Oceans 97, a National Minority Supply Diversity Chain Company, began in 2015, the vision of its owner and president, former New England Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green, who entered the shrimp business after his retirement from the NFL.
The company's first entrée into the shrimp industry was as a wholesale distributor of shrimp in partnership with companies like Dole & Bailey – founded in 1850 – currently the oldest butcher in North America. Through the relationship with Dole & Bailey, Oceans 97 shrimp is distributed to major financial institutions throughout New England and other products remain available in multiple grocery retail locations around the country. In just two years, Oceans 97 experienced rapid growth and in July 2017 launches a line of its own value-added shrimp products, which debut on QVC via both their television programming and www.QVC.com.
This new, gourmet line features easy-to-cook meals of shrimp packaged in bags, with four flavors of sauce to choose from: New Orleans Style BBQ, Cajun Curry, Chimichurri, and Garlic Butter. The shrimp is domestic, wild caught, Gulf of Mexico shrimp, caught by US Gulf Coast fisherman and processed in Louisiana. The product ships in dry ice directly to the customer and arrives ready for cooking a delicious and satisfying family meal or when entertaining.
In June 2017, the company was solicited by Walmart to present its products for consideration as a future vendor.
Over the years, Oceans 97 has been included in numerous cooking demonstrations at various locations, among them many retail locations, as well as at Boston Children's Hospital and North Shore Medical Center Union Hospital (Lynn, MA). It has also been featured at approximately 50 food and beverage shows, including the New England Food Show, Newport (RI) Wine and Food Festival, Nantucket Wine & Food Festival, Taste of Napa, Associated Wholesale Grocers Food Show, the H-E-B Wine Walk. Oceans 97 was also featured when Green participated in Season Two of FOX's wildly popular Master Chef television series.
With Green at the helm, Oceans 97 has become a leader in educating people about the benefits of supporting the local economy, U.S. fishermen, and ways of eating cleaner.
Oceans 97 products reflect Green's commitment to locally sourced, natural and healthy eating. The new value-added line features freshly grown produce as well as no dyes, fillers or artificial flavors.