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
October 18, 2021

Seafood suppliers and retailers in the United Kingdom are continuing to face supply chain challenges, and new research shows grocery prices are rising. However, consumer interest in seafood has not waned, with seafood sales soaring over the summer ... 

Photo courtesy of Yau Ming

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Published on
October 13, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting with public and private industry leaders on Wednesday, 13 October, with the goal of using federal action to ease shipping delays before the end-of-year holiday season.

The White House announced prior to the meeting a plan that will move the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California – which have faced significant congestion through the past two months – toward 24/7 operations.

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Published on
October 12, 2021

Frozen and fresh seafood sales reached nearly USD 5.5 billion (EUR 4.8 billion) in sales for the first nine months of 2021, with fresh sales leading the way in dollar and volume growth, according to new data.

Fresh seafood sales spiked 3.9 percent by value and 2.9 percent by volume and frozen seafood sales grew 2 percent by value, but shrunk 2.4 percent by volume through the first three quarters of 2021, according to research firms IRI and 210

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Published on
October 12, 2021

Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.-based Northeast Seafood Products has recalled several fresh seafood products and temporarily shut down production after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration traced a major salmonella outbreak to the supplier.

The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local authorities in Colorado

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Published on
October 11, 2021

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.-based Conagra, the manufacturer of seafood brands Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s, is expecting higher inflation in 2022, which it said may lead it to make pricing adjustments ... 

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Published on
October 6, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s refusals of imports of shrimp due to contamination by antibiotics is at its highest rate since 2016, according to new data ... 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug

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Published on
October 5, 2021

Major U.S. hospitality supplier Aramark is committing to increase local seafood sourcing in New England via a partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI).

Coinciding with the start of National Seafood Month, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.-based Aramark said in a press release that all of its higher education, healthcare, and business dining accounts in New England will pursue several local sustainable sourcing goals over the

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Published on
October 5, 2021

U.S. restaurants, seafood suppliers, and organizations have launched marketing programs to boost seafood sales during National Seafood Month in October.

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier and restaurant operator Phillips Foods is running a sweepstakes for consumers to win a year of free seafood. The contest, which Phillips has run for the past 10 years during National Seafood Month, runs through 31 October. The winner has their

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Published on
October 4, 2021

Stonington, Maine, U.S.A.-based Greenhead Lobster Products is recalling 5,749 pounds of frozen cooked lobster meat because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes ... 

Photo courtesy of Greenhead

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Published on
October 1, 2021

Most U.S. restaurants are paying more for food, labor, and rent, according to a new survey, and a trade group representing the industry is concerned that the sector's recovery will be pushed well into 2022.

The new National Restaurant Assocation survey found 91 percent of restaurant operators are paying more for food, 84 percent report higher labor costs, and 63 percent are paying higher occupancy costs. Additionally, 95 percent of

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