Sagaya moves into wholesale market

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Grocer Sagaya Corp. is moving into the wholesale market statewide, and perhaps the Lower 48.

The company last fall opened new seafood processing, distribution and baking facilities in a Ship Creek warehouse in Anchorage.

General manager Dale Tran said the wholesale side of the business now is about 20 percent of the total business.

Sagaya executives negotiated the lease for the new space in mid-2001, planned intensively, then started construction in December 2001.

In an enclosed part of the building, fish processors slice into halibut in their enclosed part of the building; in the next, a baker makes milk chocolate macadamia nut cheesecake. Hidden from sight, chocolate-drizzled macaroons stay chilled in one freezer; a box of frog legs wait in another.

Asian account representative Wan Sook Lim said she sells to customers from Dutch Harbor to Barrow. Her plan is to entice them to buy to-go containers and other non-food products as well as rice, sauces, spices and seafood. She plans to add American foods, too, like pizza dough.

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