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
July 3, 2020

Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.-based Albertsons Companies said 100 percent of the seafood its Own Brand waterfront BISTRO and Open Nature lines will soon display the Responsible Choice logo.

The Responsible Choice logo will appear on more than 100 unique items in the two brands, which are carried throughout Albertsons Cos.’ more than 2,200 locations.

The company’s banners include Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s,

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Published on
July 2, 2020

Starting this summer, Conagra Brands’ Van de Kamp's and Mrs. Paul's frozen fish fillets and fish sticks will bear the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) blue fish label as part of a new partnership with MSC.

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.-based Conagra Brands said in a press release that the partnership will “bring more sustainably sourced fish options to American consumers and drive awareness of the importance of protecting marine

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July 2, 2020

Norpac Fisheries Export is recalling all fresh shrimp poke distributed in Hawaii because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Photo courtesy of Norpac Fisheries

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Published on
July 1, 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.-based Copper River Seafoods is thriving despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has inflicted financial pain on its in-state rivals.

With a rapid pivot to e-commerce and local sales in Alaska, the introduction of innovative new products, and a new cold storage facility, the seafood processor and supplier has survived during an existentially difficult time for the industry.

Which isn’t to say that Copper River Seafoods

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Published on
June 30, 2020

A recent spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases has put the domestic foodservice sector back on the defensive.

Some U.S. restaurants are voluntarily re-closing their dining rooms – and many states and cities are now requiring masks in all public places – as cases jumped nationwide in the past week.

As of 30 June, the U.S. has more than 2.5 million COVID-19 cases and at least 126,140 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Published on
June 29, 2020

A U.S catfish supplier has snagged a contract worth nearly USD 4 million (EUR 3.6 million) from the federal government ... 

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June 25, 2020

The National Fisheries Institute and other food industry groups are urging U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to prioritize food, agriculture, and retail workers for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Scientists have advised that COVID-19 will remain a continuous public health concern, so the importance of a vaccine cannot be overstated. A vaccine targeting COVID-19 is likely the only way to generate immunity across a

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Published on
June 25, 2020

The new CEO of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) has said the industry’s losses due to COVID-19 are “catastrophic.”

Former Sysco President and CEO Tom Bené, named CEO of the U.S. restaurant trade association last month, told Nation’s Restaurant News there were around eight million restaurant industry employees who lost their jobs or were furloughed at the height of coronavirus restrictions.

“The

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Published on
June 23, 2020

Giant Eagle is expanding its meal kit selection with a salmon meal offering, and is working with a new meal kit partner …

Photo courtesy of Giant

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June 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact the restaurant industry in the United States and the United Kingdom, as popular seafood restaurant chains close locations.

In the U.S., Houston, Texas-based Pappas Restaurants group and Carlsbad, California-based Rubio’s Coastal Grill said they are closing a number of locations.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill CEO Marc Simon confrimed that the franchise is closing 12 of its approximately 170

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