30 YEAR HISTORY
Regal Springs was founded in 1988 in Central Java. Thirty years later, did you know the following about Regal Springs?
The world’s largest integrated Tilapia producer
The largest white fish fillet farming producer in the world
The largest employer in each of our lake farming locations
The largest employer in each of our factory processing locations
The world’s first Tilapia producer to certify for both the ASC and BAP Tilapia standards for responsible Tilapia farming
The only food business in the world to produce Regal Springs Naturally Better Tilapia
WE CARE is the world’s first totally integrated sustainability program for Tilapia
Did you know where the Regal Springs name originated?
Across Indonesia, governmental administrative districts are called regencies. The use of the ‘regencies’ term inspired the founder to call the business “Regal Springs,” with the “Springs’ part of the name being derived from the Wunut hatchery location, which was served by natural water springs (‘Umbul Doyo’ means Water Springs in Indonesian Bahasa).
The company was founded 1988 in Wunut, Central Java, Indonesia. Our founder was experimenting with different species to develop fish farming to help alleviate the poverty and lack of jobs in the local communities there. During this pioneering aquaculture period, the business started to develop the potential and possibilities of natural Tilapia fish farming.
In 1991, the business expanded into cage farming and in 1992 the Wunut Hatchery was built. This was the beginning of creating the 100% provenance assurance that Regal Springs offers; from egg to harvested fish.
The business became a success and soon Regal Springs began to export into the United States, where it opened its first sales office in 1994. Further expansion followed within Indonesia with new hatcheries and the introduction of round net pen lake farming.
In 1998, Aquafinca St. Peter Fish in Honduras became part of the Regal Springs family.
In 2008 we started our Regal Springs Mexico farming and processing operations in the Chiapas region, an area with low employment opportunities but blessed with natural lakes that meet our strict fish farming criteria.
Today, Tilapia has gone from a virtually unknown fish in the USA to the 4th-most-consumed seafood item after Shrimp, Salmon and Tuna.
In 2016, Regal Springs was acquired by the Golden Springs Group, a life sciences business. Golden Springs is committed to support Regal Springs with know-how from the life sciences sectors and drive Regal Springs growth.
In 2017, Regal Springs started to operate under our new CEO, Achim Eichenlaub, with a new operations, innovation and sales strategy building upon our thirty years of responsible aquaculture and processing experience.
Regal Springs has lake-based farms in Honduras, Indonesia and Mexico and sells its Naturally Better Tilapia in local markets and globally. The business supports over 27,000 jobs in direct and secondary roles.
In 2018, Regal Springs has been busy integrating the business globally and launched the Regal Springs WE CARE Integrated Sustainability Plan across the business.