GM salmon farmer AquaBounty hires former Ocean Quality executive

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Managing director for Ocean Quality USA Dennis Bryant is now AquaBountys director of sales.

In a press release, land-based salmon farmer AquaBounty Technologies writes that it has hired Dennis Bryant as its new director of sales. In this role, Bryant will oversee company sales initiatives.

This is ahead of the commercial launch of its genetically engineered salmon in April. 

Formerly Ocean Quality USA managing director Bryant has extensive experience in seafood sales. In his role at Ocean Quality, Bryant was responsible for sales, marketing, distribution, and financial results for the company’s portfolio of fresh, farmed Atlantic salmon in the U.S. market.

Before that, Bryant was director of program sales for the seafood distributor Buckhead Meat and Seafood of Houston. Bryant also has direct experience in food service, having worked with several restaurant groups.

“This strategic hire allows AquaBounty to better service its customer relationships and optimize its supply chain operations as the company prepares for the commercial launch of its genetically engineered Atlantic salmon into the U.S. and Canadian markets. Bryant also will manage external relationships with AquaBounty’s processing partners and freight carriers specifically related to customer order fulfillment, service and satisfaction,” wrote AquaBounty.

“With his extensive farmed salmon experience, he will hit the ground running and provide great insight and support as we roll out our groundbreaking sustainable Atlantic salmon to our growing customer base,” said AquaBounty chief commercial officer David Melbourne.

Bryant will join AquaBounty from his home office in Wilmington, North Carolina.