The restaurant industry’s financial performance for the remainder of 2013 will not be quite as high as expected, according to new data from foodservice consulting firm Technomic Inc. However, upscale steak and seafood restaurants will fare well this year and the overall industry will pick up again in 2014.
In January of this year, Technomic said that foodservice industry sales would grow at a rate of 3.9 percent in 2013, compared to 2012. Now,… Read More
A bill that would change how the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) operates threatens to harm the state’s fisheries and future funding, according to the board’s new chairman.
Chef John Folse, owner of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans and Chef John Folse & Company Manufacturing, was elected as the LSPMB chairman in mid-May. Folse is very concerned over Senate Bill 167, which shifts the LSPMB from an autonomous… Read More
Alaska’s Copper River salmon season started out with rough weather and low landings, but has since picked up.
When the season started on 16 May, fishermen landed around 82,000 sockeye salmon, 700 king salmon and 1,600 chum salmon.
“The weather was definitely a factor. The winds were at 40 knots, and the water was rough and choppy. Plus, the king salmon inside closure is in effect,” said Jeremy Boatz, area management biologist with the Alaska… Read More
Supermarket sales of prepared foods have risen significantly in the past few years, yet many stores lack a variety of customized, portable seafood options. Grocery stores and fish markets can play to consumers’ growing desire for ethnic flavors, customized retail meals and individual portions to boost ready-to-eat seafood sales.
Since the recession, some retailers have been wary about featuring prepared seafood meals because they are typically… Read More
Researchers found heart defects and reproductive problems in fish that they attribute to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill three years ago.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis, as well as facilities in Louisiana and South Carolina, published the findings in the April 22 issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
They found that Gulf killifish embryos exposed to sediments from oiled locations show developmental… Read More
While millions of Americans dined out for Mother’s Day, numerous families also grilled seafood or prepared seafood meals at home for mom.
As a result, fish markets and grocery stores across the country capitalized on seafood sales with sampling events and specials. For example, Bend, Ore.-based C.E. Lovejoy’s Market in Brookswood held a special “Outdoor Fish Market & Live Lobster Drop” on 11 May. The event featured live lobster and… Read More
U.S. restaurants will soon be sporting menus, counter cards and other materials with a new vintage Alaska cod logo.
“Cod is so plentiful right now, and we wanted to make a vintage design to represent the longstanding tradition that cod has in Alaska,” Claudia Hogue, foodservice marketing director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), told SeafoodSource.
The fresh Alaska cod season starts in the winter, and cod is available… Read More
On 1 May, Jose Andres, celebrity chef, launched the U.S. Jose Andres Foods grocery line that includes canned Sardines in Olive Oil and Mussels in “Escabeche,” along with seafood paella kits. Andres, the president of ThinkFoodGroup, the operator of numerous restaurants — and TV personality — talked to SeafoodSource about how his products were developed and where they will be distributed.
Blank: Why did you want to feature seafood in Jose… Read More
As the comment period on the FDA’s environmental assessment of genetically engineered salmon comes to a close on 26 April, several groups are criticizing the agency’s review process.
Nearly 1.5 million people — the majority opposing the approval of Aqua Bounty’s AquAdvantage salmon — have commented on the FDA review since late December.
“FDA needs to put interests of the public ahead of those from the biotech industry, which appear to… Read More
The purpose behind the new fresh Jail Island Seafood line is to bring local, high quality, traceable fish to retailers and restaurants throughout southeastern Canada.
The line was launched on 15 April by Halifax, Nova Scotia-based A.C. Covert Distributors, a subsidiary of True North Salmon — the sales and marketing arm of Cooke Aquaculture. A.C. Covert has started supplying hook and line caught halibut to a restaurant in Nova Scotia and other… Read More