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
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 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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Published on
March 29, 2010

The United States’ temporary import ban on wild shrimp from Mexico should have little impact on the U.S. shrimp supply, according to a major supplier.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced that it’s prohibiting Mexico from exporting wild shrimp to the United States, effective 20 April, because a limited number of Mexican trawlers fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Sea of Cortez are not using turtle excluder devices (TEDs) properly

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Published on
March 28, 2010

The Bostonian Restaurant inside Hong Kong’s posh Langham Hotel is one of the country’s first to showcase a fully sustainable seafood menu.

The new à la carte menu — which includes Norwegian farmed salmon, Maine lobster and wild kingfish from New Zealand — is an essential complement to the eatery’s other offerings, such as grass-fed beef and locally-grown produce, said executive chef Mark Bannon. The menu, launched in early March, has

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Published on
March 16, 2010

After years in the restaurant industry, Leah Caplan was excited to make the shift to executive chef of two-store retailer Metcalfe’s Markets in Madison, Wis., late last year. The former chef and proprietor of the Washington Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary School in Washington Island, Wis., now heads up recipe development and shopper education for the gourmet-style stores that highlight local, organic foods. Caplan is using her experience —

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Published on
March 16, 2010

After years in the restaurant industry, Leah Caplan was excited to make the shift to executive chef of two-store retailer Metcalfe’s Markets in Madison, Wis., late last year. The former chef and proprietor of the Washington Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary School in Washington Island, Wis., now heads up recipe development and shopper education for the gourmet-style stores that highlight local, organic foods. Caplan is using her experience —

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Published on
March 16, 2010

Americans are eating more seafood to improve their health, according to a new study from the Food Marketing Institute and American Meat Institute.

The annual Power of Meat study, based on a survey of about 1,170 consumers nationwide, found that 28 percent are regularly buying more seafood to improve their eating habits.

“As part of shoppers’ healthy-eating strategies, they are most likely to cut back on portion sizes or second helpings,

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Published on
March 1, 2010

Soon after a rally against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s red snapper fishing ban drew around 4,000 protestors from the industry to Capitol Hill, several congressman are introducing legislation to overturn the ban.

Last week, recreational and commercial fishermen, along with their respective associations, staged a protest in Washington, D.C. They also met with legislators who support their cause.

“We had about 50

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Published on
February 28, 2010

No one was more surprised then Manager Carlos Rosas when he got a call saying that his small fried and smoked seafood shack was receiving a James Beard Award. In early February, the James Beard Foundation designated its “America’s Classics” award to Calumet Fisheries, an 82-year-old seafood takeout place in Chicago’s South Side. Granted, the fast food-style eatery – which has no seating – has been a longtime favorite of locals and

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