Welcome to Klädesholmen Seafood AB
Already in the 16th century, Klädesholmen was a well-known fishing village outside Tjörn. The site’s strong connection with the herring has been apparent for many hundreds of years.
In generation after generation, we have developed the herring to a delicacy.
Now the remaining families are joined under the brand Klädesholmen in order to preserve the Swedish herring tradition.
Today we are running a modern business that is still based on our long tradition in the industry, a unique sense of raw material and the close customer relationships that only a family business can offer. Here on the website we have gathered information we hope you as a customer will benefit from.
Herring tradition since 1594
Klädesholmen Seafood AB is a modern company based on generations of knowledge and experience.
Previously, we were four independent actors; Alax, Bråse, Klockbojen and PK. In order to grow stronger and expand our market opportunities, we decided in 2002 to merge into a joint venture called Klädesholmen Seafood. This created a modern company with greater production capacity – well equipped to meet the ever increasing demands for efficiency, quality, flexibility and market development.
What we offer
Unique taste experiences
As a manufacturer at Klädesholmen, we have strong local anchorage. We take care of the old unique recipes but at the same time we have the capacity and efficiency to deliver quality herring to competitive prices. We can offer a unique flexibility and service level for our customers, even if you have special needs. We also want to offer unique taste experiences to those who do not enjoy less than the absolute finest ingredients. Our vision is simple: Klädesholmen will be the leading producer of herring delicacies.
To achieve this, we are based on four pillars:
We are the genuine herring company
We tailor the concept
We have herring competence
We offer taste experiences
By expanding our knowledge with modern innovation, we want to challenge the market with attractive herring and caviar concepts.
We will be a popular, flexible and profitable business partner. We want to give our customers a taste experience of the West Coast at its best.
Even though we have grown, we are doing business in the same spirit as our former family companies. With owners who actively participate in both production, purchasing and sales, we can maintain great flexibility and tailor-made solutions as the needs change.
Our quality management system is based on FSSC 22000 which is an international standard for safer and more efficient food production. It helps us keep staff, equipment and methods in constant development. In close cooperation with our customers, our products and services will be developed and improved throughout the chain from sea to plate.
Quality already begins in the sea
Quality control and certification
Klädesholmen Seafood AB works on the basis of FSSC 22000 which is an international standard for safer and more efficient food production.
– Including ISO 22000:2005, ISO/TS 22002-1:2009 and additional FSSC 22000 requirements.
We also work from the ISO 14000 environmental management system.
We use mainly MSC-labeled fish to promote sustainable fishing. The salmon we use in our salmon spread comes from an ASC-certified salmon pisciculture.
For the US market, an FDA certificate applies.
– Certificate of Registration by Registrar Corp
Full control all the way
Environmental responsibility is important to us.
We live from our ocean and it is natural for us to contribute with what we can.
Klädesholmen Seafood AB is a producer of fish products dependent on a prosperous marine environment. Our aim is to tailor the entire business so that it is in balance with nature and people in cooperation with our suppliers and customers. We will develop our environmental work, reduce environmental impact and maintain with our world’s natural resources and therefore demand all parts of the chain. One example is that our fish waste is used to produce methane gas used in bus traffic, thus contributing to lower emissions.
This is our environmental policy
Customers & Markets
We have a standard range of 250g and 550g cans with several exciting flavors such as Curry herring and classics like Onion herring and Matjes.
Our premium range consists of carefully selected and hand cut fillets and pieces in sauces like crayfish marinated and Black Currant.
Klädesholmen was the first in business to replace the canister and present the round plastic package of 200g with Matjes. This packaging is one step in our quest for a lower environmental impact. We also use plastic packaging for “Inläggningssill” and “5-minute” herring for those who want to make their own entries.
The caviar from Klädesholmen is praised on the west coast where it has been part of the breakfast table for generations. The caviar has a high roe content and mild smoked flavor, making it suitable for both large and small.
The herring should not only taste good, it should also look attractive in the packaging. This requires the herring to be inserted into its glass jar in a special way that looks extra appetizing through the glass. These patterned products can’t be made by any machines, it can only be accomplished with the use of genuine crafts, and there are only a few “Silletöser” who master the art.
One example of this is the “Lunch herring”, which is added in a beautiful glass.
