Keisuke Furuike, president of Seaborn Japan Ltd., a lobster importer based in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, said lobster prices remain relatively low this year, and the Japanese yen remains fairly high, despite some weakening recently.
But low prices for Canadian lobster may not last all that long in Asia if Chinese demand increases.
"We're very anxious about China," said Furuike. "If Chinese demand gets bigger, the price will be higher. Spiny
At the recent FOODEX trade show in Japan, cold-smoked salmon was offered by two companies. While most lox sold in Japan is made from Atlantic salmon, often Norwegian, both of these companies were offering other species.
Marutoh Marine of Ishinomaki City, Miyage Prefecture, a subsidiary of Tokai Denpun, displayed domestically farmed coho, or silver, salmon lox, branded as "Beer Rich Salmon."
Yeast from a Kirin brewery is incorporated into the feed,
Farmed grouper production is growing in Japan, where the fish is popular for winter “nabe” hotpot dishes.
E-gyo is an Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture-based aquaculture company that promoted farmed grouper at this year’s FOODEX show near Tokyo. “E” stands for Ehime, and “gyo” means fish. The company began grouper culture three years ago. It raises seven-band grouper, also called “convict grouper,” in reference to the striped… Read More
Three companies specializing in seafood snacks exhibited at the Foodex trade show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, from 2 to 5 March.
Foodex is held annually, with approximately 2,400 exhibitors from nearly 60 countries. Last year’s show had about 78,000 visitors, while this year’s had fewer, 73,556 over the four-day event.
A Korean company, Gangneung City-based Shin Han Sung Food, offers simple roasted squid: whole, sliced… Read More
SeaWatch International Ltd., the world’s largest harvester and processor of clams, exhibited at this week’s Foodex Japan 2010, Asia’s biggest food and beverage trade show, for the first time this year. It is the only overseas trade show at which the company will exhibit this year.
“We do very little exhibiting outside the country, but with the situation so tight in the U.S. now, we decided it would be a good time to try to drum up some… Read More
A recent paper in Science magazine recommends that developed nations pay to help developing nations produce sustainable seafood.
The paper's authors are members of the working group "Envisioning a Sustainable Global Seafood Market and Restored Marine Ecosystems," which is made up of 20 economists, marine scientists and seafood experts. They're funded by the U.S. government through the National Center for Ecological Analysis and
Two yellowtail exporters will be among the 10 companies sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the International Boston Seafood Show from 14 to 16 March. Both companies also exhibited at the three-day event’s Japan Pavilion last year.
Morimatsu Suisan Reito Co. Ltd. is based in Ehime Prefecture, on Shikoku Island. The company promotes its products under the brand “Rumi Japan.” Staff members who… Read More
The sour economy and the trend toward convenient foods are benefiting sales of nabe, a traditional Japanese stew featuring seafood.
"Because of the bad economy, the trend of eating at home is becoming strong, and nabe has been spotlighted as a food that can be cooked easily at home," said Hiroyuki Horiwaki, who's in charge of nabe products at Fukuoka-based seasoning and sauce maker Daisho Co. Ltd.
Nabe means "pot" in Japanese, and a stew cooked
A tuna burger on the menu at Japan’s MOS Burger chain from 6 January to 8 February has been so well received by customers that the targeted volume of 200 million meals sold out prematurely, the chain posted on its Web site on 22 January.
The Gochiso Tuna Burger costs JPY 320 (USD 3.60, EUR 2.53), and customers can choose between two types of sauce. Japanese actress, singer and model Yuuki Maomi served as a celebrity spokesperson during a MOS… Read More
Dr. Cathy Roheim is a professor in the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and director of the URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative, a collaboration between the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program and URI’s College of Environment and Life Sciences.
In part two of a two-part Q&A, Roheim talks to SeafoodSource about consumer awareness of sustainable fisheries and the high cost of… Read More