Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods has become the top U.S. importer of Fair Trade-certified shrimp, following the signing of an exculsivity agreement with two of its global shrimp suppliers, Thai Union Frozen and Avanti Frozen Foods.
“This marks not only the first Fair Trade seafood or shrimp certification in India, but also the first certification of two suppliers simultaneously from different geographic regions,” COSFF, a… Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding frozen oysters linked to illnesses from sapovirus.
The oysters, exported by South Korea-based Dai One Food Co., were distributed to restaurants and retailers in several U.S. states.
Sapovirus causes sporadic gastroenteritis, similar to norovirus, in populations ranging from children to the elderly, the FDA said. The most common symptoms of sapovirus are diarrhea, vomiting,… Read More
Bristol Seafood said its profits are up due its heightened focus on value-added seafood, and as a result executives at the Portland, Maine, U.S.A.-based supplier expect continued strong sales throughout December and in 2023.
The positive performance comes amid economic headwinds and sales declines for the overall seafood industry. However, Bristol President and CEO Peter Handy said he expects the company to continue on a… Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a proposal that would see more seafood added to food packages for the Women, Infants and Children’s Supplemental Nutrition (WIC) program.
The proposed rule, the first food package update of the WIC program since 2009, includes revisions incorporating recommendations from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,… Read More
The Small Business Administration (SBA) began distributing USD 83 million (EUR 80 million) in unobligated Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants to U.S. restaurants last week.
Nearly 170 restaurants will receive the remaining funds in the program. The RRF has helped more than 100,000 restaurants and food and beverage business owners survive the Covid-19 pandemic, the SBA said in a press release.
The RRF is a USD 28.6 billion (EUR 25.5… Read More
An impending rail strike in the U.S. could further entangle supply chains and drive up inflation.
Four major railroad labor unions have rejected a tentative agreement with freight railroad companies brokered by the administration of U.S. Joe Biden over the summer. Even though eight of the 12 major railroad worker unions have ratified the agreement, several have pledged solidarity with those that have not.
The Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and… Read More
Whole Foods Market will soon stop selling Maine lobster after the Marine Stewardship Council said the fishery will have its MSC certification suspended for a second time.
The suspension, effective 15 December, 2022, stems from the same reasoning behind the fishery’s first suspension in August 2020 – a suspension that was lifted in October 2021. A court ruling in July 2022 by U.S. District Judge… Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking seafood suppliers to bid on 543,000 pounds of pollock and 154,000 pounds of domestic catfish.
The seafood will be used for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. The bids to supply catfish are due by 25 November, while the bids on pollock are due by 1 December.
The USDA has been heavily supporting domestic seafood this year in order to support… Read More
Trade groups have welcomed a relief scheme targeted at the U.K. foodservice sector announced by U.K. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on 17 November, but said they remain concerned about the country's economic situation.
Due to a revaluation process, U.K. hospitality businesses were facing a tax increase of GBP 900 million (USD 1 billion, EUR 1 billion), on top of the GBP 2.7 billion (USD 3.2 billion, EUR 3.1 billion) the sector currently pays… Read More
Inflation continues to depress U.S. seafood sales, but the sales drop in October was less than in previous months.
Shelf-stable seafood prices soared 12.5 percent, while frozen seafood prices spiked 10.2 percent, and fresh seafood prices rose 4.2 percent. Fresh shellfish prices declined by 2.7 percent, according to new data from IRI and 210 Analytics.
“October seafood inflation showed some improvement over the past year. While… Read More