Restaurant & Caterers
In fact, we are one of the largest suppliers of herring fillets and deposits to many talented chefs and conscious fish dishes around the country. Those who meet the end-user face to face just want to offer the best. Our main responsibility is to manage the trust these customers have for us and make sure they always get what they expect:
- Products with high and even quality
- Fillets in the size the customer wishes
- Tasty entries
- Classic, traditional products
- New flavors
- Raw material fished from safe stock
- Quality assured products
We capture the needs
At Klädesholmen, we are responsive both in terms of service and requests for new products. Through our long tradition of always working with high quality, we enjoy great trust among larger as well as smaller wholesalers. Some of our collaborations have lasted for almost fifty years and our ambition is to continue building long-term relationships in Sweden as well as abroad.
Market demands increase
As one of the leading Private Label suppliers in the Nordic region, we collaborate with large customers on a national and international basis. We have business partnerships with many of the major food chains such as ICA, Axfood and Coop. We also have well-known distributors like Falkeskog and Kosterfiskarn. Among the caterer customers there are the various fish wholesalers in Gothenburg’s fishing port, but also companies such as Dafgård and Servera.
These customers choose long-term partnerships with us, for the following reasons:
- That we can tailor attractive products
- We have a high degree of flexibility
- We have solid product knowledge
- We have affordable products
Seal of approval
The label with “Klädesholmen” denotes our herring of the highest quality. If the label is labeled Klädesholmen ALAX, it means high quality herring at a favorable price. Some entries are also sold under our customers’ own brands (see Private Label). You can still recognize the product from Klädesholmen through the manufacturer’s code on the packaging. If it is SE 917, the product comes from Klädesholmen. Then you know that it meets high demands on quality and taste.
Saluhallar & delikatessdiskar
Together we have a solid legacy that provides broader experience, an even larger collection of recipes and the opportunity to continue the family’s activities as in a large family. If you want to read more about the history of our family business and how Alax, Bråse, Klockbojen and PK Konserver started and became famous herring companies, click on the respective names below.
PK Konserver was once called Pettersson & Karlsson
This family began its operation in 1922 when the inquisitors Charles Karlsson (who was called “Salteri-Idkarn’s Charles” because his father had previously sold herring on Lilla Tjörnekalv) and Artur Pettersson bought the fishing vessel Mode. Each spring they left along the Göta Channel to Mälaren where they sold herring preserves in Enköping, Strängnäs and Mariefred. They did a couple of trips every summer. Started land-based manufacturing in 1945, when also their sons Rune Karlsson and Karl-Erik Pettersson joined the company Pettersson & Karlsson. In 1971 it became a limited company and the name was shortened to PK Konserver AB. The old factory became Herring museum when the company built a new factory in 1986.
Bråse & Söner
Bråse & Söner started in 1886
Anders Bråse moved to Klädesholmen in 1857 and he is listed in the list of Saltery owners in 1886. Eventually, his son Hans joined the business and they acquired his first herring boat Vega in 1896. When turnover increased, Bråse then expanded with the boats Elvy and Sälen. Their sales areas were along the beaches of Vänern, Vättern and in Göta Älv. In the 1920s, they also started land-based activities that took place in two different factories, where the sons Anders and Karl Bråse also worked. Also the following generation Bråse, Sture, Lennart and Sune operated manufacturing in two different factories, which continued until one of them burned in 1986, when everything was moved into the new factory the following year.
Alax is named after the founder
The operation began in 1924 when Albert Axelsson and his brother Wilhelm completed the summer’s Shetland fishing from Dolly with sales of canned food during September-April. Their sales area was Ystad and Trelleborg. Wilhelm eventually quit and in 1939, the son, Rune Axelsson, joined the company, who received the name of the first two letters in the founder’s first and last name. Albert took a driver’s license already in 1934 and could drive the goods to the different households. In 1943 the production started at Klädesholmen and in 1980 a new factory was built.
Klockbojen stared with herring saltery
The Brothers Anders, Bernhard and Kristian Svensson were called “Svensarna”. They devoted themselves to herring and had a boat in the 1890s. Around 1915, Kristian bought a magazine on “Svarta skär”. There, his sons Karl, Artur and Axel Kristensson continued to run Klockbojen’s factory until the mid 50’s. At the beginning they also sold herring with the boat Svea, which marketed their goods at the north of Mälarstrand in Stockholm. After a couple of years of interruption, Artur and Karls son, Folke Kristensson, started operating again in 1959. Artur was later released and Folke continued with Klockbojen’s distribution car until Mats Kristensson took over.