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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Published on
September 26, 2023

Executives at New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.-based Prime Shrimp are on a mission to popularize at-home shrimp consumption across America by emphasizing their products’ convenience, high quality, and flavor.

Fresh off the launch of six frozen shrimp products 18 months ago, the shrimp processor and packager recently rolled out its newest flavor: New Orleans-style BBQ. The company is attempting to coax consumers who prioritize convenience

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September 25, 2023

U.S. restaurant giant Darden’s sales soared in its fiscal first quarter, driven by its acquisition of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse restaurants and other factors.

The Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based operator of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, The Capital Grille, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and other restaurant chains also realized savings from lower food and beverage costs.

Darden’s total sales in its Q1 2024 soared 11.6

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September 25, 2023

Luke’s Lobster, Get Maine Lobster, and several other retailers and restaurants are offering specials throughout the week in recognition of National Lobster Day on 25 September and Maine Lobster Week.

“This is the third year of Maine Lobster Week and we have been getting more restaurants each year,” Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) Executive Director Marianne LaCroix told SeafoodSource. “It gives an

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September 22, 2023

Horace Dawson has been appointed as the CEO of Red Lobster, filling the role after more than a year of vacancy.  

The restaurant chain, headquartered in Orlando, Florida U.S.A., was purchased in 2020 by Thai Union, Red Lobster management, and an investor group named the Seafood Alliance, which jointly announced Dawson's appointment.  

Dawson has served

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September 22, 2023

U.K. grocery inflation dropped to its lowest level in more than a year, but consumers said they remain concerned about the prices they are paying for food, as well as the economy overall.

Grocery price inflation declined from 12.7 percent in July to 12.2 percent in August, according to the latest data from Kantar. In response, take-home sales from all grocery chains rose by 7.4 percent compared with the same period in 2022.

August followed the

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September 22, 2023

Two U.S. grocery chains have upped their seafood soup offerings in anticipation of the fall season.

Monrovia, California, U.S.A.-based Trader Joe’s, which operates 543 stores across the U.S., recently added a refrigerated lobster bisque to its lineup, along with frozen garlic and shrimp flatbread and fresh sesame miso salad with salmon, as part of its private-label brand.

“Our mission is to bring our customers the best quality

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September 20, 2023

The U.S. government has recently ramped up its seafood purchases for federal school lunch programs across the country, a marked change in its previous practice.

In 2023 alone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has purchased significant amounts of Alaska pollock, haddock, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, catfish, Pacific shrimp, and Pacific rockfish. And it announced an additional solicitation for up to to 16,720 cases of canned pink salmon for

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September 19, 2023

The CEOs of Canada’s five biggest grocery chains – Walmart, Costco, Loblaw, Sobeys, and Metro – have agreed to work with the federal government to stabilize grocery prices.

Canadian Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne and the country’s finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, met with the CEOs in Ottawa on 18 September The industry leaders were under pressure to come to an agreement after being threatened

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September 19, 2023

U.S. fresh and frozen seafood sales and volume declined more than retail data predicted in August, despite continued deflation.

Fresh seafood sales plunged 7.4 percent in August to USD 595 million (EUR 566 million), while fresh seafood volume decreased 6.6 percent. Frozen seafood sales dropped 7.7 percent to USD 619 million (EUR 579 million), while volume in the category fell 8.1 percent.

Even though shelf-stable seafood sales jumped 1.9

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September 18, 2023

Rhode Island’s economic development organization has launched a national tour of the U.S. state's signature seafood dish.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is taking the stuffed clam, or as it's locally known, the “stuffie”, across the U.S. through the rest of 2023. The tour kicks off in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. on 2 September, then will travel to Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Los Angeles, California, RICC

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