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… Read More
While the U.K. government said last week it will provide funding to commercial fishermen impacted by this winter’s severe storms, fishing organizations are concerned about how much of the funds will get to those hardest hit.
From mid-December through February, high winds and flooding in many areas of the country have damaged vessels and kept boats out of the water, causing millions of GBP in losses.
At a meeting last week with U.K. Fisheries… Read More
Why is the U.S. aquaculture industry so vital to the country’s economy?
In the U.S., we import about 90 percent of the seafood we eat, and we have a trade deficit in imports of more than USD 11 billion. If you compare that to terrestial agriculture in the U.S., we have a trade surplus of more than USD 40 billion. That is unacceptable to me. We should be leading the industry in aquaculture, just as we do in every other segment of… Read More
Recognizing that the 5 March through 17 April Lenten season is the best time of year to sell seafood, a number of U.S. restaurant chains recently launched limited-time seafood offers.
“During Lent, we see 25 percent to 40 percent increases in our weekly unit volumes,” Charles St. Clair, chief marketing officer at Long John Silver’s (LJS), told SeafoodSource. Plus, the consumer awareness that LJS generates from its Lent promotions help… Read More
Dungeness crab landings are lower across the U.S. West Coast this season, driving prices higher.
“It is pretty dismal, compared to the banner year we just came off of,” Peter Calvass, marine biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told SeafoodSource. As of mid-February, fishermen landed 10.7 million pounds of Dungeness crab statewide, compared to 24.4 million pounds for the full season in 2013. The ex-vessel value… Read More
Contrary to other independent fish markets that are reducing their fresh seafood selection to control costs, 98-year-old Robert’s Seafood Market in Springfield, Ill., has increased its fresh offerings. Expansion is the name of the game for Robert’s, which also completed a major renovation in December, nearly doubling its space to 2,500 square feet and increasing its prepared seafood and non-seafood grocery selection.
The longstanding… Read More
The co-founder and managing member of DNA testing lab Therion International updates listeners on the seafood fraud and mislabeling problem in the U.S. Gergits will be speaking on and moderating a panel, Seafood Mislabeling and Fraud, at Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America, 16 to 18 March, in… Read More
With a Mardi Gras festivities and the Lenten season beginning on 5 March, it is certainly a tough time of year to have reduced crawfish supply from Louisiana.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening because of record cold temperatures in the region. Buyers and farmed crawfish suppliers estimate that current pond production is off 90 percent compared to what it typically is this time of year.
“The numbers are fairly bleak. The water… Read More