Palomino Foods – Customer of the Quarter

April 12, 2024

Customer since November 2001

Congratulations to Palomino Foods on being named the Q1 Customer of the Quarter!

Palomino Foods was established in 2001 by Michelle Cunningham and Mel Donaldson. The company has become a major producer of salmon from the waters of Puget Sound, highlighted by their close relationship with the Native American fishing fleet. In addition to specializing in the distribution of fresh and frozen seafood, both domestic and international, their reputation for producing top-quality salmon caviar is second to none. Palomino Foods offers unmatched service to customers seeking the world’s finest food products. 

Mel’s career in the seafood industry began 48 years ago as a seafood inspector aboard a Japanese trawler, fishing in Prince William Sound for Pacific Ocean perch.  

After four years working with USDC, Mel founded Windjammer Seafoods with Bob Boroughs and San Juan Seafoods. The company was later purchased by Trident Seafoods, and that is when Michelle joined the team.  

Customer of the Quarter - Palomino Foods Vessel "Glacier Girl"
Palomino Foods Vessel – Glacier Girl

Continuing Mel’s drive as an entrepreneur, he started Elliott Bay Seafoods, partnering with Pac Maru. Elliott Bay Seafoods eventually merged with Orca Bay Seafoods and that is when Michelle and Mel established Palomino Foods LLC, at the start of their ‘golden years’. 

Palomino Seafoods started doing business with BCS in November of 2001. Since then, we have enjoyed a great partnership based on mutual trust and appreciation. 

Mel and Michelle visit BCS frequently to inspect shipments out of BCS, making sure that every case meets their high-quality standards. Our operations and traffic team truly enjoy working with Mel and Michelle and appreciate their help to make the loading of their product a smooth and efficient operation. 

Caviar from Customer of the Quarter - Palomino Foods
Caviar from Customer of the Quarter – Palomino Foods

We are proud of our partnership with Palomino Foods. We are looking forward to supporting Mel and Michelle for many years to come.

View previous customer of the quarter recipients here.