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Marky’s President and COO Christopher Hlubb on Expert Panel to Discuss Seafood Safety and Compliance

Visit Marky’s at Booth #2318 To Learn More

MIAMI (Feb. 25, 2014) – Miami-based Marky’s Group, one of the leading importers and producers of caviar in the United States, announced today that company president and COO, Christopher Hlubb, will be a featured panelist at the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America conference in Boston March 16-18.

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Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America (formerly known as the International Boston Seafood Show) is the largest seafood trade event in North America. The event attracts over 19,000 buyers and suppliers of fresh, frozen, packaged and value-added seafood products, equipment, and services. Attendees travel from more than 100 countries to do business at the exposition.

Hlubb will join a group of experts to discuss Seafood Safety and Compliance with NOAA Fisheries, FDA, and U.S. Customs on March 17 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Hlubb will discuss Marky’s compliance program, highly regarded as the gold standard in the industry.

“We work hard not only to meet – but exceed – government requirements,” said Hlubb. “There have been a lot of concerns circling the caviar industry with regards to product identification so the role of Marky’s and our farm, Sturgeon AquaFarms, is to provide scientific support to the government to identify genuine species of sturgeon and caviar.”

To this end, Marky’s has adapted the international trade standard as a way to ensure proper labeling and consumer transparency. And at Sturgeon AquaFarms, the only aqua farm in North America to raise beluga, sterlet and sevruga sturgeon, they are committed to the conservation and preservation of sturgeon species.

Seafood Safety and Compliance with NOAA Fisheries, FDA, and U.S. Customs will be moderated by Peter Quinter, Chair of the Customs and International Trade Law Group at the law firm of Gray Robinson. Other panelists include:

Timothy Hansen, Director, Seafood Inspection Program, NOAA Fisheries, Silver Spring, Maryland

Domenic Veneziano, Director, Division of Import Operations, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Maryland

William Scopa, Director, Interagency Collaboration Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Washington, D.C.

Christopher Hlubb, President and COO, Marky’s Group, Inc., Miami, Florida

Benjamin England, CEO, FDA Imports.com LLC, Glen Burnie, Maryland

For more information, visit Marky’s at Booth #2318.

CHRISTOPHER HLUBB PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT and COO OF MARKY’S GROUP, INC.

MIAMI (June 6, 2013) – Marky’s Group, Inc. has announced that Christopher Hlubb has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the Miami-based gourmet food conglomerate. Christopher_Hlubb_headshot_reduced

A once aspiring neurosurgeon and prior genetic researcher at John Hopkins Hospital, Hlubb is now focused on changing the gourmet food industry. He left the laboratory in 2001 with his first foray into the private sector working in biomedicine. He then decided to pursue a more entrepreneurial role in the wine industry working with Chilean mega-cooperatives on the production of wines and other gourmet food products. After many years with some of the biggest names in retail, Hlubb accepted a position with Marky’s Caviar in Miami as Director of Corporate sales in 2010.

Hlubb has since revamped the entire infrastructure of the company. Last year he launched Marky’s Panama, after acquiring a local gourmet food distributor, and Marky’s Europe. In January 2013, Marky’s Group, Inc. was created as the parent company of Marky’s import and distribution business, Marky’s Gourmet Retail Store (formerly Marky’s Showroom in Miami), Caviar & More kiosks, Sturgeon Aquafarms, Marky’s Panama and the newly created subsidiaries in Europe.

“We made a strategic decision to expand our family business to that of a larger corporation,” said Marky’s Co-Founder Mark Zaslavsky.  “We are thrilled to have someone like Chris, with his business acumen and high level of expertise and experience in the gourmet food and wine categories, on our executive team.”

Hlubb’s busy schedule is focused on brand and product development, as well as the management of Marky’s Group’s rapidly expanding portfolio of subsidiaries in manufacturing, distribution and retail, both in the U.S. and abroad. He manages a team of more than 100, and at just 38, he is quickly emerging as a leader in the gourmet food industry.

Tapping into his experience in the wine industry, Hlubb created a program that mirrors the prestige of the internationally acclaimed Master Sommelier program for the caviar industry. To date, with the company’s caviar product manager, Marky’s has trained some 700 people from retailers and restaurants like Whole Foods, Specs, The Setai, Azamara Club Cruises, Costco and Acqualina.

“This is an exciting time to be working in the gourmet food industry,” said Hlubb. “Our goal is to change the face and structure of the gourmet industry by implementing local manufacturing of a larger portfolio of previously imported products while continuing to source the highest quality products worldwide.”

Among his favorite projects is Sturgeon AquaFarms, one of the subsidiaries of Marky’s Group, Inc. Sturgeon AquaFarms is the only aquafarm in the U.S. licensed to raise beluga sturgeon. The company successfully imported the beluga from Europe in 2003, just two years before the international ban took effect. And next year, in 2014, the company expects to be harvesting beluga caviar and re-introducing it to the American market. Other high-priority projects include the expansion of Caviar & More kiosks and Marky’s Gourmet Retail Stores worldwide with the first new sites to open in Panama in 2013 and New York soon after.

About Marky’s Group, Inc:

Marky’s Group, Inc., founded in 1983, is the privately held parent company of all Marky’s branded distribution businesses, Sturgeon Aquafarms, Caviar & More and Marky’s Gourmet Retail Store. With locations in Miami, Panama and Europe, Marky’s manufactures, imports, exports, distributes and retails more than 8,000 gourmet foods and caviar worldwide to restaurants, hotels, retailers and consumers.