Seafood News2018-01-08T23:39:48-05:00

Seafood News

Experts question value of “premium” seafood

Author: Cliff White At the beginning of the panel on premium finfish at the 2019 Global Seafood Market Conference in Coronado, California, on 15 January, moderator Derek Figueroa, the chief operating officer of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.-based Seattle Fish Company, flashed a slide with the definition of both “premium” and “premium seafood.” Premium: Noun – a high-value or a value in excess of that normally or usually expected. Adjective – of exceptional quality or amount. Premium seafood: Species or product form whose attributes drive product preference over and above the norm. Figueroa clarified that the second definition had been created by [...]

February 3rd, 2019|

Wife and husband duo crowned fish and chips champions

Author: Nicki Holmyard   Husband and wife team Tim and Kelly Barnes, from Krispies Fish and Chips located in Exmouth, Devon, United Kingdom, joined an elite team in January, as they were announced winners of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2019. Their new title makes them one of just 31 fish and chip shops to have been awarded the title since 1988, when the competition began. Today, there are around 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops in the U.K. They dramatically outnumber popular international fast food outlets such as McDonalds, which has 1,200 outlets, and Kentucky Fried Chicken with [...]

January 27th, 2019|

Seafood processor conference set in Baton Rouge

Author: WAFB   BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Experts will meet in late January to discuss the latest trends, best practices and new equipment in micro-processing. Representing the LSU Sea Grant College Program and LSU AgCenter, the experts will present information at Seafood Processors Conference on Jan. 30, according to a release from the LSU AgCenter. “The world of seafood is changing, especially for our harvesters, and we believe micro-processing could be the path to economic sustainability,” said Thomas Hymel, AgCenter and Sea Grant extension agent and director of the Louisiana Direct Seafood program. The one-day event will be held [...]

January 20th, 2019|

Rare ‘Calico Lobster’ Found at Maryland Seafood Counter

Author: Jessica Anderson   A rare "calico lobster" named Eve remains in a special tank at Ocean City Seafood until she’s expected to be relocated to an aquarium. (Courtesy of Ocean City Seafood)   Unloading a shipment from Maine, the owner of Ocean City Seafood distributor in Silver Spring made a one-in-30-million discovery. Among the dark bluish and greenish brown crustaceans, the owner found a rare “calico” lobster with a mottled orange and black shell in a delivery last month. “We knew she was special we didn’t even know why,” said Rita Montoya, a spokeswoman for Ocean City Seafood. Montoya [...]

January 13th, 2019|

Stir: Oldest underwater restaurant looks at seafood’s underside

Author: Joanna Fantozzi At Ithaa, located in the Maldives, guests enjoy ocean-view dining   Aside from white sandy beaches and a tropical climate, the Maldives islands are especially well known for one peculiar tourist attraction category: the underwater restaurant. At Ithaa — which touts itself as the world’s oldest underwater restaurant — guests dine on astronomically priced seven-course dinners or four-course lunches 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean with 180-degree views of schools of tropical fish, sting rays and sharks swimming above their heads. But guests won’t find the marine wildlife swimming just outside the windows anywhere [...]

January 6th, 2019|

With Prices Low, US Grocers Push Shrimp for the Holidays

Author: Christine Blank   Cheaper farmed shrimp prices are benefitting American retailers and consumers this holiday season. Prices for imported farmed shrimp have dropped significantly since the summer, and fallen an additional USD 0.30 to 0.40 (EUR 0.26 to 0.35) per pound over the last month. There are a variety of reasons for the steep drop in prices. Overproduction, heavy inventory in United States’ cold storage, rejections of imported shrimp by the U.S.A., and close competition for vannamei from other suppliers are all impacting shrimp pricing. Shrimp from India, which is the largest supplier to the United States, is especially [...]

December 30th, 2018|

New Australis Barramundi product to debut at Whole Foods

Author: Christine Blank Australis Aquaculture will debut its frozen Garlic Teriyaki Barramundi portions at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide starting in mid-January 2019. Australis, which is based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and farms its barramundi in ocean pens in Vietnam, said its new sweet and savory pre-glazed frozen barramundi portions “are designed for health-conscious consumers who crave the great flavor and nutritional value of sustainable seafood, without the fuss." The portions are sold in a 12-ounce bag and retail for a suggested USD 9.99 (EUR 8.72) each. "We know our shoppers are coming to the Whole Foods Market seafood department [...]

December 23rd, 2018|

Follow These Rules For Safer Seafood

Author: Rachel Riederer Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr Seafood can be an iffy choice depending on the season and day of the week. With that said, you should be wary of these foods 24/7 - just in case. No one wants to get food poisoning, so take heed of these fishy food tips. Do you really need to take the entire summer off from shellfish? And is the old saw about avoiding sushi on Mondays still accurate? We decided to check in on some of the old and new guidelines for seafood-eating to see what's out of date, what new rules [...]

