In 1972, an Australian, Thai, and Hong Kong partnership took a leap of faith to build Thailandís first tuna cannery named SAFCOL (THAILAND), LTD., for export. The companyís name was changed to Kingfisher Holdings, Ltd. in 1989 and Maruha Corporation of Japan, one of the biggest seafood enterprises in the world, joined Kingfisher as a shareholder in 1990.This partnership has markedly improved Kingfisher access to the Japanese markets and raw material sources around the world.

     Over the years, Kingfisher has kept the basic frozen seafood business and set up subsidiaries to focus on canning, can making and fish protein (Southeast Asian Packaging and Canning Ltd., SEAPAC); value added marine products (KF Foods Ltd.); cold storage business (OCCL); domestic sales in Thailand (Kingfisher 108 Ltd.).