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
April 1, 2014

Originally published in Seafood Business Magazine

Millennials represent a new frontier for seafood marketers

Millennials are an elusive lot. These 20- to 35-year-olds have varying tastes and preferences and have become one of the most powerful purchasing groups in America. Around 77 million consumers, almost 25 percent of the U.S. population, are classified as millennials. This is a massive demographic that rivals the other big generational

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Published on
March 31, 2014

Ben Rumans, a partner in Salt Life Food Shack in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., talks about the company's new flagship restaurant in St. Augstine, Fla., and where the three-unit chain sources its local

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March 31, 2014
The U.S. seafood industry has one month to submit comments on whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should establish a sustainable seafood label and certification program.

NOAA is considering the establishment of a "sustainably caught in the U.S." type of eco-label for wild fisheries after the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) finalized its recommendations on such a label in December.

"We haven't decided

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Published on
March 27, 2014

A new organization to boost efficiencies and sustainability in Southeast Asia fisheries will be established with the help of a USD 100,000 (EUR 72,648) grant.

San Francisco, Calif.-based Give2Asia partnered with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and Our Source Consultancy to provide the initial grant that will establish the Marine Change Enterprise (MCE) organization.

MCE will analyze the current state of Asia’s fishing industry and

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Published on
March 26, 2014

For many seafood retailers, Lent is the golden season. It is the period of time — unofficially starting with the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day and continuing through Easter — during which retailers record peak sales. In recent years, grocers and fish markets have wisely upped their fresh and frozen promotions throughout the season and added volume and variety to their fresh seafood departments.

“For the past three to four years,

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Published on
March 25, 2014

The director of research and development and culinary innovation at value-added seafood product manufacturer Handy International talks about the hot culinary trends impacting the seafood industry and the company's new Fiesta Chipotle Fish

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Published on
March 24, 2014

The new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Korea and Canada will significantly increase Canada’s exports of lobster and other seafood to the country.

The Canada-Korea FTA, finalized by the two country’s governments in mid-March, is expected to boost Canada’s economy by USD 1.7 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) and increase Canadian exports to South Korea by 32 percent. The agreement mandated that all tariffs, which averaged USD 0.165 (EUR 0.119),

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Published on
March 21, 2014

New government regulations could have a devastating impact on South Australia’s seafood exports, which bring USD 250 million (EUR 181.2 million) into the state very year, commercial fishing groups say.

The Labor Government established “no take” sanctuary zones in the 19 marine parks in South Australia waters that will cause “some of the most viable fishing grounds — particularly for Southern Rock Lobster fishers — to be lost,”

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March 17, 2014

The owner of Gradient Aquaculture talks about the company's new line of seafood pastas, as well as its gluten-free seafood pastas that are in

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March 16, 2014

Discounters continue to surpass all other U.K. supermarkets in terms of sales growth and share of the market, according to data released recently by Kantar Worldpanel.

For example, Aldi’s sales jumped 33.5 percent for the 12 weeks ending 2 March GBP 1.1 million (USD 1.8 million, EUR 1.3 million), while frozen foods discounter Farm Foods sales spiked 41.8 percent to GBP 188,355 (USD 314,213/EUR 225,486). Discounter Lidl also realized a

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