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
February 3, 2013

Major global canned tuna players Unicord and Thai Union Manufacturing (TUM) last week disputed the recent allegations of child labor and other labor violations at their Thai canned tuna factories.

“Our code of conduct explicitly prohibits the employment of individuals under legal working age, and we refuse allegations to the contrary,” according to a statement from TUM, the parent company of Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, and

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January 30, 2013

Seafood exports from Myanmar are set to grow significantly this year, as European Union trade restrictions begin to lift, according to a new economic analysis.

“The EU expects this year to implement a plan to import all cultured (farmed) product from Myanmar,” said Willem van der Pijl, business developer and consultant for The Netherlands-based socio-economic research firm LEI Wageningen UR, which produced the report.

Buyers from the EU, the

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January 30, 2013

Protein dishes — including seafood — were more popular in U.S. restaurants in 2012 than in 2011, according to new research.

After analyzing more than 250 million checks from restaurants and bars, foodservice research firm GuestMetrics found that protein dishes grew in sales by 2.1 percent in 2012, compared to non-protein dishes, which grew at a rate of 0.3 percent. Protein dishes accounted for 49 percent of restaurants’ food sales,

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January 24, 2013

Chicken of the Sea and other global private label and branded canned tuna lines are the target of a recent investigation involving child labor and other violations at tuna factories in Thailand.

The new report from the Helsinki-based NGO Finnwatch Association details the organization’s investigation into labor practices at canned tuna plants operated by Thai Union Manufacturing, the parent company of Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire,

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January 23, 2013

Alaska government officials expressed their concerns about Alaska salmon producers that plan to continue with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification after a recent meeting in Anchorage.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have been vocal about the harmful impact they believe that MSC certification has on Alaskan salmon trade since the Seattle, Wash.-based Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) agreed to serve as the client

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January 21, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand-based Seafresh Industry established a North American sales office for its frozen farmed shrimp late last week.

Sea Farms Inc. dba Smart Seafood, based in Seattle, Wash., with a Midwest regional sale office in Wichita, Ks., will sell to North American retailers and, in the near future, foodservice and national restaurant chains. Seafresh, which has approximately USD 200 million (EUR 150 million) in annual group sales, set

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January 20, 2013

Richmond, B.C.-based seafood distributor Albion Fisheries recently moved its operations to a new state-of-the-art facility in Richmond.

The USD 20 million facility and technology upgrade expands Albion’s head office and distribution/processing facilities to 65,000 square feet, from 48,000 square feet at its previous facility in Vancouver.  

Integral in the upgrades is a new computer system with bar code tracking, that allows traceability for

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January 17, 2013

After launching its shelf-stable seafood meals last fall, Fishpeople already has distribution in natural food chains such as Whole Foods Market and will soon be in the Kroger-owned chains Fred Meyer and QFC in the Pacific Northwest. The unique products, packaged in shelf-stable, ready-to-heat pouches, retail for USD 5.99 per 7-ounce package. The four meal varieties are: Salmon in Chardonnay Dill Cream Sauce, Smoked Salmon and Smoked Oyster

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January 14, 2013

In the era of large supermarkets and mass merchandisers, many independent fish markets are still flourishing. It seems that the successful mom-and-pop operators across the nation have a few qualities in common, helping them survive competition from grocery stores, large fish markets and other seafood retailers.

All single-store operators agree that good old-fashioned quality and service are the keys to their success. While shoppers may cut back

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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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