974, it has grown from modest beginnings to become one of the top 10 seafood companies in New Zealand. Nowadays, Kypros’ four sons, and a grandson, are all involved in taking this business to the next level across its wide scope of fishing, marine farming, production, and marketing ventures. They also own several established mussel farms, as well as having contracts with other farms, which provide a secure supply of Greenshell™ Mussels and Pacific Oysters.

National Sales Manager Jason Sare says the company is 100-percent New Zealand-owned and operated and proud to be a sustainable fishery. While all United Fisheries’ products are available in stores across the country, the place in Christchurch to get access to a wide range of seafood products, alongside friendly service, is the dispatch area at their Parkhouse Road address.

Behind the counter, you’ll find Brownie Kirkwood, who has been with the company for 35 years. He and the team offer top-quality advice and expertise. The freezers are stocked with a variety of fish options, prawns, scallops, mussels, dumplings, and much, much more. Nothing goes to waste at United, as they also sell liquid fish fertilisers and pharmaceuticals.

The shop is open Monday to Fridays, 7:30am-4:30pm, and from 9am-12pm on a Saturday.

The United Fisheries team is excited to take the next step in their proud history this month, opening The Little Fish Co. in the Riverside Markets in late September.