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
September 26, 2022

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.-based Fish Fixe, a direct-to-consumer premium seafood company, is celebrating National Seafood Month by challenging Americans to “swap their chicken for fish and reap the vast benefits.”

“We challenge Americans this October to change their weekday dinner routine and give seafood a try more often,” Fish Fixe Co-Founder and CEO Melissa Harrington said.Instead of turning to chicken on a Tuesday

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September 26, 2022

At a time when consumer concern about grocery inflation is at an all-time high, Del Pacifico Seafoods is betting on the value proposition of shrimp. The Downey, California, U.S.A.-based specialist in Mexican shrimp is rolling out a number of new shrimp products.

Shrimp has maintained relatively stable prices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting a relative value to shoppers and diners concerned about the cost of seafood. On the other

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September 26, 2022

Darden’s fiscal first quarter 2023 earnings were impacted by high commodity costs, though its executives predict inflation will lessen in the remainder of the year.

Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based Darden, which operates LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, and several other restaurant chains, reported its net earnings per share dropped to USD 1.56 (EUR 1.56) in Q1 2023 (ending 28 August, 2022), compared to USD

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September 23, 2022

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership, the National Fisheries Institute, and other organizations and companies are going all out to educate consumers about the benefits of eating seafood during National Seafood Month and Pescatarian Month, both celebrated in October.

As the highlight of the campaign, SNP, along with the National Seafood Council Task Force and the Seafood4Health Action Coalition, are launching a pilot campaign, “Celebrate

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September 23, 2022

Foodservice distributor US Foods debuted a number of seafood dishes as part of its “Fall 2022 Scoop” lineup, which includes 22 labor-saving products designed to increase menu profitability.

The Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.A.-based broadliner’s new products include Harbor Banks Hard Cider Battered Wild Alaska Pollock, Harbor Banks Tempura Sushi, Harbor Banks Mini Crab Cakes, and Gluten-Free Crispy Battered Shrimp, and US Foods is

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September 21, 2022

Miami, Florida, U.S.A.-based crabmeat supplier Blue Star Foods extended its supply contracts with both Sysco and Avendra.

Blue Star signed a one-year extension to its multi-year supply contract with Houston, Texas, U.S.A.-based Sysco, the supplier said in a press release. The agreement is for purchasing Blue Star’s brands, which include Blue Star, Pacifika, and Good Stuff Mexican Crab Meat.

Photo courtesy of Blue Star

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September 20, 2022

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) is urging consumers to support the lobster fishery in the U.S. state of Maine on National Lobster Day and beyond after Seafood Watch downgraded the fishery to “red/avoid”.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s lower rating of North American lobster and Canadian snow crab was primarily due to potential impacts the fisheries could be having on North Atlantic right

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Published on
September 20, 2022

Rich Wolverton, who previously confirmed he is leaving his position as executive vice president of sales for Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A.-based Peter Pan Seafoods this month, is doing so on amicable terms, he told SeafoodSource.

When Wolverton started the job at Peter Pan, he agreed that he would temporarily work at Peter Pan’s office in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., then work remotely from his home in Santa Rosa, California, after salmon

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September 20, 2022

U.K. grocery inflation hit a record high in August 2022, pushing up overall grocery sales figures, while chilled seafood sales continue to decline.

Inflation reached 12.4 percent in August, according to research firm Kantar. Due to higher prices, overall take-home grocery sales rose 3.8 percent in the 12 weeks ending 4 September, according to Kantar.

“This is the third month in a row that the sector’s sales have grown after over a

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September 19, 2022

The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador and several Canadian fishing organizations are speaking out in support of the sustainability of Canadian lobster and snow crab after the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program downgraded the species to “red/avoid.”

Seafood Watch’s new rating of North American lobster and Canadian snow crab was primarily due to potential impacts the fishery could be having on North

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