National Seafood Month: 5 reasons to choose sustainable seafood

Author: Brandpoint (BPT) - October is National Seafood Month, and one of the best ways to keep the world’s waters full of life is to choose certified wild, sustainable seafood. Not only is it better for the environment, but it helps ensure a steady supply of an important natural resource that people around the globe depend on for sustenance as well as for their livelihoods. We’ve all seen the headlines about the concerning state of our oceans — from pollution to overfishing — so it is no surprise that, according to a recent GlobeScan survey, nearly two-thirds of American seafood [...]

2018-10-13T20:09:23+00:00October 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Retailers rolling out promotions for National Seafood Month

Author: Christine Blank   Seafood and wine retail merchandising, menu specials, and distributors featuring local seafood are among the top promotions running during National Seafood Month in the United States in October. Alaska seafood is being featured in a national co-op promotion with Kona beer and Villa Maria, a SMWE portfolio wine, at several supermarket chains, according to Victoria Parr, domestic marketing director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). Albertsons/Safeway NW, Giant Eagle, Harris Teeter, HEB, Kroger, Meijer, and Publix are among the participating chains, according to Parr. “This effort specifically targets the new seafood super consumers identified in [...]

2018-10-06T19:44:11+00:00October 7th, 2018|News|0 Comments

From comfort foods to chilled seafood, South Beach Grill chef does it all

Author: Ashley Morris   Chef Nick Townsend is a transplant that has bloomed in Southern cuisine Eight years ago, South Beach Grill executive chef Nick Townsend packed up his stuff from his hometown in Massachusetts and started driving. He and his best friend who went through culinary school bought walkie-talkies and drove as far south as they could. “Wilmington is where we ran out of money,” Townsend said, standing in the middle of South Beach’s dining room in early July. For Townsend, and regulars at South Beach, the accident of landing in Wilmington was a happy one. For the next [...]

2018-09-29T13:07:09+00:00September 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Gold-colored Kiwi sea cucumber a hit with Chinese buyers

Author: Mark Godfrey A gold-colored sea cucumber from New Zealand is proving a winner for a China-focused exporter of wild seafood who hopes to certify the species as organic. New Zealand Wild Catch Limited, which holds approximately half of New Zealand’s national quota for wild sea cucumber catches, is marketing the new catch as part of its focus on China’s high-end market for sea cucumbers, according to CEO James Parfitt. “Things are going really well, during survey work we discovered a golden-colored, much more spikey variety of our native New Zealand species Stichopus mollis called Gold Tip, which has taken [...]

2018-09-21T23:31:30+00:00September 23rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Fishiest Myths About Seafood, Debunked by Chefs

Author: Wil Fulton Shutterstock/ArturBegel Do you smell that? The foul, fishy, putrid odor that seems to be wafting around the air? No, it's not your local seafood restaurant (see the seventh entry on the list below), it's the stench of LIES. Dirty, perpetuated, (actual) fake news, pants-on-fire, blatant misinformation. It's as unappetizing as months-old mollusks -- and in some cases, just as problematic for your health. Seafood, in general, seems to be the victim of more reputation-damaging rumors than any other food. So in the spirit of busting, we talked to a handful of seafood-centric chefs, to help us debunk 16 prevalent [...]

2018-09-15T19:55:51+00:00September 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

US Foodservice Giants Urged to Buy Local Seafood

Author: Christine Blank    A group of U.S. non-governmental organizations have begun a nationwide campaign urging the nation’s three largest foodservice management companies to buy more local and community-based products, including seafood. The Community Coalition for Real Meals, which includes the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), Friends of the Earth, and Real Food Challenge, say that Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo need to reorient their business models away from “a system of exclusive relationships with ‘Big Food’ corporations toward greater investments in real food that support producers, communities, and the environment,” according to one of the organization's statements. The coalition [...]

2018-09-08T22:45:31+00:00September 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Lobster company plans ‘trap-to-table’ seafood complex on Portland waterfront

Author: Peter McGuire Shucks Maine Lobster is asking a city agency for a 30-year lease on a vacant lot on the Portland Fish Pier. A Maine lobster business plans to build a processing plant, seafood restaurant and marine education center on the Portland waterfront, the newest iteration of the company’s long-planned expansion. John Hathaway Joe Phelan / Staff Photographer John Hathaway, owner of Richmond-based Shucks Maine Lobster, asked the Portland Fish Pier Authority board of directors for a 30-year lease on the small, vacant, city-owned lot Monday. At least one other seafood business has expressed interest in the property on [...]

2018-09-01T20:56:23+00:00September 2nd, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hidden Spots To Catch Great Seafood In Chicago

Author: Megy Karydes   Stop by any given night at Portsmith at the dana hotel in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and you’ll find guests dining on fried oysters and fish and chips. Bill Dugan, better known by chefs throughout Chicago’s top restaurants as “the fish guy” and owner of The Fishguy Market and Wellfleet, sends his email subscribers weekly specials that will make you swoon for lobster rolls. Chicagoans no longer have to fly to Boston or Miami to get quality and delicious seafood. I’ll admit, Chicago isn’t the first place I think of when I think of seafood dishes. [...]

2018-08-25T15:45:18+00:00August 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

How an NYC restaurant group works to make familiar foods “extraordinary”

Author: CBS News Major Food Group operates some of the most iconic restaurants in New York. For co-founders Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, dining is nothing short of a theatrical experience. “We take a lot of pride in being storytellers,” Carbone told “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Dana Jacobson. He said the three are often referencing movies and “trying to get that idealized moment.” “You see this movie, and you get a five- or 10-second clip of a restaurant scene, and everything’s happening in perfect unison where the pan’s on fire, flambé, the bartender’s shaking the cocktail … [...]

2018-08-19T01:42:17+00:00August 19th, 2018|News|0 Comments

US buyers paying more for seafood in 2018

Author: Christine Blank   The value of U.S. seafood imports increased significantly for the first six months of the year, while volume dropped slightly, according to new data from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. The overall value of seafood purchased by U.S. buyers spiked from around USD 10.4 billion (EUR 8.95 billion) for the first six months of 2017 to around USD 10.9 billion (EUR 9.4 billion) during the same timeframe in 2018, NMFS found. Meanwhile, the overall volume of imported seafood declined from 1.374 kilos last year to 1.371 kilos during the first six months of 2018. Fresh Atlantic [...]

2018-08-11T21:02:37+00:00August 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments