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 17, 2012

Americans are shopping at several different grocery stores to get the best deals and are cutting back on “luxury” purchases, including premium seafood items, according to a new report.

The report, “Reaching Today’s Cost-Conscious Consumer,” was based on BIGInsights’ and MaxPoint Interactive’s survey of 1,000 shoppers.

The survey found that 24 percent of shoppers have cut back on purchasing prime cuts of meat and seafood as well as

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May 8, 2012

European restaurants and other seafood buyers are increasingly seeking alternative seafood sustainability certification and labels, and fish4future is one organization they are turning to.

The Oberwil, Switzerland, sustainable-seafood organization has realized more demand for its label and traceability programs. Fish4future is primarily being utilized by foodservice buyers, since supermarket chains already have label schemes and purchasing

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May 3, 2012

While many more grocery shoppers are seeking value when they shop, more than half are still buying the same amount of seafood they did before the recession, according to a new report.

Fifty-four percent of Americans continue to consume about the same amount of seafood that they did at the beginning of 2009, according to a preview of the Food Marketing Institute’s annual U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research, presented at last week’s FMI 2012,

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April 29, 2012

As part of an overall strategy to become a greener company, Hy-Vee is working with California-based conservation organization FishWise to develop a seafood sustainability program.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer, which operates more than 230 stores, began working with FishWise about eight months ago. FishWise and Hy-Vee are in the midst of analyzing all of the supermarket chain’s seafood species and suppliers, and then will determine what

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April 19, 2012

Buying sustainable seafood during their weekly shopping trips is quickly becoming a way of life for Dutch consumers. Nearly 100 percent of wild, private-label seafood sold at Albert Heijn, the Netherlands’ largest supermarket chain, and Lidl, the discount supermarket chain based in Neckarsulm, Germany, with around 10,000 stores throughout Europe, is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified.

The other major Dutch grocery chains are also

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April 17, 2012

Tesco PLC on Wednesday unveiled a GBP 1.1 billion (EUR 1.3 billion, USD 1.76 billion) strategy to boost the profitability of its UK stores, primarily by adding staff and upgrading its service counters and perishables departments.

“We are committing over GBP 1 billion to make the UK shopping trip better for customers — more staff giving improved service in-store, refreshed stores that are better and easier to shop, lower prices and even more

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April 15, 2012

If the goal of Continental Organics is to produce the purest form of tilapia available, then the company is well on its way.

The New Windsor, N.Y.-based company runs a 110,000-pound capacity tilapia farm that utilizes only certified organic plant-based feed and raises tilapia without the use of antibiotics and methyltestosterone, a sex change hormone.

“We believe that the use of methyltestosterone in aquaculture production will be the mercury

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April 10, 2012

Anova Seafood of Benelux, the Netherlands, is launching a line of frozen fish fillets with QR codes at the European Seafood Exposition, which opens in less than two weeks.

The frozen packaged line consists of 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) bags of 15 of the most commonly eaten fish in Europe, including salmon, tilapia, pangasius, cod, tuna and snapper. The product is branded as the Sea & We, which is a specially developed brand for the program.

In a

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April 2, 2012

While volume declined among U.S. retailers’ fresh meat and seafood departments in 2011, Nielsen Perishables Group executives see a bright future for fresh food sales across all types of retail outlets.

During this week’s “Fresh Ideas For Growth,” executives with the newly formed Nielsen Perishables Group shared data and consumer trends designed to help boost sales of seafood and other perishables.

Seafood volume fell 5 percent in 2011

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March 25, 2012

Global supermarket giant Tesco PLC launched its Fresh & Easy format in the United States to much fanfare in 2007. Tesco had planned to open nearly 1,000 of the 12,000-square-foot stores within five years.

However, the London-based retailer has experienced a bumpy road with Fresh & Easy across the pond and is now facing increased competition and declining profits in the U.K.

Tesco announced earlier this year that it would be

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