San Diego's seafood scene is getting a fresh wave of something beefy, as Catalina Offshore Products Inc., a titan in the local seafood distribution industry for more than four decades, has now been sold to Beish Holdings Inc., with plans to expand its reach into the world of beef and more.
Founded by sea urchin diving legend Dave Rudie over 40 years ago, Catalina Offshore Products has long been a trusted name in San Diego's seafood industry, catering to sushi bars, restaurants, and online customers.
Beish's stakeholders, Kathy and Dave Strangman of San Diego Seafood, teamed up with Sonora, Mexico, cattle rancher Jose Chacon. This trident of seafood and beef expertise looks poised to carry on Rudie's legacy, with a particular eye on diversifying the company’s offerings. "We're excited to join forces, build upon what has made Catalina the incredible company it is today, and carry Dave's legacy well into the future," Brittany Strangman, rising to manage the operation alongside her brother Tanner shared with Catalina Offshore Products.
San Diego insiders are already salivating over the plans for a Catalina-owned food truck and a beefed-up menu, including cuts from Chacon’s ranch. Moreover, the company plans to gain an edge with an off-premise beer, wine, and liquor license and a tasting license coined to transform the buying experience as detailed on Eater San Diego. As a staple in the community, Catalina's upgrades and expansion resonate with the longstanding commitment to quality and innovation that customers have come to expect.
While Rudie steps back from the day-to-day operations, his passion for the ocean remains. "I'm retiring from my day-to-day business, not from the industry," said Rudie in a statement via Catalina Offshore Products report. He looks forward to more sea urchin dives and his ongoing contributions to marine research and seafood policy as outlined by Eater San Diego, an authority on the San Diego food scene.