About East Point Seafood Market
Who We Are and Where We Come From
On the banks of the Willapa river, in the woods of the southwest
corner of Washington State not far from Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean, sits the
South Bend. This is the place
where East Point Seafood Market makes its home. Here,
protected from the storms of the Pacific by the Willapa and just a short sail
downriver to reach fisheries fed by the Columbia river, we harvest, pack
and ship world-wide the highest quality seafood products.
seafood runs deep in the blood of the people here. This is also the land of the Chinook and
Chehalis, the indigenous peoples that harvested Salmon from the rivers, oysters from Willapa Bay
and other delicacies from the Pacific. The first white settlers in the 1850s did the same in
their Willapa Bay (then called Shoalwater Bay) oyster sloops. Over time South
Bend and the Willapa Bay became known as the "Oyster Capital of the World" (In
fact one out of every six oysters consumed in the United States today is
harvested in Willapa Bay). In 1942 Erling H.
Bendiksen purchased the small cannery that would become East Point Seafood. By 1948, he had
firmly established a line of renown oyster products and began advertising
and marketing their products to every point of the compass. As the years continued other seafood
products were added including salmon, tuna, sturgeon, Dungeness crab and more. Smoked products also became a
well known specialty. When Erling died in the late 1980's, East Point Seafood was sold to Joel Van Ornum and he
continued Erling's commitment to quality and innovative seafood products.
Through the years as we have strived to produce the highest quality seafood products,
we have also subscribed to an
unwavering commitment of fairness in business dealings with our partners
and fairness with our
customers. We also have contributed to the fabric, life and growth of our South
Bend/Willapa Bay community which, in turn, has
lead to the growth and stability of East Point Seafood.
Superior Processing For A Superior Product
East Point Seafood
now processes a variety of seafood products fresh, frozen
and canned. We are one of the few (if not the only)
processor in the world to peel the shrimp before cooking. Yes, it may take a little more time to do it this way or cost
a little more but this
process ensures that the shrimp we produce does not have the 'off-flavor'
that is caused by the presence of offal material when the shrimp are cooked
whole. You get the full shrimp taste and nothing else. Additional steps during
the production process assures that our shrimp products (fresh, frozen, or canned)
of the best products on the market today. And this commitment to quality
products extends to our other seafood lines as well. From salmon to crab to
smoked sturgeon to Willapa Bay oysters, the commitment is the same: To offer
the best tasting, competitively priced seafood we can. We welcome you to experience the East Point Seafood difference.
We're sure you'll agree and come back again and again for more of what East
Point Seafood has to offer.
We'd love to have you visit us in person but if that isn't possible right now, please use the information below to contact us about...
~ Our seafood online store
~ Visiting us in South Bend
~ Wholesale purchases
~ Or any general questions or suggestions
Mail: 350 Blake Street, Raymond, WA 98577