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 26, 2022

Calamari supplier The Town Dock recently expanded and redesigned its retail product line.

The Narragansett, Rhode Island, U.S.A.-based company updated its packaging, including adding a recipe on the back of each box with a QR code taking consumers directly to a recipe video showing step-by-step cooking instructions.

“Our expanded and redesigned retail offering allows us to better connect with home chefs, giving them easy access to

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Published on
January 26, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled major restaurant menu shifts – some that favor seafood and others that don’t, according to Datassential Director Kelley Fechner.

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.-based Datassential annually provides updates on menu trends in the restaurant industry at the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC). At this year’s event in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., Fechner said 60

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January 25, 2022

Two executives at a fish house in Key West, Florida, U.S.A., were arrested on warrants related to the theft of an estimated USD 2.5 million (EUR 2.2 million) worth of seafood.

Marianela Armenteros, general manager a fish house owned by the Valero-Duran Corporation, was charged with multiple counts of grand theft more than USD 100,000 (EUR 89,000) and Yamir Gonzalez-Betancourt, assistant general manager, was charged with one count of grand theft

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Published on
January 24, 2022

U.S. and Canadian mandates that their truck drivers must be vaccinated from COVID-19 are adding further complication to an already troubled supply chain. …

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January 24, 2022

Handy Seafood is partnering with Old Bay to add Chesapeake-flavored seasoning to two of its new frozen seafood products.

The Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.A.-based seafood processor’s Old Bay Crab Cake features wild-caught blue swimming crab and Old Bay seasoning. Its Old Bay Breaded Shrimp includes fresh shrimp lightly coated in a crispy Old Bay panko coating. Both products are available at retailers nationwide, Handy said in a press

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Published on
January 21, 2022

Restaurant operators face significant challenges – especially finding enough employees – but have pent-up dining demand in their favor, according to B. Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association Research and Knowledge Group.

Restaurants’ labor costs are running at the highest rate in more than 40 years, Riehle said at the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference

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Published on
January 21, 2022

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based OBI Seafoods won the majority of new pollock and salmon contracts worth nearly USD 62 million (EUR 55 million) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... 

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January 20, 2022

Australis Aquaculture is starting out 2022 with new packaging design and branding for The Better Fish barramundi line, along with two new products ... 

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January 19, 2022

Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster said Patty Trevino is joining the company in the newly created role of chief marketing officer.

"Since I joined Red Lobster a few months ago, my goal has been to build an unstoppable, aligned team of expert leaders, that come together to create amazing support for our guests and our employees. I am absolutely thrilled to have Patty join our already incredibly talented team

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Published on
January 19, 2022

Fresh and frozen seafood hit record sales in 2021, and analysts speaking at the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. on Tuesday, 18 January expect the positive sales trend to continue.

The frozen seafood category realized “amazing numbers” last year, IRI Senior Vice President Protein Practice Chris DuBois said, as sales rose 2.8 percent compared to 2020 and 40.8

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