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 2, 2010

Despite the exit of Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House restaurant from its resort-casino at the end of May, the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Miss., will continue to use substantial amounts of local seafood. The popular Emeril’s eatery will be replaced with the 9,000-square-foot Carter Green Steakhouse, an Island View-operated fine dining steak and seafood concept, in early July.

But that is not the only dining option enjoyed by locals

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May 2, 2010

A number of U.S. restaurant chains and independent eateries are promoting seafood over this coming Mother’s Day weekend, and sales are expected to be strong.

Mother’s Day is the most popular dining-out holiday and second most popular dining-out occasion, following birthdays, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Market research firm IBISWorld is projecting a 4.7 percent increase in Americans’ spending on a “special outing”

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April 28, 2010

The National Fisheries Institute on Thursday criticized the fourth installment of Greenpeace’s retail seafood sustainability report.

On Wednesday, Greenpeace released an update of its “Carting Away the Oceans” report, which gives supermarkets a passing or failing grade on their seafood sustainability. In the report, Greenpeace said that Target had moved to the top of its sustainability ranking, thanks to its new purchasing policy that

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Published on
April 25, 2010

 

After the Institute of Medicine issued a report last week saying that Americans consume an average of 1.5 teaspoons of salt daily and calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set mandatory national standards on sodium in food, the FDA issued a counter-response.

The FDA is reviewing the IOM report and will continue working with other federal agencies and the food industry in efforts to reduce sodium levels in food. It is not,

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Published on
April 21, 2010

U.S. seafood exporters and importers are expressing relief that many European flights resumed on Wednesday after being grounded due to Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which is still erupting but spewing less ash.

According to Eurocontrol, the European Union’s air traffic agency, approximately 22,500 flights were expected to take off in European airspace on Wednesday, 80 percent of the total number of flights on a typical Wednesday, and

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Published on
April 18, 2010

While U.S. retailers realize that consumers are eating out less and preparing more food at home, they often fail to capitalize on that trend.

New research and advice from the NPD Group, Willard Bishop Consulting and the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council aim to help supermarkets become the source for quick, healthy meals.

If retailers become consumers' meal solutions provider, a grocery store with sales of USD 500,000 a week, for example, can

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Published on
April 18, 2010

Pese a que los comercios minoristas estadounidenses se dan cuenta de que los consumidores comen menos fuera y cocinan más en sus casas, no aciertan a sacar partido a tal tendencia.

Los nuevos enfoques de investigación y orientación de NPD Group, Willard Bishop Consulting y Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council están dirigidos a ayudar a los supermercados a convertirse en una fuente de comidas rápidas y saludables.

Si los comercios minoristas

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Published on
April 18, 2010

The Canadian snow crab fishery is facing a tough season, and prices are expected to be slightly higher for retail and foodservice customers.

Soon after the season opened in early April, there are already disputes between Newfoundland fishermen and the Canadian government’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, which set raw material prices for snow crab at USD 1.35 a pound this season. The boat price is slightly higher than last season but below

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Published on
April 12, 2010

Consumers are looking for more sustainable, local restaurant food, and Michael Madigan aims to fill that niche. Madigan, owner and executive chef of Farm 2 Bistro in Nutley, N.J., recently added two additional locations. The second Farm 2 Bistro opened in Rockaway, N.J., in February, and the third is slated to open 1 May in Knowlton, N.J.

The Farm 2 Bistro concept has been successful, said Madigan, because the areas are "starved" for restaurants

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Published on
March 31, 2010

U.S. retailers are wrapping up their Lenten season with new seafood promotions for Good Friday — the day Catholics abstain from eating red meat — and Easter weekend.

Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant Wal-Mart, which unveiled this week that just over half (51 percent) of its sales are now from groceries, is running several seafood promotions throughout the weekend.

At Wal-Mart Supercenters in the Southeast, the chain’s specials include:

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