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 27, 2021

Plant-based seafood analogs are expanding in North America due to new offerings and partnerships …

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Published on
July 27, 2021

Through the past year-and-a-half, the U.S. government issued hundreds of billions of dollars in rescue funding for companies facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But its efforts have come under criticism from those who feel their businesses were unfairly excluded from the rescue programs and from entities that received less funding than their competitors.

In the latest round of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund passed by U.S.

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Published on
July 27, 2021

The U.S. Department of is seeking 74,480 cases of the wild salmon for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

Bids are due by 5 August, and acceptances will be announced by midnight on 13 August. The winning suppliers will be required to make deliveries to several U.S. cities between October and December 2021.

Separately, the USDA recently purchased nearly USD 29 million (EUR 24.5 million)

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Published on
July 27, 2021

Conveyer belt sushi chain Kura Sushi USA is planning to raise USD 54 million (EUR 46 million) via a public offering of nearly 1.3 million shares of its stock …

Photo courtesy of Kura Sushi

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Published on
July 23, 2021

Rising seafood prices due to inflation continue to cause concern among the entire industry, including retail and foodservice buyers.

Frozen seafood prices experienced the biggest gain in the second quarter of this year – up 9.2 percent versus the same quarter in 2019 to USD 6.96 (EUR 5.95) per pound on average in U.S. grocery stores and mass retailers, according to IRI and 210 Analytics. Frozen prices also grew 3.2 percent in the quarter

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July 22, 2021

A class-action lawsuit alleging that P.F. Chang’s use of an imitation crab mix – spelled “krab” on its menu – is confusing to customers has been dismissed ... 

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Published on
July 20, 2021

The Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division (NAD) has determined pouched and canned tuna supplier Safe Catch provided a “reasonable basis” for several mercury and sustainability ad claims, but recommended that others be modified or discontinued.

NAD is not affiliated with the Better Business Bureau. It is a division of BBB National Programs, an independent non-profit organization.

The National Fisheries Institute

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Published on
July 20, 2021

The National Seafood Council Task Force launched a scholarship program in order to engage more small- and medium-sized seafood businesses in participating in developing a national seafood marketing and education program.

The task force is seeking nominations for seafood business leaders whose annual company revenue is less than USD 20 million (EUR 17 million), in order to be representative of the entire seafood supply chain, Seafood Nutrition

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Published on
July 20, 2021

Sainsbury’s is closing down its wholesale operations to focus on its core business, according to a news report.

The London, U.K.-based supermarket chain operates more than 1,400 outlets, giving it a 16 percent share of the sector in the country. While Sainsbury’s has attempted to become a force in wholesale for several years, that strategy has now changed, according to The Grocer.

“As part of our plan to put food back at

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Published on
July 19, 2021

Good Catch has revealed the Long John Silver’s fast-food restaurant chain is testing the company’s plant-based fish analog in sandwiches as part of a limited test run ... 

Photo courtesy of Long John

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