pingtan marine enterprise to take second step to enter consumer food market; it signs framework agreement to sell in e-commerce platform and to a restaurant chain
FUZHOU, China, May 11, 2017 – Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME) (“Pingtan” or the “Company”), a global fishing company based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), today announced that the Company has signed a tripartite Framework Agreement (“the Agreement”) with Shanghai City Supermarket Co., Ltd (“City Shop”) and Shenzhen Honglicun Restaurant Co., Ltd (“Honglicun”) to provide its fish products.
Pursuant to the Agreement, Pingtan will provide its deep ocean fish products directly to City Shop and Honglicun as a primer supplier. City Shop, established in 1999, is one of the largest chain stores in Shanghai dealing in an extensive range of gourmet foods from around the globe. Honglicun’s restaurants are located in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Huizhou and Honglicun also provides catering to airlines, shipping companies, and trains and other mainstream transportation dining platforms.
The three parties will form a broad strategic cooperation in production, processing and supply management of Pingtan’s fishing products. The Company expects to complete the preparations and begin recognizing sales in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, “We are very pleased to be partnering with two major competent companies to enter directly the e-commerce and restaurant chain. It is important that we continue to rapid expand our presence in China as the domestic demand for deep ocean fish products continues to grow. We believe this partnership with City Shop and Honglincun will establish a win-win cooperation and a direct sales and procurement channel to bypass the intermediaries, and will accelerate our progress to becoming a comprehensive seafood provider.”
Pingtan is a global fishing company engaging in ocean fishing through its subsidiary, Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing.
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