December 16th, 2018|

IKEA Rolls Out Salmon Meatballs in US Stores

   Author: Christine Blank Global retailer Ikea has introduced new Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified salmon meatballs to its U.S.-based stores, with plans to expand the offerings to other international markets soon. Sweden-based Ikea, which operates restaurants in its home furnishings stores, first tested the “salmon balls” in Portugal, and then added them to its U.S. stores’ restaurants this fall. Ikea stores also offer responsibly-sourced salmon fillets, cured salmon, cold smoked salmon, and hot smoked salmon. In its U.S. salmon ball rollout, announced via YouTube, Ikea said that its unnamed, “carefully selected” suppliers provide ASC-certified salmon “from the icy fjords of northern [...]

December 9th, 2018|

Blue Circle Launches Smoked Salmon Product For Holiday Season

Author: Christine Blank   To coincide with gifting and entertaining during the holiday season, Blue Circle Foods recently rolled out a new smoked salmon product in the United States. The Washington, D.C., U.S.A.-based sustainable seafood supplier to retailers and foodservice operators launched a new Changing Seas Peppered Smoked Salmon in Whole Foods Market stores. Blue Circle’s Changing Seas line of Norwegian smoked salmon is exclusive to Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods, while its Blue Circle Norwegian Arctic Smoked Salmon is sold via Amazon and select retailers. “We expect smoked fish to continue to increase in popularity as customers search for simple [...]

December 2nd, 2018|

Luke’s Lobster makes foray into retail with two new offerings at Whole Foods

Author: Chris Chase   New York, U.S.A.-based Luke’s Lobster is making its first big retail push with two new offerings designed to give consumers an easy way to have lobster in their own home. Luke’s is offering a “ready-to-eat lobster kit” featuring half a pound of lobster knuckle and claw meat, a packet of Luke’s Lobster seasoning, and instructions on how to make a lobster roll in the restaurant’s style at home. The other item is a “ready-to-cook lobster tail kit” that contains two raw Maine lobster tails; some lemon garlic marinade; and tips on how to thaw, prep, and [...]

November 25th, 2018|

Celebrity Chefs Open and Close US Seafood Restaurants

Author: Christine Blank   While celebrity chef Bobby Flay plans to open a new seafood eatery in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., Rick Moonen recently closed two seafood restaurants in the same city. Flay plans to open Shark, his first new restaurant in five years, at the Palms Casino Resort in March 2019, according to Eater Las Vegas. Shark will serve sushi, sashimi, ceviches, and “bold preparations of fish and seafood” with flavors from South America, Mexico, and the Mediterranean, according to Palms. Meanwhile, Moonen, who discussed sustainability and the growing canned seafood trend at Seafood Expo North America in 2017, [...]

November 18th, 2018|

New research recovers nutrients from seafood processing water, finds multiple recycling opportunities

Author: Jason Holland   Water from seafood processing activities that tend to be treated as waste contain valuable nutrients that could be used in food or aquaculture feeds, a new research project has confirmed. According to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, approximately 7,000 to 8,000 liters of water is used to prepare a ton of marinated herring, while 50,000 liters of water is needed per ton of peeled shrimp or for three tons of raw shrimp. But these side stream waters contain proteins, peptides, fats and micronutrients, which could be recycled and used – for example by the [...]

November 11th, 2018|

Cornish hotel scoops seafood restaurant of the year accolade

Author: Jason Holland   The Idle Rocks in St. Mawes, Cornwall, has been announced as the winner of the United Kingdom’s 2018 Seafood Restaurant of the Year by the United Kingdom's Seafish authority. The competition, now in its fourth year, was launched to highlight great use of seafood and knowledge of often under-used seafood products, in all types of restaurants. The Idle Rocks was awarded the title for its exemplary customer service, backed up by a mystery audit by Seafish, and its offerings of a diversity of locally-sourced fish cooked in a variety of methods. The restaurant, led by head chef [...]

November 4th, 2018|

Walmart aiming to overtake Amazon in online grocery sales

Author: Christine Blank   Amazon remains the largest player in sales of online groceries in the United States, but some experts are predicting Walmart will grab a much larger share of the market in the near future and may even surpass Amazon in coming years. Walmart has been experiencing much larger sales volumes through its online channels in the past year. With its 2016 purchase of Jet.com and evidence its e-commerce channels are picking up momentum - sales spiked 50 percent in its fiscal third quarter - Walmart is “best positioned” to take both mind share and market share in [...]

October 28th, 2018|