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 18, 2023

Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.A.-based Handy Seafood has partnered with spice company Old Bay again to offer a new frozen crab product – Old Bay Crab Cake Minis – aiming to fulfill Americans’ growing demand for convenience foods.

The new product launch is an extension of the company’s other products it has previously released in tandem with Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.-based Old Bay. Handy Seafood first partnered with Old Bay

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September 15, 2023

U.S. grocery retailer Albertsons, which operates 2,272 retail food and drug stores nationwide, has enhanced its Sincerely Health digital platform in a move that could encourage its shoppers to eat more seafood.

Albertsons operates retail and drug stores under several different brand names including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, and

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September 15, 2023

ALDI U.K. is partnering with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to promote several MSC-certified seafood products in its stores.

The rapidly expanding grocery chain, which will add 500 locations in the next few years, sells the largest volume of MSC-certified products compared to any other U.K. supermarket, the company said press release.

The promotion is part of the company’s celebration of Sustainable Seafood September, according to

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September 14, 2023

The U.S. retail outlook for the fourth quarter of this year is dreary, providing an ominous outlook for seafood sales, according to new data and insight from major U.S. grocery chains and organizations.

Though overall U.S. retail sales are up 4 percent compared to last year – thanks largely to growth in e-commerce and mail-order sales – grocery chains are releasing uninspiring financial reports that have led them to readjust their

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September 12, 2023

Pike Place Fish Market (PPFM), the iconic fresh seafood market inside Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., is facing a trademark infringement lawsuit.

The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), which manages the market, claims PPFM it is illicitly using its name to advertise products nationwide without PDA’s permission.

In a lawsuit filed in early September via the U.S. District Court for the Western

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September 12, 2023

Retail analysts and consumer groups believe the pending merger between massive U.S. grocery chains Kroger and Albertsons could negatively impact seafood suppliers and shoppers, warning that, if approved, it would result in fewer options for consumers, higher prices, less competition, and the possible shuttering of smaller grocery chains.

The proposed USD 24.6 billion (EUR 22.8 billion) merger, announced last October between Boise, Idaho,

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September 11, 2023

Aldi opened its 1,000thstore in the U.K. on 7 September and committed to a new long-term target of eventually operating 1,500 stores across the country.

The discount chain is now Britains fourth-biggest grocer, and 1 in every 10 pounds spent at British supermarkets goes through its tills, the company said. The grocer was also the fastest-growing retailer for the fourth month in a row in July, with sales increasing by 21.2

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September 8, 2023

Southeastern Grocers (SEG), which operates nearly 600 supermarkets in the Southeast U.S., is seeking to expand and diversify its suppliers by hosting a virtual Local and Diverse Supplier Connect event to collaborate with underrepresented suppliers, and in turn, provide stores with an expanded variety of locally relevant and diverse products."

Interested suppliers can apply until 11 September,  the company said in a

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September 7, 2023

After putting a potential NASDAQ Stock Market delisting behind it, blue crab supplier and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) operator Blue Star Foods announced a public offering of an aggregate of more than 10.7 million shares of its common stock together with accompanying common stock warrants.

The Miami, Florida, U.S.A.-based firm expects total gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting the placement agent's fees and other

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September 7, 2023

U.S. grocery prices are not rising at the level they were last year, when food price inflation hit record highs, but Americans continue to be concerned the overall economy and their personal finances.

Walmart’s longstanding focus on value, however, has helped it – along with other value-driven grocery chains – thrive within the current high inflationary environment, in which consumers are growing more cost-conscious, Insider

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