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Maine trade delegation sets sights on China’s vast middle class

There are several reasons for that explosive growth, said Lyle Brown, who handles business development in Asian markets for Maine Coast Seafood in York. One, Maine lobsters are less expensive than spiny Australian lobsters, which is a popular dish at Chinese New Year events and weddings because they resemble dragons, a revered mythical creature in China. The average cost per pound of Australian lobster in China is $28, compared with $8 per pound for Maine lobster, Brown said.


Exports boost lobster: Demand from Asia boosting sales at York shellfish dealer

Maine Coast’s sales have grown from zero to $40 million in four years, earning Adams the accolade as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Small Business Exporter of the Year for Maine.


York business named SBA’s Exporter of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Thomas Adams, owner of Maine Coast Shellfish, LLC of York, was selected to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Small Business Exporter of the Year Award for Maine.


China’s appetite for N.E. lobster boosts industry

China has imported some $40 million of the hard red shells, mostly from Maine and Massachusetts, and Adams’s company, Maine Coast Lobster, is booming since he decided to specialize in exporting Maine’s signature seafood.