Orkney Fishermen's Society was established in 1953. Beginning life largely exporting live lobster the business has grown to become one of the foremost processors of brown crab in the UK.
Still a co-operative owned largely by inshore fishermen the OFS is now internationally recognised as being among the leaders in crab processing, producing a range of products for retail, wholesale and export markets.
Throughout the food industry, the Orkney name has become synonymous with the highest quality, both in terms of products and the level of service offered to customers. The 70 or so islands and skerries which makes up the Orkney archipelago has over 500 miles of coastline all within 30 miles of the BRC Global A accredited factory in Stromness.
Our commitment to quality is backed up by our commitment to sustainable fishing. The co-operative is a key supporter of Orkney Sustainable Fisheries Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation which runs the local lobster hatchery and is engaged in various initiatives relating to the long-term security of inshore fishing in the islands.
Highly Commended Award
OFS recently received a 'Highly Commended' in the 2015 Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, in the category of Food & Drink Business Growth. Also OFS' Sinclair Bain was joint winner of the Young Shining Star Award.
Orkney Fishermen's Society have a new fish shop, close to the crab processing factory. The new shop sells a variety of fresh and frozen fish products as well as Orkney Crab of course. Opening Times:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
FISH SHOP ONLY: 01856 850870
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The Orkney Fishermen's Society wins second award for Partnership Working.
The award for "Success Through Working in Partnership" in the Scotland Food & Drink Excllence Awards 2012 follows on from the success of the 'Partnership for Success Award' and an additional 'Excellence Award' at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards for 2011.
Orkney Fishermen's Society recently achieved a 'Highly Commended' in the Food & Drink Business Growth category.
Orkney Fishermen's Society have opened a new Fish Shop close to the crab processing plant.
The Scottish Pier Crabbing Competition recently held in Stromness, hailed a great success!
OFS were delighted to sponsor and organise the Scottish Pier Crabbing Championships which were held in Stromness on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.
OFS recently became the first crab processor to hold Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification for brown crab.
OFS are sponsoring the World Pier Crabbing Championships taking place at the Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival 2012.