By Steven Hedlund
Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012
Curious what your fellow SeafoodSource readers are viewing? Here’s a rundown of the website’s five most-read stories and commentaries of March 2012.
5) In China, seafood processors are sacrificing profits to secure labor, fearing that if they don’t act now they’ll lose workers to other companies when the season peaks. Competition for labor is only increasing in China, as are labor costs, which are set to increase next month when minimum wage hikes kick in across the country. SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey takes an in-depth look at China’s labor situation, interviewing executives at Siam Canadian and Avic Seafood as well as numerous migrant workers in Beijing.
2) And the winners are… We won’t find out until 24 April at the European Seafood Exposition. But, on 12 March, the 37 finalists of this year’s Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition were unveiled. In addition to the grand prizes for the best new retail product and best new foodservice product, five special awards will be handed out for originality, convenience, health and nutrition, retail packaging and seafood product line. Who has an edge? I took a stab at identifying trends among the 37 finalists in the 22 March commentary “On trend.”
3) High Liner Foods, one of North America’s largest seafood companies, on 8 March announced that it has reorganized its U.S. foodservice sales and marketing teams and introduced a new brand structure, less than three months after acquiring the U.S. and Asian operations of Icelandic Group. The company’s U.S. foodservice operations have been integrated under three core brands — Icelandic Seafood, FPI and Viking.
2) There’s so much news that coming out of the International Boston Seafood Show each year that it’s difficult to get to everything. But SeafoodSource Assistant Editor April Forristall and I did our best, scouring the show floor and conference rooms for news for our blogs, one on each of the three days of the event. Two of the more popular blogs were “Competitions galore” and “Sen. Brown walks the show floor.”
1) March’s most-read story or commentary came from SeaFood Business Senior Editor James Wright, whose 14 March commentary “Fraud isn’t funny” was based on the International Boston Seafood Show conference “Seafood Substitution.” The stories that came out of the conference illustrated just how blatant cheaters are, and just how frustrated those playing by the rules are.