Love at First Sight Both Britexa and the Atlantic Limpetâ€™s Histories are Closely Intertwined. The shellfish was first discovered in the early 1990s in the region of Cancale. Over the course of the decade, the first efforts to fish and treat the Atlantic Limpet at an industrial scale were made first by cooking it in its shell, which caused it lose its taste and texture. The early attempts included bits and sand in the results. These efforts were not satisfying and the idea was abandoned. In 2008, Britexa decided to create a company named SLP in collaboration with oyster organizations and an executive from the fishing industry. The objective of this company is to fish, treat, and provide the Atlantic Limpet for consumption. Over four years, the company developed a cold shelling process, without cooking the shellfish, which retains its flavor and texture. This technological innovation allowed SLP to fish the Limpet at an industrial scale. In 2010, SLP opened its first factory with a CEE agreement. SLP created the first Atlantic Limpet specialized boat with the assistance of oyster producers in 2013. The boat enables fishers not only to catch the shellfish, but also to clean it onboard (capacity: 20 tons per tide). In spring 2014, the factory was updated to reach an industrial level and can now treat as many as 20 tons per day. The shellfish has already caught the interest of European countries such as Spain or Italy, but Britexa is also targeting Asia, where China and Japan expressed a high level of interest for the shellfish. The North American market also is very promising. The factory is set to reach a capacity of 60 tons per day by the end of 2015. Today with their very unique savoir-faire, Britexa is the only Atlantic Limpet producer in France and worldwide. The company also controls the entire production process from the sea to the final product for optimal traceability. Finally, in April 2014, Britexa was awarded the Development Prize for the Crisalide Eco-ActivitĂŠs Awards. Each year, this contest awards companies that are highly involved in eco-responsible activities. With this prize, the contest recognized the work that Britexa and SLP accomplished with the Atlantic Limpet in respect of the Cancale Gulf ecosystem.
Discover the Atlantic Limpet, a new shellfish from France