Citra Mina History and Profile
The Citra Mina Group of Companies (CMGC), houses three stable and progressive tuna producing company.
MGTRI began as Mommy Gina Tuna Resources (MGTR) with its fishing operations in 1988 under sole proprietorship of Joaquin “Jake” T. Lu, the founder of the CMGC. MGTR entered the fresh and frozen tuna sectors of the industry within five years and began exporting to the United States, Japan, and Canada. To benefit from the growing market for tuna products, Citra Mina Seafood Corporation was organized in 2001 to establish presence in the domestic retail market for tuna and to launch value-added tuna products. It also engaged in the production and export of frozen tuna and other fishery products. With continued business growth, Mr. Joaquin T. Lu’s children joined the company and MGTR became incorporated in 2006.
In 2008, Tuna Explorers (TEI), Incorporated was established to consolidate fishing operations and improve refrigeration techniques of its fishing vessels in order to better preserve the freshness of landed high-value tuna.
In 2009, Philfresh Corporation, the newest addition to the group, started producing shelf – stable “ready – to – eat” products and less-drip, oxygen-treated tuna products that are quick frozen and stored at -60°C. Today, Philfresh continues to develop new food products in addition to tuna and other fishery products.
CMGC’s member companies maintains adequate quality systems from ship building, fishing with its 100-vessel fishing fleet, production of fishery and other food products with an estimated combined capacity of up to 60 tons daily, cold storage facilities, to selling and marketing of foods both locally and internationally.
CMGC’s unwavering commitment to business growth and its vision of becoming a major player in the tuna industry globally has driven it to establish, implement, review and continually improve management systems ensuring quality, safe and legal food products that conform to international standards, comply with statutory requirements, and satisfy customer requirements.