FUZHOU, China, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME), ("Pingtan," or the "Company") an integrated marine services company in the People's Republic of China (PRC), today announced that the Company has entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement (the "Agreement") with China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd. for the two companies to work together as part of Pingtan's intention to develop into a seller of fish products directly to end markets. As part of this Agreement, the two companies will jointly construct a fish processing plant and Pingtan's fishing products will then be sold to China Co-op's numerous supermarket locations across China.
The Company's Board of Directors recently approved a resolution pursuant to which Pingtan will begin negotiating with the Fujian Provincial People's Government of the People's Republic of China for Pingtan to acquire the operating rights for a parcel of land in which it intends to construct this fish processing plant.
Pingtan's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, stated, "We are very pleased to become a strategic partner of China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd., one of China's premier food companies. We feel that this cooperation is a positive reflection on Pingtan's credibility and leading position within the fishing industry. We believe this partnership with China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd. will accelerate our progress to becoming a vertically integrated seafood provider and also enhances our market competitiveness as our products would reach to both inland and remote areas through their massive sales network."
China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd. is one of China Co-op Group's wholly-funded companies. China Co-op Group is China's largest federal-level food industry integrated enterprise group engaged in food trading. China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd. operates more than 300,000 stores within its supermarket chain across China, with a current asset size of 190 billion RMB and annual revenue of more than 130 billion RMB.
For more information regarding China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd, please visit http://www.ccoopi.com.
Pingtan is a marine enterprises group, engaging in ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing. Pingtan Fishing primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia. Pingtan Fishing is a growing fishing company and provider of high quality seafood in the PRC.
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