Our History

Surimi-based products like kamaboko or fish cake have been staples of the Japanese diet for many centuries. Starting in the mid-1980s surimi became a popular part of the American food industry with the development of a new type of crab analogue product that resembles the taste and texture of shellfish. This product is known in Japanese as kanikama, short for kani-kamaboko, or crab kamaboko.

Shining Ocean was founded in 1985 in Seattle, WA. as one of the early pioneers of the American surimi seafood industry. We created the Kanimi brand (which means the taste of crab in Japanese) and quickly helped to usher in two decades of explosive growth in the food industry. Thanks to the strong support of our customers, we ultimately outgrew the original Seattle facility. In 2003 we moved into our new, state of the art production facility in Sumner, WA under the shadow of Mt. Rainier.