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 10, 2013

Despite Tesco’s potential plans to sell Fresh & Easy, earnings for the U.S. grocery chain rose over the holiday season.

Total sales for Fresh & Easy rose 4.1 percent for the six weeks ending 5 January, while Tesco’s overall group sales increased 3.8 percent for the six weeks. “The performance was driven by a further improvement in our food business in-store and a strong contribution from online, which included our biggest ever week

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January 8, 2013

In early December, the European Parliament approved new rules empowering the European Commission to ban European Union imports of overfished mackerel.

“Bans should discourage massive overfishing of mackerel by Iceland and the Faroe Islands,” according to a statement from Parliament.

“While the regulation may be used against any third countries, the situation in the North East Atlantic is of immediate concern to all of us. Iceland has

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January 3, 2013

Sebastopol, Calif.-based Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood recently launched frozen Breaded Vegan Crab Cakes and Breaded Vegan Scallops, to add to its other vegan products: Prawns, Breaded Calamari and Breaded Fish Fillets.

“When my first daughter, Sophie, was almost two years old, she had a severe allergic reaction to a little bit of shrimp,” said Eugene Wang, founder of Sophie’s Kitchen. “I thought, ‘There should be a company creating

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December 27, 2012

Two consumer purchasing trends that will likely influence seafood sales in 2013 include the growth of private label foods and Americans cooking more at home.

According to a recent report from global market intelligence firm Mintel, nearly 30 percent of all food products launched between January and September 2012 were private label products, an increase of 4 percent compared to the same period for 2011. This trend dovetails with the move toward

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December 27, 2012

The seafood traceability program that Roche Bros. launched this fall gives the 18-store retailer an important point of differentiation in the competitive New England grocery market. The Wellesley Hills, Mass., company partnered with Boston seafood processor Foley Fish on a fully traceable, local fish campaign. With Sea Trace, Roche shoppers can scan QR codes for selected species to see the fishing vessel and the location and method of

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December 26, 2012

As U.K. diners embrace more ethnic foods, they are also seeking out seafood dishes during the holiday season and into the new year. “What we are seeing a lot of is U.K. diners embracing authentic global foods, many of which feature seafood and shellfish,” said Elizabeth Freier, associated editor for Technomic U.K.

To that end, many U.K. restaurants and pubs are featuring seafood on their menus this year, instead of or in addition to

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December 25, 2012

Tommy Bahama is the latest major U.S. retailer to feature seafood at restaurants in its stores. The company’s new flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, which opens this week, includes a 6,700-square-foot seafood-inspired eatery, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar.

Several other clothing and home goods chains also sport restaurants, and many of their menus focus on seafood. Nordstrom operates 109 restaurants and 117 specialty coffee bars

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December 20, 2012

AquaBounty, the company behind genetically modified salmon, will likely receive approval for the fish after a favorable environmental assessment from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA).

The FDA said on 21 December that the AquAdvantage fish “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States.” Importantly, the FDA also found that the genetically modified (GM) salmon is unlikely to harm

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Published on
December 19, 2012

Editor's note: SeafoodSource will not be publishing on 24 or 25 December, in observance of Christmas.

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and profit from fresh seafood sales. Many U.S. retailers are doing just that with special seafood promotions during the last two weeks of the year

“It’s our biggest two retail weeks of the year. Even our smaller retailers in the mountains do huge promotions and huge volumes of fish,” said Harry Mahlers,

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December 11, 2012

Despite increasing overseas demand, Louisiana blue crab supply has declined over the past two years, suppliers say.

“We are putting out a tremendous amount of effort for a little bit of crabs this season,” said Gary Bauer, president of processor Pontchartrain Blue Crab. Local blue crab supply from Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne are down about 40 percent this season, so Pontchartrain Blue Crab has had to source elsewhere.

“Historically, I

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