Our story began when Frank and Carol Karwoski started Franco with the dream of combining the beauty of Pacific Northwest salmon with proprietary production techniques honed over many years. They started with the simple idea that quality ingredients need very little to shine.
Frank and Carol also believed that relationships were the backbone of their work. Frank spent most of the first years sourcing salmon roe throughout Washington and Oregon with a focus on building lasting relationships with other family-run fisheries. These relationships allowed him to find salmon roe with flavors that could stand on their own. Frank and Carol then worked with a team of processors to develop a proprietary recipe that let others taste the simple beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Today, Franco is run by Cyndi Chaney, Frank and Carol’s daughter, and Doug Chaney, her husband. Cyndi and Doug take pride in upholding Frank and Carol’s legacy. Franco continues to purchase roe from many of the same fisheries they worked with in the early years, and takes pride in using the same production methods Frank and Carol started with in 1979.
Cyndi and Doug have expanded Franco’s offerings to include multiple species of wild salmon roe from prized wild Kings to the uniquely full flavored Chum sought after by many chefs. Franco also produces Trout and wild Steelhead Trout roe locally sourced from the Pacific Northwest.
We look forward to sharing our traditions and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with you.