Our History


Our History

  • 1918

    The history of Esca srl starts with the founder Cav. Luigi Patrizi on 5th August 1918. At a very young age, he started to work in the fish market in San Benedetto del Tronto in order to earn 5 lire a day.

  • 1946

    In 1946 he started the commercial activity in the seafood market, providing hotels, restaurants and also markets in Rome and Milan.

  • 1956

    In 1956, Patrizi Luigi developed the manual system to curl octopuses by introducing a rotating concrete mixer which is still used all over the world.

  • 1960

    In 1960 the first law-temperature refrigerating room was built in order to extend the raw material’s shelf life.

  • 1967

    Patrizi Luigi was appointed “Cavaliere del Lavoro” of the Italian Republic.

  • 1968

    Patrizi Luigi gave the entire commercial activity away and laid the foundations of a fishing industry named Esca s.a.s.

  • 1968

    Cav. Luigi Patrizi

    Fish processing originates from Atlantic and Adriatic fishing. In order to shell clams an highly automatic system was used.

  • 1968

    Family pack and vacuum-sealed package containing frozen seafood were sold in few supermarkets of those times.

    The main aim was to get the product known and to communicate that all nutritional qualitites were preserved exclusively by freezing products. Such type of conservation was little known and rarely used by food industries.

  • 1971

    In 1971 Esca was relocated and a new machine was built in order to preserve frozen products in vacuum-sealed packages.

  • 1980

    Between 1980 and 1983 the production was moved to a 18000mq land in Abruzzo, alongside the Tronto river where there is still the headquarters of Esca srl.

  • 1986

    Refrigerating rooms were finished, the use of production techniques and processing of the raw material were automated.

  • 1990

    ESCA revolutionized the packaging system of frozen seafood by using a new technology known as “skin effect”: products are packaged in see-through packaging so you are able to see with your own eyes what you’ll be eating.

  • 1992

    Esca started to sell products to the great organized distribution thanks to its captivating and original packaging with a shell-shaped hole, showing the content inside.

  • 1996

    The production line included a wide range of products: Pre-fried pastel, frozen, fish soups, tagliatelle with salmon, seafood risotto, spaghetti with seafood.

  • 1996

    The company obtained the quality certification ISO 9002. Also, 25.000 cubic metres of refrigerating rooms were built.

  • 2001

    A new product line, “iCondipresto”, was created: Pronto scoglio, Cozze alla marinara and Vongolata. These are all frozen sauces to be heated and ready to pan-fry with pasta or risotto, at customer’s choice.

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