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
March 7, 2024

With U.K. grocery inflation hitting its lowest point in almost two years, British grocery chains featuring more domestic seafood, and value retailers continuing to grow sales, all signs are pointing toward a better market in 2024 for U.K. seafood suppliers.

U.K. grocery price inflation fell to 5.3 percent in February – the lowest rate seen in the country since March 2022 and a decrease of 1.5 percent month over month, according to Kantar.

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March 6, 2024

Phillips Foods, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of crabmeat, has purchased two plants in Canada to process lobster and snow crab as it launches new products.

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.-based Phillips Foods acquired facilities in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to process lobster and crab, Phillips Vice President of Retail Sales and Marketing John Baxter told SeafoodSource.

The facilities include the former South Shore Seafoods plant in

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March 1, 2024

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued to block the USD 24.6 billion (EUR 22.7 billion) proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger on 26 February. The suit will almost certainly further delay the merger – originally proposed in October 2022.

In the FTC’s suit, the commission argued the tie-up would lead to “higher prices for groceries and other essential household items for millions of Americans.” 

“The loss of

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February 29, 2024
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.-based seafood fast-casual restaurant chain Captain D’s is planning to expand globally, starting in Canada, and is adding two executives to its team. The operator of more than 530 restaurants in 23 U.S. states said it plans to expand to Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia. It has already signed its first franchise development agreement in Canada to bring… Read More
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February 28, 2024

Smoked salmon sales struggled over the past year despite the the categories' gains elsewhere, but new products from Kvaroy Arctic, Ocean Beauty, and Acme Smoked Fish aim to draw new customers to the category in 2024 to reverse the trend.

Sales of smoked salmon declined 7.2 percent year over year across all retailers in the fourth quarter of 2023, per Circana OmniMarket Integrated Fresh data. Specifically, frozen smoked salmon sales dropped

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February 23, 2024

McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Arby’s are among a few of the major quick service restaurant chains offering specials utilizing Alaska pollock for Lent as they and other restaurant chains add seafood specials for the Lenten season.

Notably missing, though is 7-Eleven, which partnered with Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods and Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) last year on its limited-time pollock fish sandwich

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February 23, 2024

Major international grocery chains Walmart and Loblaw saw increased sales revenue and operating income in 2023, posting strong performances despite consumer concerns about inflation.

Walmart International reported its total revenue increased 10.6 percent to USD 111.7 billion (EUR 108 billion) in FY 2024 – the full-year period ending 31 January. That total was boosted by USD 31.2 billion (EUR 28.8 billion) in revenue in Q4 – an

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