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
September 22, 2021

There were record investments in the U.S. plant-based seafood analog sector in the first half of 2021, according to new data from the Good Food Institute, the trade group representing the industry.

Investments in plant-based, cellular, and fermented seafood products totaled USD 116 million (EUR 99 million) of invested capital in the first half of this year, GFI said in its newly published “State of the Industry Report: Alternative

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Published on
September 21, 2021

The two largest grocery companies in the United States have announced they will be raising prices. Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger, which operates more than 2,800 outlets in the U.S., announced inflation in the U.S. economy has forced it to raise its retail prices ... 

Photo courtesy of Jonathan

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Published on
September 21, 2021

The U.S. seafood industry is getting behind promotions surrounding October’s designation as National Pescatarian Month and National Seafood Month. The designations, along with September’s status as Family Meals Month, are expected to boost sales and recognition of seafood at retail and foodservice.

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is celebrating its second annual National Pescatarian Month this October, sponsored by its

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Published on
September 20, 2021

Bristol Bay Native Corporation is partnering with the Seattle Kraken, a new expansion franchise in the National Hockey League. With the deal, BBNC becomes is the latest seafood company to land a major sports marketing partnership to boost sales and recognition of its products.

The BBNC and Seattle Kraken team-up will the Bristol Bay region to be “prominently represented throughout Climate Pledge Arena on hundreds of TV screens

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Published on
September 16, 2021

Los Angeles, California, U.S.-based Fishwife Tinned Seafood Co. has launched its third core product: smoked salmon sourced from sustainable Atlantic salmon producer Kvarøy Arctic …

Photo courtesy of Kvarøy Arctic,

Photo by Stephanie Gonot, styling by Amy

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Published on
September 16, 2021

Milan, Italy-based Poke House has opened its first location in the United Kingdom.

The chain, which operates 55 restaurants in Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal, opened the restaurant in Notting Hill, London, “allowing Brits to experience its notorious Californian soul and Hawaiian taste,” the company said in a press release.

In April, Poke House raised EUR 20 million (USD 24 million) to expand its poke bowls delivery concept

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Published on
September 15, 2021

The owner of a Baltimore, Maryland-based seafood processor has pleaded guilty to unlawful employment of undocumented workers and visa fraud.

Phillip J. “Jamie” Harrington III, owner of Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc., pleaded guilty to the charges this week stemming from illegal actions he took from 2013 through 2018, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

“Over a five-year period,

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Published on
September 15, 2021

Thai Union brand John West is debuting a new nutrient-rich canned tuna range in U.K. grocery outlets.

Since COVID-19 has boosted the demand for healthy and functional foods, the line offers “additional functional health benefits for consumers who live a busy, active lifestyle and want to make healthier choices they feel good about,” John West said in a press release.

The tuna is available in Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, and Ocado

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Published on
September 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said will soon dole out USD 50 million (EUR 42 million) in grants via its Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant.

The agency will soon publish requests for applications for the new COVID-19 relief program for seafood processors as well as for its Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program “to support agricultural stakeholders who haven’t yet received substantial

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Published on
September 14, 2021

Plant-based seafood analog distribution is growing in North America, but the overall category still makes up a very small share of the overall seafood market.

Plant-based seafood analogs accounted for a mere 0.1 percent of the retail dollar share amount of all seafood products in the United States in 2020, according to the Good Food Institute.

But the trade group representing the plant-based sector said sales could grow significantly in the

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