Creation Gardens has acquired Bluefin Seafoods. | Courtesy of Creation Gardens

Two local businesses are now one.

Creation Gardens announced on Thursday that it had acquired Bluefin Seafoods. The purchase price was not disclosed.

For 26 years, Bluefin Seafoods has sold chefs and restaurants high-quality seafood, everything from fresh to frozen to smoked, even live shellfish. It currently sells to people and places in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

In many cases, Bluefin Seafoods employees were delivering different products to the same restaurants, said Ian Navarro, marketing manager for Creation Gardens, so the acquisition makes sense.

Volare Italian Ristorante chef Josh Moore, above, with a fish from Bluefin Seafoods. | Courtesy of Bluefin Seafood

“This acquisition now completes our quest to offer all of the challenging product lines in food service, where focused teams of experts can concentrate on producing a superior product,” Ron Turnier, president of Creation Gardens, said in a news release.

“We choose to offer our chefs daily delivery, industry leading cut off times, broken cases, 6,500 stock items, state-of-the-art technology and unmatched service in lieu of a traditional sales force,” he continued. “Our chefs will now be able to access almost everything they need to operate their culinary program.”

Turnier also noted in the release that Bluefin Seafoods owner, Ken Berry, had been a mentor to him for almost 18 years.

Berry and the rest of the Bluefin Seafoods team will join Creation Gardens. Bluefin Seafoods will simply become a division within Creation Gardens, with Berry overseeing that division’s operations, Navarro told Insider.

He added that in his four and a half years with the company, Creation Gardens had acquired several other food distribution companies, which allowed it to expand into Indianapolis, as well as Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.

Creation Gardens bought Joe Lasita and Sons Produce of Cincinnati and Coe Catanzaro & Sons Produce of Springfield, Ohio, earlier this year. It also purchased Mattingly Foods of Louisville in 2014.

With all of the acquisitions, Creation Gardens has 460 employees, a fleet of more than 120 trucks and four distribution facilities reaching 2,800-plus restaurants, hotels, country clubs and other food service operators in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]