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History of Sterling in California

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen
Norwegian entrepreneur and founder of Sterling Caviar Jacob Stolt-Nielsen (1931-2015) came from a long line of fishermen. As a young man, Jacob came to the realization that mankind’s irresponsible harvesting of the ocean would create a negative, irreversible impact if continued. And so, spawning from his family history in fishing, Jacob naturally gravitated toward aquaculture. In 1973, he opened his first fish farm off the coast of Norway – Stolt Sea Farm – where he began farming salmon. As the years passed, Stolt Sea Farm’s operations grew to include the farming of sole and turbot, expanding into many other countries. In 1988, Stolt Sea Farm opened Stolt Sea Farm California LLC – a facility in Northern California to farm-raise white sturgeon. This farm was the first to raise the world-famous sturgeon, the fish from which the delicacy caviar comes. In 2006, Stolt Sea Farm California, LLC changed its name to Sterling Caviar, LLC. Today, Sterling Caviar is the leader in sustainable sturgeon farming and sturgeon caviar production, its innovative land-based farms consistently recognized for their sustainable farming practices and the long-term protection of the sturgeon species.

Sterling Caviar’s history as an institution in the caviar world is referenced in books such as “Caviar: a Global History” by Nichola Fletcher, “The Philosopher Fish” by Richard Adams Carey and “Caviar, The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy” by Inga Saffron.”

Today, Sterling Caviar is the leading producer of domestic caviar, serving the most discerning chefs, customers, and caviar connoisseurs both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Looking to the future, as consumer demand for sustainably-farmed and locally-produced food products increases, Sterling anticipates continued growth in production and sales. One thing is for certain: The sky is the limit for this family-owned company located in California’s farm-to-fork capital.

The process for raising our world-famous white sturgeon at our aqua farms, utilizing sustainable farming practices, is refined with tank reconfigurations and the fish begin producing caviar. Stolt/Sterling becomes the first in the world to have produced commercial quantities of caviar from tank-raised sturgeon.
Mission is to produce the finest sustainable California farmed white sturgeon and caviar roe in an environmentally responsible manner that respects the species, the environment, our communities, staff, and customers. We want our chefs to have a product that supports the current culture of transparency that consumers demand, and would be delighted to support you as a partner. We contribute to research to grow the wild population of California’s sturgeon. They are one of only two populations globally, listed as of least concern.

Transparency in labeling is a top priority for us. Year-round supply keeps menus and retail consistent. The conversation on sustainability in food continues to grow, so this sturgeon is a perfect offering for those concerned. As supply on comparable fish is uncertain sturgeon is a valued offering as it can be used in a variety of recipes and plating methods.

Sterling has a very strong reputation and support in the culinary community. We seek to offer education, marketing, and quality product.