In 2015, Matt and Meg McTaggart started their small family-owned business, Steelhead Food Co., beginning their journey as a humble box-in-box-out wholesaler specializing in selling smoked trout to various establishments such as restaurants, golf courses, and grocery stores. However, their story took a remarkable turn in the summer of 2018 when they seized an incredible opportunity to expand their business. Local rainbow trout producer Cole Munro moved into a larger facility, and Steelhead moved into a fully automated processing facility, setting the stage for their rapid growth.
In 2019, Matt and Meg expanded their product line to include processing perch and pickerel, catering to a broader range of customer preferences. Their commitment to innovation and meeting consumer demands became even more evident in 2020 when they formed a fruitful partnership with Golem Fisheries, opening doors to a new realm of possibilities.
Winter of 2022/2023 brought a turning point for Steelhead as they received an unexpected call from Golem Fisheries in Port Stanley. The call presented an enticing offer to expand their reach and establish a second location in the beautiful fishing village south of St. Thomas. Recognizing the potential for growth and eagerness to provide the community with quality seafood, Steelhead Food Co. jumped at the chance.
Matt and Meg achieved this remarkable growth and success relatively quickly. From a modest wholesaler specializing in smoked trout, they have evolved into a multifaceted business, encompassing retail, wholesale, distribution, processing, and packing. Their commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and adaptability has driven their flourishing enterprise.
As Steelhead Food Co. continues to grow and innovate, one thing remains certain—their commitment to providing the community with fresh, high-quality fish and seafood will always be at the forefront of their operations.