Christine Blank

Contributing Editor

Christine Blank, a veteran freelance writer and editor, covers all aspects of the seafood industry, from fishing to processing to selling and serving the final product. When she is not writing for SeafoodSource, Christine gets to taste scrumptious seafood dishes at U.S. restaurants for her food and travel blog, Flavorful Excursions (www.flavorfulexcursions.net). Christine loves to eat seafood of any kind, but lobster, crab and crawfish are among her favorites. In addition to SeafoodSource.com and SeaFood Business, Christine’s articles have been published in hundreds of leading magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, USA Today and Associated Press.

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January 26, 2024

Antidumping and countervailing duties, as well as relatively stagnant growth in production, will negatively impact the global shrimp market this year, experts said at the 2024 Global Seafood Marketing Conference (GSMC), which took place from 23 to 25 January in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Since the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said it would maintain antidumping duties on shrimp from India, China, Thailand, and Vietnam in June 2023,

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January 24, 2024

U.S. fresh and frozen seafood sales should stabilize this year after an extremely challenging 2023, retail analysts predicted at the opening plenary session of the 2024 National Fisheries Institute-hosted Global Seafood Market Conference in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. on 23 January.

In 2023, overall fresh and frozen seafood sales declined due to several overarching factors, including consumers’ reduced spending power due to inflation,

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January 22, 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking U.S. shrimp suppliers to submit bids on 388,500 cases of shrimp by 29 January.

The winning suppliers will be required to deliver the frozen peeled and deveined shrimp between 16 March and 30 June.

U.S. Representative Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) announced the purchase in December, noting the federal government would purchase around USD 36 million (EUR 33 million) of wild shrimp from the U.S. Gulf

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January 22, 2024

Thanks to a collaboration with nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) that resulted in the launch of an effective marketing campaign, U.S. grocery retailer H-E-B expects heightened sales and increased awareness of its fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable seafood at the start of the new year.

The partnership is part of SNP’s ongoing “Fall in Love with Seafood” campaign, which launched last October, and San Antonio, Texas,

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January 19, 2024

Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.-based grocery store company Atalanta Corporation – the largest privately held food importer in North America – is buying J.A. Kirsch, a U.S. food importer specializing in canned seafood.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company’s (BGL) Food and Beverage investment banking team served as the exclusive financial advisor to J.A. Kirsch in the transaction,

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January 18, 2024

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.-based smoked salmon supplier Acme Smoked Fish is opening a facility in the U.S. state of Florida, which it originally bought in 2022, to effectively address increased demand across the Southeast U.S. – and is also unveiling new products, packaging, and an innovative climate initiative to start out 2024.

The 43,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Pompano Beach, Florida, will significantly enhance the

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January 16, 2024

A U.S. Costco store is allegedly displaying crab in the same way some retailers display high-end jewelry.

At a Costco store in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., crabmeat is being stored behind a locked glass partition. Customers must first check out with a laminated paper containing a barcode and a photo of the crabmeat before they’re given access to the seafood, according to Reddit user pretty_with_no_r who posted a photo of the

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January 11, 2024

U.K. supermarkets recently experienced their highest level of December transactions since 2019, according to marketing data and analytics firm Kantar, as consumers spent a record GBP 13.7 billion (USD 17 billion, EUR 16 billion) at grocery tills during the last month of 2023, up 7 percent year over year.

The average U.K. household spent an all-time high of GBP 477 (USD 603, EUR 553) on groceries in December, Kantar said in a press release.

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January 9, 2024

Two lawsuits arguing ALDI’s misleadingly labeled some of its seafood products as sustainable have been dismissed.

Essen, Germany-based ALDI operates more than 2,000 U.S. grocery stores in 36 states. Toxin Free USA, represented by Richman Law and Policy, filed one of the complaints against ALDI in 2021. The nonprofit, which advocates against the use of GMOs, synthetic pesticides, and toxins in food products, alleged ALDI sourced salmon

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January 9, 2024

Red Lobster has added a limited-time flavor to its Ultimate Endless Shrimp menu.

The 700-restaurant-strong Red Lobster chain has added a tangy crispy salt and vinegar shrimp flavor to its Ultimate Endless Shrimp deal options, it said in a press release.

Red Lobster has also begun offering a black tiger shrimp cocktail that includes jumbo shrimp served with both cocktail sauce and a spicy Thai chili-lime cilantro sauce.

With Ultimate Endless

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