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
April 14, 2021

Following growing demand for plant-based products, seafood analog makers have been launching unique products …

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Published on
April 13, 2021

While leading quick-service restaurant chains battle over who has the best fried chicken sandwich, Red Lobster is taking a different tack.

The full-service seafood chain, which features Thai Union as one of its primary investors, introduced its Crispy Cod Sandwich during the Lenten season.

“This fried cod is so huge, it hangs off the bun,” Red Lobster said in a press release.

The sandwich, which it has nicknamed the Codzilla,

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April 13, 2021

The unprecedented disruption of seafood sales caused by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago is catching up to year-on-year sales figures.

While fresh seafood sales soared in March thanks to the early Easter holiday, frozen and shelf-stable sales dropped, compared to the huge pandemic stock-up buying spike of 2020, according to data provided to SeafoodSource.

Fresh seafood sales climbed 13.3 percent to USD 548 million (EUR 459 million),

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Published on
April 12, 2021

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is cancelling the rescheduled Symphony of Seafood events planned for this spring due to “ongoing health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the organization said in a press release.

Preparation efforts for the next installment of the event are planned to resume later this year, with the call for product to be released in August 2021.

“Before making the

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Published on
April 12, 2021

The Kingfish Company has scored a nationwide distribution deal with Whole Foods Market in the United States.

The Kats, the Netherlands-based supplier said its value-added product will be available in Whole Foods stores across the United States starting in mid-April.

The company’s yellowtail kingfish is the first ready-to-eat raw fish product introduced by Whole Foods. The fish, certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and the

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Published on
April 9, 2021

Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood distributor and processor Raw Seafoods is launching a dock-to-door delivery service ... 

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Published on
April 9, 2021

New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based Northern Pelagic Group (NorPel) has paid a USD 220,000 (EUR 185,000) fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA claimed in a press release NorPel, which maintains a significant amount of ammonia at its New Bedford facility, failed to file a risk management plan with the agency.

EPA also alleged the company had not adequately designed, operated, or maintained

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Published on
April 9, 2021

Riding a wave of growth in the plant-based food and seafood analog market, Gathered Foods’ Good Catch brand has secured USD 26.35 million (EUR 22 million) in its most recent funding round. Major investors include fish feed and agricultural goods giant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), Unovis Asset Management, and Big Idea Ventures.

"We are excited to have this important investment by LDC, a well-respected leader in the agricultural, food

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Published on
April 8, 2021

Canadian lobster suppliers are accused of taking part in a scheme that imported live lobsters from the United States and then exported them to foreign markets as products of Canada

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April 8, 2021

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market has launched its Sourced for Good program, an exclusive third-party certification program to support responsible sourcing of foods, including seafood.

The certification program includes making tangible improvements in farmworkers’ lives, strengthening worker communities where products are sourced, and promoting environmental stewardship where crops are grown, the retailer said in a press

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