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About Us

Vintage photo of Port Royal factory
Vintage sign that says Port Clyde Sardines, New Process keeps me ocean fresh.

Our Story

In the 19th century, Port Clyde, Maine was a bustling village featuring granite quarries, timber mills, ship building and fish canning factories.
Seeing the future of this up and coming port town, Patriarch Samuel Zwecker opened the areas first sardine factory, which was known as “Port Clyde Packing Company”. Samuel was the proprietor of the “Port Clyde Packing Company”, which was one of the largest packers of canned sardines. At the height, the cannery employed over 200 people and was one of the largest employers in the area. On September 26, 1970, tragedy struck, and the factory was destroyed by a devastating fire.
Following the fire, the families focus shifted to importing retail and food service items including canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, canned seafood, and dry pasta. The company’s new name became “Port Royal Sales”. Still today, Port Royal Sales continues to be family owned and run continuing the legacy their grandfather started over 80 years ago.
Port Royal is a full-service importer and distributor of premium quality food products, sourced both domestically and throughout the world. Port Royal has a long-standing relationship with our packers. We regularly visit our packer’s facilities to assure we are getting consistent quality and supply that Port Royal is known for. This ensures that you our customers receive the highest standard of product and quality assurance at the most competitive price. Port Royal packs under the “Premium Brand” and “Golden Harvest Brand” labeled products.
Port Royal’s resilience has led us to become a leader in the food service business. Exceptional service leads to superior customer satisfaction, and at Port Royal, everything we do starts with you our loyal customers. Our premium quality products along with our competitive pricing and rigorous quality control standards drive value to our customer’s bottom line. Which is why our customers turn to us year after year.