In 1961, Ugashik Wild Salmon owner Roland Briggs' mother, Randy, sent her family jars of home canned salmon from Alaska as Christmas gifts. Her brother, Dr.Theron G. Randolph, an eminent allergist from Chicago, liked the salmon so much that he tested it on some of his extremely chemically sensitive patients. He found it to be the only canned seafood that they could tolerate. This was just what he had been looking for -- a source of chemically uncontaminated seafood for his chemically sensitive patients.
Randy was surprised to receive a letter from him telling the family that he had arranged to show their natural Alaska salmon at the Natural Food and Farming National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The response at the convention was so overwhelming that Roland's parents decided to set up a small hand pack salmon processing plant in order to make this salmon available to persons desiring fine quality seafood free of chemical contaminants.
Roland's mom and dad, Randy and Roger retired from Briggs Way Company operation in 1993. Roland took over the processing operation at that time and renamed the company Ugashik Wild Salmon Co. We continue to provide fine quality thermally processed salmon in glass. Many long time Alaskan salmon fishermen consider Ugashik Wild Salmon to be THE finest commercially processed salmon available.
As the second generation of Briggs' grow the company, they have added wholesale fresh, frozen and other seafood products.