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Bolton Food is the Bolton Group company that produces and markets canned fish under the Rio Mare, Palmera and Saupiquet brands.

We are an Italian success story and have become the European leader in the canned tuna market.

Our mission is to be the leader in the production of sustainable and high-quality canned fish products aimed at making consumers’ lives easier and healthier. With this in mind, for more than 50 years, we have produced canned tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel that are sold in more than 45 countries worldwide.

Our production takes place mainly in two plants: at Quimper (France) and Cermenate (Italy), the latter being the largest and most technologically advanced production plant in Europe and one of the world’s top facilities for the production of canned tuna.

The markets in which we operate

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Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Hungary

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Belgium, France, Germany


Bolton Food is among the founders of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the most important international non-profit organization for sustainable tuna fishing.


Launch of our “Responsible Quality" Corporate Social Responsibility program, aiming at conveying to all our stakeholders the concept of 360° Quality. This concept is pursued responsibly across the entire supply chain, from catch to consumer, in respect of the environment and people.


Launch of our first sustainable tuna product: Rio Mare Pole & Line Tuna, now marketed in numerous countries.


Bolton Food is the first Italian company and among the first in the world to obtain ISO22005 certification for the traceability system of its tuna loins supply chain.



Bolton Food enters into a partnership with WWF with the objective of procuring, by 2024, 100% of its tuna from MSC certified fisheries or from robust fishery improvement projects (FIPs) with obtainment of MSC certification as their end goal.


After a year in the partnership with WWF, 52.4% of tuna is sourced responsibly. Bolton Food starts the Tetepare conservation project together WWF to safeguard marine biodiversity.