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Marine Harvest today announced it is changing its name to Mowi (pronounced Murveh) from January 1 and is launching a branded MOWI product range.

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Chief executive Alf-Helge Aarskog was due to explain the name change and strategy at a meeting in the Assembly Rooms in George Street, Edinburgh at 9am.

In a statement, Marine Harvest said Mowi is strongly rooted in the history of the company. “The company we know as Marine Harvest today was originally founded as Mowi by Norwegian aquaculture pioneers more than 50 years ago,” it said.

Alf-Helge Aarskog:
Alf-Helge Aarskog: "We are now taking the company to the next level."

Inspirational name

Aarskog said: “I am really excited that we are now taking the company to the next level. Through implementing our MOWI branding strategy, we can communicate our integrated value-chain from feed to the consumer's plate. We are looking forward to announcing our new MOWI product line in the coming months.”

The company will launch the MOWI brand into selected markets. The branded product line - yet to be announced - will provide customers added value in taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability, said Marine Harvest.

“Mowi is an inspirational name that recalls our pioneering spirit that has developed over the past 50 years,” said Aarskog. “Since the first salmon was farmed in 1964, we have grown into a global fully integrated company, including breeding, feed, farming, processing and sales. Throughout the past 50 years, we have always remained true to our core value - the care we have for our people, our fish, our customers and the environment.”

The proposed name change is subject to shareholders' approval, and the company has today summoned an Extraordinary General Assembly to resolve the name change with effect from 1 January 2019.

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