Cole’s founder Chris Zabriskie has always had a passion for the freshest, best tasting fish seasoned to perfection. When his search left him unable to find it he decided to create it himself.
He began to work with a family owned trout farm to offer a first of its kind product: a fingerling trout in a tin which Chris named “troutines”. The first run of troutines in various flavors were processed in Maine and sent to retailers for their feedback. The troutines were a hit! Whole Foods Market ordered 25 cases of each.
As the increasing demand for troutines grew, Cole’s identified a processing partner in Portugal to produce the trout as a smoked fillet portion. This was the genesis of the Cole’s smoked trout-the company’s first item to be sold in the market...and the rest, as they say is “fishtory”....
Today, Cole’s continues to grow and expand both its reach and product offerings. In 2019 Cole’s formed an alliance with Geomar, a Chilean seafood company whose principles and values align with us. From the pristine waters of Patagonia, Geomar sources fish and shellfish from local fishermen and farmers who adhere to sustainable practices. Geomar processes and packs under the Cole’s brand for sale across the U.S.
By partnering with Geomar, Cole’s is positioned to expand its distribution in North America and beyond with additional products which conform to the brand’s core principles of freshness, flavor and environmental stewardship.
Want to learn more about the people who make Cole’s great?
Find out some unique facts about our amazing team members below.
CEO / Founder
How do you drink your coffee?
French press with a bit of half and half or a skim latte.
Where is the most interesting place you have been?
The Ararat Valley in Armenia and The Congo.
What was your first pet & what was their name?
A dog and her name was Blondie.
Where were you born?
The Big Apple
Director of Operations
What's the next thing on your bucket list?
To travel cross country by train
What is your favorite season?
Fall! Yes, pumpkin and apple EVERYTHING! :)
Where do you usually go when you have time off?
What is your favorite quote?
“Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out” - Ian Wallace
If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
Go horseback riding.
Director of Sales
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Salesman / Psychiatrist
What is your favorite book?
Not a book person, but I read the Wall Street Journal every day
What is the strangest thing you've ever eaten?
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
What do you wish you knew more about?
Weather and tides
1. What is a nickname people call you by?
2. What is something you have been meaning to try, but haven't gotten around to?
3. Where would we most likely find you on your ideal day?
Early morning at the beach with my coffee, feet in the sand and some light reading… Then spending the rest of the day with my family.
4. If you could build a house anywhere in the world, where would you build it?
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
5. What is your favorite food?
Homemade Hummus and warm pita bread…. And for dessert tiramisu :)