Vima Foods Commits to BAP, BSP Certification Programs

Vima Foods BAPThe Global Seafood Alliance’s (GSA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has added a major player in the frozen, refrigerated and preserved foods business in southern Europe to its list of market endorsers.

Vima Foods has pledged to source seafood from BAP-certified farms and processing plants, the equivalent of two-star BAP product, GSA announced on Feb. 2. The company has also pledged its support for the Best Seafood Practices (BSP) third-party certification program, which houses the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). RFVS provides assurance of decent working conditions and operational best practices from catch to landing.

Shrimp, mussels, squid, Atlantic salmon, sea bass and sea bream are among the range of more than 750 food products that Vima Foods offers. With its roots in Galacia’s fishing community, Vima Foods has evolved into an international group consisting of multiple companies “dedicated to the production, storage, distribution and marketing of deep-frozen, refrigerated and preserved food products.”

“Vima’s commitment to its customers and suppliers as well as its extensive experience has made them company worthy of their trust. That is why they choose BAP and BSP products for their customers,” said Anders Holmgren​, who represents the BAP program in Spain.

Vima’s headquarters is in Panamá. It has operations in Central America, United States and China, and its principal markets are Panamá, Mexico and United States.

BAP now has a number of market endorsers that are based in Spain or do business in Spain, including Mercadona, Makro/Metro, Aldi, Lidl and Alcampo/Auchan.

About the Global Seafood Alliance
The Global Seafood Alliance is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification programs, GSA has become the leading provider of assurances for seafood globally. The organization’s work addresses the full spectrum of responsibility, from environmental responsibility and social accountability to food safety. Established in 1997 as the Global Aquaculture Alliance, GSA is headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA. To learn more, visit