Our history: respect for the sea since 1977
Learn more about FRIME’s history. Our passion for the sea is what leads us to sell fish to more than 30 countries around the world
An international expansion that began in La Boquería
FRIME started operating in 1937, under the direcion of Jesús Ramon Gómez, grandfather of the current manager Salvador Ramon Mateo and father of the founder of FRIME, Salvador Ramon Gràcia.
It all began in La Boqueria
Jesús was imprisoned in a concentration camp on the beaches of Argelès (France). On his return to Barcelona, in 1937, he opened a small fish stall in La Boqueria Market (Barcelona).
Life in the market
Salvador Ramon Gràcia helped his father to buy fish at night in the Borne market and, during the day, he delivered ice bars to the fishmongers' shops in Barcelona.
The outcome of his efforts
Esos años le permitieron a Salvador descubrir y aprender todo lo necesario sobre el producto, el mercado y su distribución como mayorista y productor.
FRIME’s first steps
In the late 70s, Salvador Ramon Gràcia founded FRIME S.A.U. and, more than 40 years later, the family tradition continues with the third generation Ramon linked to the sea.
History of FRIME:
we always look to the future
The start of FRIME
FRIME is founded by Salvador Ramon Gràcia, second generation of the Ramon family dedicated to fish
The first factory
The company opens its first factory, a cephalopod processing plant in Terrassa (Barcelona).
FRIME acquires Block 80 of the Central Fish Market in Barcelona and establishes the company’s activity as a wholesaler.
Success based on family tradition
Salvador Ramon Mateo, son of Salvador Ramon Gràcia and current Chairman of the company, joins his father’s company and works night shifts at Mercabarna, in search of a formula to expand the family business.
FRIME opens up to the world
The company starts exporting tuna to Japan and this leads the company to take a special interest in the tuna sector.
Based on these exports, FRIME develops its own technology and is inspired by the tuna defrosting and freezing techniques in Japan.
FRIME acquires a warehouse in Mercabarna to process and export tuna and cephalopods throughout Europe and the company begins to create an international distribution network until its products reach 31 countries on a daily basis.
The aim is to improve every day
FRIME implements its first R&D team to look for a solution to freeze its product and make it go further without losing the quality and freshness of fresh fish.
A strategic alliance
The first agreement is signed with the Pesca Azteca fleet.
FRIME stands out as leader
After several years of growth, FRIME moves to Arenys de Munt and opens two new plants. The new facilities, specialised in tuna, will accommodate new staff and will be able to meet the increase in demand.
Further expansion of FRIME’s facilities is necessary to maintain the company’s direction and growth. 41,000 square metres are acquired in La Roca to house the company’s largest plant and new R&D facilities.
First branch outside Catalonia
A new branch opens in Vigo.
The last movement
Opening of the new La Roca plant.
Where are we heading?
We are leading the way in sustainable fisheries to care for our oceans.
More than 40 years in the industry
We have been in the business for more than 40 years and are expanding.
European leaders in Yellowfin MSC
We are the leading company in marketing Yellowfin MSC in Europe and one of the most important in the world.
30 years of R&D
We offer a frozen product with an even higher quality than fresh ones.
We care for the ocean
We love the sea and only use the best raw materials in a sustainable way.