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Minnesota—trū Shrimp Selects Sites for First Farm, Hatchery and Processing Plant



On June 14, 2017, trū Shrimp Company, an affiliate of Ralco, a third-generation, family-owned agriculture company with distribution in more than 20 countries, announced that it had signed a letter of intent to locate its first $50-million shrimp farm, called “Luverne Bay Harbor” in Luverne, Minnesota, and its first shrimp hatchery, called “Marshall Cove Hatchery” in Marshall, Minnesota.


The company will also renovate a vacant USDA-approved facility in Marshall to process the more than 8,000,000 pounds of shrimp year estimated to be produced by the Luverne shrimp farm.


In addition, trū Shrimp also announced the construction of a training facility adjacent to its Shrimp Innovation Center and Laboratory in Balaton, Minnesota, that will be called “Balaton Bay Reef.”  It will be used to train personnel to work at its shrimp farms.  Construction of the training facility, hatchery and renovation of the processing facility is scheduled to begin in 2017.  Groundbreaking for the shrimp farm is scheduled for early 2018.  President and CEO of the trū Shrimp Company Michael Ziebell said construction of the facilities in both Marshall and Luverne are a major step toward developing a large-scale shrimp aquaculture industry in the state of Minnesota.


Ziebell said.  “The facilities in Marshall and Luverne will produce the most natural shrimp possible using a sustainable, antibiotic-free and environmentally responsible approach.  We are often asked why raise shrimp in Minnesota, and the answer is because the feed is here.  Economically and environmentally it makes much more sense to raise shrimp near their food source than to ship feed to shrimp raised in coastal ponds thousands of miles from the USA market.  Until now, the technology to effectively raise shrimp in the Midwest United States on a large scale did not exist; now it does, and we have proven it.”


Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian said, “It’s...going to benefit the larger rural community.  I was raised on a farm, my brother farms and I have a lot of friends who are farmers and we are an agribusiness community.  The shrimp are fed primarily soybeans, corn and hard red wheat, which positively affects the bottom line of every farmer in Minnesota.  Anytime we can help our local farmers is a plus for Main Street Luverne.  When our farmers do well, the whole region does well.”


Marshall and Balaton, Minnesota, will serve as the hub of an advanced shrimp aquaculture industry where shrimp breeding and processing will take place.  Sites in Minnesota for additional farms have been identified.


Shrimp production is not just about protein; there is an important biomedical compound called chitosan that is created from shrimp shells.  trū Shrimp will be able to provide the medical industry with a dependable raw material supply.


Information: Ryan Wendland, Ralco/trū Shrimp, 330 3rd Street, Balaton, Minnesota 56115, USA (Phone 1-507-337-6819, Email, Webpage


Source: Ralco’s Website.  Trū® Shrimp Announces Construction of Shrimp Production and Processing Facilities in Southwest Minnesota.  June 14, 2017.