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
January 19, 2021

After being forced to close some locations in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Long John Silver’s plans to come back strong this year, naming a new CEO and unveiling a revitalization plan.

Blain Shortreed, who joined the Louisville, Kentucky-based restaurant chain in 2019 as chief operating officer, was recently named as the company’s new chief executive officer. Prior to joining Long John Silver’s, Shortreed spent 28 years

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Published on
January 18, 2021

Restaurants in Washington D.C. have faced a series of calamaties in recent months.

First came the COVID-19 pandemic, which closed down restaurants in March and April. Then came protests throughout the summer, which caused damage to restaurants and caused some to temporarily close.

Now, due to the riots and violence at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. on 6 January, and concerns about continued violence during U.S. President-elect Joe

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Published on
January 15, 2021

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s USD 1.9 trillion (EUR 1.6 trillion) stimulus plan, proposed on 14 January, offers financial relief for businesses and the hard-hit restaurant industry…

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Published on
January 15, 2021

While 2020 has been the hardest year the U.S. restaurant industry has ever faced, some analysts and seafood suppliers expect to see the industry rebound in 2021.

Major foodservice distributor US Foods, for example, is optimistic about a restaurant-sector recovery, as more Americans obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and return to dining out, according to its chairman and CEO, Pietro Satriano.

“It is poised for recovery in the medium- to

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Published on
January 14, 2021

Foodservice distributor Sysco will significantly increase its purchases of certified responsible seafood by 2025, as part of an enhanced commitment with its partner, World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The Houston, Texas, U.S.A.-based distributor will also expand its current responsible sourcing program for its U.S. broadline business to include sourcing for its specialty and Canadian broadline business, Sysco said in a press release. It is adding new

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Published on
January 14, 2021

While many seafood processors are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lund’s Fisheries is expanding its storage and processing space, and hiring a slate of executives to fuel growth of value-added lines – primarily to foodservice.

The Cape May, New Jersey, U.S.A.-based company, which owns 19 fishing vessels and has production facilities in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California, will break ground on a

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Published on
January 13, 2021

Giant Food is debuting a private label cook-in-bag line of meal solutions that include both meat and seafood entrees.

The Landover, Maryland-based operator of 164 grocery stores joins other grocery chains offering similar solutions, such as Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based The Giant Company and Lakeland, Florida-based Publix.

Giant Food’s new line includes 14 different meat and seafood entrees that come pre-seasoned or marinated in an

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Published on
January 12, 2021

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now purchasing cooked seafood as part of its Farmers to Families Food Box program, and recently awarded a contract for purchasing walleye for child nutrition …

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Published on
January 11, 2021

Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) named Jim Motos, senior vice president of the Consumer Brands Division of Rich Products Corp., as its new board chairman, while Paul Doremus, deputy assistant administrator for operations at NOAA Fisheries, was named vice chair. Jason Driskill, senior director of seafood for retailer H-E-B, also joined the board.

Steve Hart, vice president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, will move to immediate past chair

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Published on
January 11, 2021

Kvarøy Arctic has named Chris Cumming – most recently senior sales manager at Pacifico Aquaculture – as its first U.S. vice president of sales ... 

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