Northern Wind hires 35-year industry veteran as VP of new product development

Author: Madelyn Kearns New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier and processor Northern Wind has hired industry veteran Kenneth Loud as its vice president of new product development, the company announced 15 May. Loud, who has over 35 years of experience in the seafood industry, comes to the role most recently from Kendell Seafood – a provider of Chilean sea bass from Patagonia – where he had been working for the past four years. With Northern Wind, Loud will be “involved on both the procurement and sales side” of the company’s new product expansion lines, which are comprised of vessel direct [...]

2018-05-20T13:11:26+00:00 May 20th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Bumble Bee CEO Indicted in California for Tuna Price Fixing

Author: NewsMax (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) The president and chief executive of Bumble Bee Foods LLC has been indicted by a federal grand jury in California on charges he conspired to fix prices for packaged seafood sold in the United States, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Christopher Lischewski, the fourth person to be charged in a federal price-fixing probe, was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, the department said in a statement. Attorney John Keker said Lischewski was innocent. "When the facts are known and the truth emerges, Mr. Lischewski [...]

2018-05-17T18:18:52+00:00 May 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Top 6 Mother’s Day restaurant promotions

Author: Christine Blank     Besides Good Friday during the Lenten season, many restaurants count Mother’s Day as their biggest sales day of the year. And this year, even more Americans will seek out restaurants – including those serving succulent seafood dishes – for the holiday. Around 87 million adults will go out to a restaurant for a special Mother's Day meal this year, according to new National Restaurant Association data. In addition, Mother’s Day spending is expected to total a near-record USD 23.1 billion (EUR 19.4 billion) this year, said an annual survey from the National Retail Federation and [...]

2018-05-13T05:56:30+00:00 May 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

US, Canada grocery chains expand seafood delivery services

Author: Christine Blank Supermarkets in the United States and Canada are increasing their grocery delivery options, in an effort to better compete with Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. Loblaw, the largest food retailer in Canada, is one such retailer set to broaden its grocery pick-up and delivery offerings. While home delivery services are available in 11 markets currently, Loblaw will expand the service to Montreal, Quebec; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Regina, Saskatchewan; and two additional markets this year, The Globe and Mail reported. Loblaw will also expand its click-and-collect program – which allows customers to order groceries online and pick them [...]

2018-05-06T20:53:22+00:00 May 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Seamark Launches King Prawn Ready-to-Cook Range

Seamark's King Prawn Pak Choi. Seamark has launched its first foray into ready-to-cook, featuring the group’s signature product – prawns. On Tuesday, April 24 at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussel the Manchester, UK, headquartered global seafood supplier unveiled its ‘complete cuisine’ range of King Prawn Stir Fry, King Prawn Pak Choi and King Prawn Quinoa. It’s a trio of freshly frozen, easy to prepare, well-balanced prawn and vegetable-led dishes in tune with contemporary healthy lifestyles. King Prawn Quinoa and King Prawn Stir Fry. King Prawn is the universal nickname for Seamark’s founder and CEO Iqbal Ahmed OBE. In 40 years, [...]

2018-04-29T06:20:10+00:00 April 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Limited edition royal wedding smoked salmon enters retail channels

Author: Jason Holland   John Ross Jr., a U.K. fish merchant and curer by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, is marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by launching a celebration smoked salmon. The Original Rum Cured Smoked Salmon, presented in a bridal white pack, draws on a 160-year old recipe using rum and sugar cane. It is available in 90 Waitrose stores across the southeast of England, independent retail stores in the United Kingdom, retailers across Europe and online at the producer’s website from 23 April until the end of May, or until stocks last, priced [...]

2018-04-22T15:53:04+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|News|0 Comments

Chinese Tilapia Producer goes Organic with Eye-Catching New Range

Author: Mark Godfrey   One of China’s leading tilapia producers has raised the stakes in the domestic market with an eye-catching organic pre-cooked range targeting young urbanites. The Fei Fei fish steak range was launched by Hainan Xiangtai Fishery Co., a leading tilapia producer in Hainan Province, which has teamed up with a processor in Fujian Province to launch the product line. Sold in 128-gram sachets at CNY 38 (USD 6.00, EUR 4.80) per unit, and flavored with Heinz tomato sauce and sweet corn (maize), the product is promoted as a healthy microwavable convenience offering suitable for the gym, home, [...]

2018-04-15T17:50:49+00:00 April 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Seafood showing up in more meal kits, including new Weight Watchers offerings

Author: Christine Blank The meal kits that Weight Watchers and Blue Apron plan to launch in supermarkets this year are both expected to include seafood, providing a potentially significant new market for seafood suppliers. The addition of meal kits at most major grocery chains in the United States over the past year is the latest in the evolution of meal kits, which broke through in 2017 from a trend into the mainstream. Meal-kit companies such as Blue Apron and Plated accounted for an estimated USD 5 billion (EUR 4.1 billion) in sales in 2017, according to Packaged Facts. Hungry to [...]

2018-04-08T17:02:35+00:00 April 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Alaska salmon featured in new taco dish at Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Author: Christine Blank   Alaska coho salmon will be featured in a popular dish coming back to Rubio’s Coastal Grill this spring – Chimichurri Tacos. The Carlsbad, California, U.S.A.-based chain of more than 200 restaurants said the tacos are available in three flavors: wild Alaska coho salmon, all-natural steak, and all-natural chicken. They will be available starting on 4 April for a limited time. “Our culinary team creates recipes with global flavors that will resonate with our guests locally,” said Ralph Rubio, co-founder of Rubio’s Coastal Grill, in a press release. The Chimichurri Tacos feature Rubio’s chimichurri sauce – a [...]

2018-04-01T15:04:27+00:00 April 1st, 2018|News|0 Comments

James Beard Foundation launches Sustainable Seafood Partner program

In an effort to increase access to sustainable seafood and promote sustainable seafood options, The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced the launch of its new Sustainable Seafood Partner program 22 March. The program, which dovetails with the foundation’s existing “Smart Catch” program, identifies seafood purveyors that are leaders in the industry when it comes to producing or harvesting seafood sustainably. Four companies have already pledged support for the initiative and have become partners: Skuna Bay, of Vancouver Island, Canada; Verlasso, of Chile; Australis Barramundi, of Massachusetts U.S.A; and Blue Ocean Mariculture of Hawaii, U.S.A. “We know that chefs and restaurants [...]

2018-04-01T14:08:46+00:00 March 25th, 2018|News|0 Comments