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Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:09 PM

Starkist isn't going anywhere, says company president and CEO

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Co., president and chief executive officer, Andrew Choe has “reaffirmed” the company’s commitment to remain in American Samoa, despite the same continued challenges it faces in a very competitive global industry, as labor cost is much lower at other tuna producing countries.

Choe, who arrived on island Monday night for a week-visit, reiterated the company’s commitment during a meeting yesterday morning with ASG officials, led by Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is also acting governor.

StarKist confirmed in a brief statement on Monday that Choe — traveling with senior leadership from StarKist’s corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — was to be on island this week and will spend time with the StarKist Samoa leadership team and participate in the 2019 Flag Day celebration.

Choe was quoted in the statement saying it’s always an honor to be in American Samoa, especially for this year’s Flag Day festivities. “I am looking forward to a productive time with our StarKist Samoa leadership team and employees and appreciate the opportunity to show our gratitude to local leaders, both in government and business, for their ongoing support."

Read more: http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/starkist-isnt-going-anywhere-says-company-president-and-ceo

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