Maine Coast honored with prestigious presidential award for expanding US exports

Author: Madelyn Kearns U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recognized York, Maine, U.S.A.-based lobster supplier Maine Coast with the President’s “E” Award for Exports on 23 May, for the company’s demonstrated national leadership in expanding export markets for the country. Forty-eight companies total were honored by Secretary Ross with the President’s “E” Award, “the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports,” Maine Coast said. The company’s commitment to sustaining exports and opening new markets made it an ideal recipient for the honor, according to Ross. “Maine Coast has demonstrated [...]

2019-05-26T11:33:12-05:00May 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Tuna will take center stage on Palau’s menu

Author: Bernadette Carreon   To celebrate World Tuna Day, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. on 1 May signed a presidential directive calling for a “national commitment to reduce pressure on the reef, promote locally produce foods.” Under the directive, all government food service systems must serve pelagic fish such as tuna, with reef fish no longer allowed to be served at any government event or by any government-backed foodservice system. In his directive, Remengesau said the move was being made to ensure food security and increase the supply of tuna to the domestic market. “Tuna and tuna-like pelagic fish species [...]

2019-05-17T12:17:46-05:00May 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

European frozen fish supplier introduces new compostable product packaging

Author: Madelyn Kearns   The Netherlands-based frozen fish supplier J.P. Verwijs has introduced organic compostable packaging for its various seafood products, which are currently on display at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium this week. The new packaging was inspired by the circular economy, a business model that prizes high standards of sustainability, transparency, simplicity, and quality, according to J.P. Verwijs. “Taking in perception that care of nature is paramount, the emphasis is on taking responsibility to reduce traditional packaging materials,” the company said. By embracing its new compostable packaging solution, which is derived from agricultural waste product, the supplier [...]

2019-05-11T17:26:58-05:00May 12th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Rising incomes, increased urbanization to underpin seafood consumption growth

Author: Jason Holland   The considerable growth in both fisheries and aquaculture production, matched by a rising public awareness of the important role that fish as a food group plays in healthy and diversified diets has driven seafood consumption upwards over the past five decades. Other factors contributing to the steady rise in people eating seafood include reduced wastage, better utilization, improved distribution channels and growing demand. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in per capita terms, global food fish consumption grew from 9 kg in 1961 to 20.2 kg in 2015, representing an [...]

2019-05-03T23:41:21-05:00May 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Will America run short of seafood? This ocean farm could save

Author: Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY   (Photo: Sandy Hooper) HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – On a gray morning, hundreds of glistening black shells tumble down a chute to the deck of a retired Navy landing craft. Mussels are peeled off heavy ropes, sorted by size and cleaned before five crewmen, seated around a table, inspect them for cracks or holes. The biggest and best are placed in bags, a bounty of bivalves destined for sale to restaurants and fish markets. This farm-raised mussel business 6 miles off the coast of California's Orange County marks a new direction for aquaculture by raising seafood in open ocean rather [...]

2019-04-27T17:12:17-05:00April 28th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Canada’s top oyster-producing region to host upcoming seafood festival

Author: Madelyn Kearns   The 13th annual BC Seafood Festival is scheduled to take place in Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, from 7 to 16 June, 2019, event organizers confirmed on 15 April. The event, considered to be the largest seafood festival in Western Canada, will once again be situated in the Comox Valley region, the top production area for oysters in Canada. Festival features for 2019 include the “Signature Weekend,” comprised of celebrity chef demonstrations, award-winning shellfish and seafood tastings, interactive and educational displays, and competitions. The festival will also host a series of seafood-related contests such as the [...]

2019-04-20T19:48:49-05:00April 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Whole Foods names Luke’s Lobster, Wild Planet as Suppliers of the Year

Author: Christine Blank     Three seafood suppliers were recognized by Whole Foods Market (WFM) at its seventh annual Supplier Awards, held in Austin, Texas, U.S.A., on 10 April. Luke’s Lobster was named WFM’s Global Supplier of the Year for 2018 and received the retailer’s Purpose Driven Empowerment Award. Luke’s received the distinction for “working hand in hand with WholeFoods Market to build a process that guarantees that all their lobsters adhere to our sustainability requirements and animal welfare standards,” WFM said in a press release. “In just three years, Luke’s Lobster has grown from a small local partner in [...]

2019-04-13T21:20:30-05:00April 14th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Albertsons cutting out meal kits in many stores

Author: Christine Blank   Albertsons is doing away with offering Plated meal kits in many of its stores. After tests of the meal kits in Albertsons stores, Plated, which is owned by Albertsons, will now be offered only in select stores in northern California and Texas. “This shift will allow us to focus on innovation for the future expansion of Plated within the Albertsons Companies ecosystem,” Liz Marsh, spokesperson for Plated, told SeafoodSource. Albertsons rolled out Plated meal kits with much fanfare in numerous stores more than a year ago. While the kits were initially sold in 20 Safeway stores [...]

2019-04-06T19:50:28-05:00April 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

The 25 Most Creative Seafood Dishes in Boston Right Now

Author: Scott Kearnan·   Ever eaten a $900 lobster roll? Devoured a tower of crab rangoon nachos? Dive into our list of 25 dishes that make a splash and see how Boston is reinventing seafood—all over again.   At Oak + Rowan, oysters get an opulent update thanks to caviar and edible flowers. / Photo by Ken Richardson / Styling by Monica Mariano/Ennis The New Oyster Platter Composed oysters, Oak + Rowan Forget classic cocktail sauce and mignonette—these days, the humble oyster is getting dressed up with increasingly creative accoutrements. At Oak + Rowan, chef Justin Shoults offers competing “East [...]

2019-03-30T02:01:25-05:00March 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments

A labor of love: How Martha Stewart and True North created their new seafood product line

Author: Madelyn Kearns   It was like the first day of school when Martha Stewart's culinary director, Thomas Joseph, arrived at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America event in Boston, Massachusetts on its opening day. Joseph, who is a 2017 James Beard Award winner, pulled up to the continent’s largest seafood trade event with the four initial offerings under the Martha Stewart brand’s latest seafood product line in tow, ready for their debut. The products were created in partnership with Cooke Inc.'s True North Seafood. “We’re super-excited,” Joseph told SeafoodSource on Sunday, 17 March, as SENA19 roared to life. “Today was [...]

2019-03-23T18:02:36-05:00March 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments