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
May 18, 2009

The seafood industry constantly is constantly battling misinformation on mercury in seafood. But the misinformation popped up in an unusual place this month — a women’s fashion magazine.

The May issue of Vogue featured the article “Mercury Rising,” which focused on the writer’s concerns about eating seafood high mercury.

Studies show an “avalanche [of] danger” linked to mercury in seafood, said Bronwyn Garrity, the author. “Every

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Published on
May 17, 2009

 U.S. grocery shoppers continue to pinch pennies, including buying more private label food products at supermarkets, according to the Food Marketing Institute's new Grocery Shopper Trends 2009 report.

"Shoppers are focused on finding the best prices for the food they purchase," said Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI in Arlington, Va., which surveyed more than 2,000 consumers nationwide for the report. "It is the No. 1 reason consumers

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May 17, 2009

While the supermarket industry's sales increased 5.2 percent in 2008, its profits were offset by a 5.7 percent food-at-home inflation rate, according to a new Food Marketing Institute report.

As a result, grocery industry net profits fell to 1.43 percent last year, compared to 1.82 percent in 2007, as retailers competed for fewer consumer dollars during the recession.

"Contributing to this decline were increases in the costs of goods, health

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May 14, 2009

Seafood will be a small but growing part of the grocery store-within-a-store departments Target Corp. is adding to 100 of its stores by year's end.

After testing the "PFresh" mini food sections in two Target stores in Minneapolis last year, the concept was expanded to eight new stores in six U.S. states in March. The concept has been such a success that executives plan to include the dry grocery and perishable food sections in 100 new and

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April 26, 2009

One Prince Edward Island fish coop manager is on a mission to make lobster, crab and other seafood from PEI stand apart from all other seafood.
 
"For the most part, our seafood is labeled, 'Product of Canada.' It is all the same," said Eric Wagner, manager of Hardy's Channel Fish Coop and a lobsterman in Ellerslie, PEI.
 
Buyers from other countries buy Prince Edward Island seafood, process it and repackage it as their own, Wagner pointed out.



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April 18, 2009

Canned, refrigerated and frozen seafood products are muscling their way into drug and convenience stores across the United States, as both channels add more food offerings to their shelves.While convenience chains have been ramping up their fresh and frozen food selections for several years, many drug chains have added more food selections over the past year or so.
 
In 2008, Walgreen Co. rolled out its Café W concept featuring a beverage

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April 15, 2009

As Americans look for ways to save money, overall sales of private-label seafood products are up slightly overall.
 
And sales of certain private-label seafood products increased dramatically at U.S. retail outlets over the past year. Some of the biggest gainers were shelf-stable tuna, up 26 percent; canned shrimp, up 29.9 percent; and unbreaded frozen fish, up 10.8 percent. That's according to The Nielsen Co., which tracked seafood sales in

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April 8, 2009

Publix Super Market plans to expand the mix of store-brand seafood soups, chowders, sauces and butters in its refrigerated seafood cases.
 
The Lakeland, Fla.-based supermarket chain, with 1,001 stores across the Southeast, in February launched a line of seafood Finishing Butters in three flavors: Cajun, Lemon Herb and Sun-Dried Tomato. The 4-ounce brightly-colored packages retail for around USD 2.99 (EUR 2.26) each.
 
Publix-brand Finishing



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April 5, 2009

Wegmans, a 72-store supermarket chain in based Rochester, N.Y., recently added to the list of seafood species it will not sell because the retailer believes they are not sustainable.

In addition, the upscale retailer added a "Seafood Sustainability" section to its Web site with information on the sustainable seafood species it carries.

Wegmans added Atlantic halibut in January to its list of seafood it will not sell, which includes bluefin tuna

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April 3, 2009

Reduced demand and damage from the 2008 hurricanes is resulting in lower Florida stone crab landings for the ongoing 2008-09 season. At the same time, the industry is battling lower prices for stone crab.
 
"Ex-vessel prices have been down, and the supply has varied throughout the Gulf Coast fishery," said Scott Zimmerman, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fisheries Association in Marathon, Fla.
 
The state's stone crab season runs



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