Graziamare is a family owned company. Mustafa Ozpirinc is the founder of the company. He started his business career by selling his father’s farm products to near towns when he was eight. He grew up as a salesman.
After his father’s death in 1885, young Mustafa moved to a beautiful seaside village called Dalia in south part of Turkey by the Rhodes Island in Greece. He started to grow cotton and meanwhile he wanted to put a good use of the Aegean and Mediterranean rich sea products where Dalia village is located.
He was always interested in specifically Grey Mullet Fish. He was amazed the intelligence, quick adaptation and the taste of the fish. First he started as a hobby; catching and eating the fish. Then started to process the eggs and made Bottarga in a small cottage.
In 1905, he established a fish company and professionally involved Grey Mullet Fish and production of Grey Mullet Bottarga. He kept Grey Mullet grow and reproduce in their natural habitat and put cages around 300 acre sea land he owned.
Four years ago, fourth generation became in charge of the business. Company continued to grow and expanded in and around of the Dalia village with over 400 employees and fishermen. Most of the employees and fishermen are very skilled and professional long term employees in the company. Most of their parents were also working in the same company.
Mustafa Ozpirinc knew that; this business is a skilled employee business. Each process of gathering the fish, preparing as Bottarga, Beeswax Bottarga, Bottarga Powder must be made by the hands of the skilled employees. He invested on employees over years and educated, sent on education as well.
Over the years of hard work; today; Graziamare have a state of the art facilities, dedicated, skilled employees and delicious products. We export Europe, Middle East, United States, some African & Asian countries and Japan.