History of Sterling in California
Norwegian entrepreneur and founder of Sterling Caviar Jacob Stolt-Nielsen (1931-2015) came from a long line of fishermen. As a young man, Jacob came to the realization that mankind’s irresponsible harvesting of the ocean would create a negative, irreversible impact if continued. And so, spawning from his family history in fishing, Jacob naturally gravitated toward aquaculture. In 1973, he opened his first fish farm off the coast of Norway – Stolt Sea Farm – where he began farming salmon. As the years passed, Stolt Sea Farm’s operations grew to include the farming of sole and turbot, expanding into many other countries. In 1988, Stolt Sea Farm opened Stolt Sea Farm California LLC – a facility in Northern California to farm-raise white sturgeon. This farm was the first to raise the world-famous sturgeon, the fish from which the delicacy caviar comes. In 2006, Stolt Sea Farm California, LLC changed their name to Sterling Caviar, LLC. Today, Sterling Caviar is the leader in sustainable sturgeon farming and sturgeon caviar production, its innovative land-based farms consistently recognized for their sustainable farming practices and the long-term protection of the sturgeon species.
Sterling Caviar’s history as an institution in the caviar world is referenced in books such as “Caviar: a Global History” by Nichola Fletcher, “The Philosopher Fish” by Richard Adams Carey and “Caviar, The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy” by Inga Saffron.”
Today, Sterling Caviar is the leading producer of domestic caviar, serving the most discerning chefs, customers, and caviar connoisseurs both here in the U.S. and abroad.
Looking to the future, as consumer demand for sustainably-farmed and locally-produced food products increases, Sterling anticipates continued growth in production and sales. One thing is for certain: The sky is the limit for this family-owned company located in California’s farm-to-fork capital.