Snippets from Down Under

Snippets from Down Under is authored by Roy Palmer. Since 1972, Roy Palmer has been involved trading seafood and other food products and has traveled the world extensively.

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Roy Palmer

Published on
February 8, 2012

As soon as you create a monopoly situation you run risks. When you get a monopoly power is created and from that come all sorts of human frailties. Monopolies are rarely good for the long term and within an industry they can be a cancer.

If giant organizations make statements that they will only take one brand that creates a monopoly situation that has ramnifications right through the whole supply chain. Some of this can be good but, generally s… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
August 22, 2011

As reported in SeafoodSource recently (Media watch: Omega-3 fatigue?) we are being told that everyone understands the message about the importance of omega-3 in their diet and the media are not interested in publishing new stories on such medical research.

Ah, good. We can all rest easy then. The world has changed, the message is sold and we can all relax knowing our job is done. But that’s wrong.

If this were true surely the American consump… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
July 8, 2011

The first image I think people have of The Maldives is one of unique exotic tropical islands, luxurious relaxation in the middle of the ocean and that lends you to believe it must be a wealthy area without a care in the world. Everyone has seen at least one image of the cabins over the clear turquoise water and no doubt we all have that embedded in our minds when we have a little day dream!

This is how one advert describes The Maldives “Luxury… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 16, 2011

As I turn on my TV at the hotel to see what ‘disasters’ have happened over night, I catch the end of a brief interview with a Unilever executive. He was saying that food security was not just the responsibility of governments but that we all had a role to improve the world hunger situation which “involves a billion people where a child dies every 6 seconds from malnutrition.”

This is the same company that some 15 years ago decided to cre… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
June 2, 2011

If I want “green” electricity I have to pay more. If I want a hybrid car that has minimal emissions I have to pay more. If I want to choose to fly “green” I have to pay more. If I want organic apples I have to pay more. These are choices I have.

 
When it comes to seafood, for some reason, seafood buyers are not only insisting on environmental sustainable products, but also want it with third-party certification to demonstrate that you
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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 11, 2011

Following ESE those of us that travel a long way have the opportunity to look around Europe and see what is happening with seafood in a major market place.

Discussions with the people at consumer end of the industry, the retailers who deal every day with the seafood buying public, strongly confirm my own observations. That is that it is rare than anyone who actually hands over cash for their seafood ever asks questions about sustainability!

Whe… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 5, 2011

There was an EU roundtable event on sustainable seafood at the European Seafood Exposition yesterday. EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki was there along with some EU heavyweights representing all sectors of the industry. They all gave their speeches which highlighted their commitment to a reformed EU Fisheries Policy and the Commissioner confirmed that all the paperwork was in finalization before going to Parliament… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 4, 2011

You could cut the atmosphere with a knife on the Metro on the way to Heysels and the European Seafood Exposition. The packed trains highlighted how important the industry views the event. As we got off the train we were introduced to the latest anti-seafood campaign but got the firm impression it was not going to have any impact on this crowd.

Impressions were clearly that there were more people this year and certainly events hanging off the ES… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
May 3, 2011

Has it only been one year? Here we are back again in the centre of EU activities about to embark on what is clearly seen in the seafood industry worldwide as THE event to be at.

Not that we will see much of it over the next few days but the weather is fine with a chilly breeze. It’s a bracing feel that gets the blood moving.

Lots of investments have been made by all involved at the European Seafood Exposition and, as our stand builder explai… Read More

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Roy Palmer

Published on
April 29, 2011

Getting good news stories broadcast is always difficult. The shock/horror story is always more valuable to the newspaper, radio or TV people and we clearly lack a journalism ethic of wanting to research to get to the truth rather than printing what is easy to do.

Here is a case in point. The editor knows he needs a "fishy" article for just before Easter and The Age in Melbourne printed this story.

The article starts correctly with the fact that… Read More