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
August 3, 2021

Second-quarter revenue at Bloomin’ Brands doubled from 2020, driven by pent-up consumer demand and several efforts the company made to shore up sales ... 

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Published on
August 3, 2021

Chilled seafood sales continue to skyrocket in U.K. supermarkets, spiking 16.3 percent in the most recent quarter …

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Published on
August 2, 2021

After a tumultuous year of COVID-19-related closures, restaurants are back and full-service restaurants are performing especially well.

Restaurant sales increased 2.3 percent to USD 70.6 billion (EUR 58 billion) in June, reaching an all-time high for the fourth month in a row, the U.S. Census Bureau said, according to The Food Institute.

Transaction revenue at full-service restaurants, which typically feature a hefty offering of

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Published on
August 2, 2021

Seafood is being pulled from restaurant menus across the United States as it becomes too difficult – or expensive – to source.

Nearly every premium item – from lobsters and scallops to king crab and snow crab – is hard to come by these days. And prices on most items have risen at least 50 percent in the past quarter, according to Kristian Wade, executive chef at the MGM Resorts-owned Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in

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Published on
July 30, 2021

Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.-based supermarket chain Price Chopper is recalling several of its prepared stuffed seafood products that may possibly have been contaminated ... 

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Published on
July 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new massive bid request for 7.942 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock will push the agency’s pollock purchases to near-record levels.

With the latest acquisition, the agency will have purchased nearly 18.3 million pounds of Alaskan pollock for the fiscal year 2021, Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) CEO Craig Morris told SeafoodSource.

It will “firmly place the fiscal

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Published on
July 30, 2021

Meal kit provider HelloFresh has launched an online store with pantry staples that include several fresh seafood and prepared seafood items.

“The new HelloFresh Market has “a great selection” of fresh seafood, including salmon, lobster tails, shrimp, and barramundi, a company spokesperson told SeafoodSource.

"We also have ready-to-heat clam chowder and seafood gumbo,” the spokesperson said. The offerings rotate, so

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Published on
July 29, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking for bids on 320,000 pounds of breaded catfish strips.

Bids are due by 4 August for the catfish, which will be used in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. The USDA will announce winning suppliers by midnight on 11 August. The suppliers must make deliveries to several U.S. cities in January and February 2022.

In early May, the USDA requested

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Published on
July 28, 2021

Chicken of the Sea is encouraging vaccinated Americans to gather together for family occasions with a new promotion.

Consumers can enter to win one of twenty USD 500 (EUR 423) “Reunion Grants” – a total of USD 10,000 (EUR 8,500) – to ensure their outdoor gatherings “are the most memorable yet for family and friends,” Chicken of the Sea said in a press release.

"After a year filled with social distancing,

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Published on
July 28, 2021

U.S. retailers continued to experience strong sales of fresh and frozen seafood in the first half of 2021, 210 Analytics Principal Anne-Marie Roerink said she expects continued strong growth through the rest of the year.

“Yes, people are going out to restaurants and take-out continues to be strong, but they are still buying more fresh and frozen seafood,” Roerink said at the 28 July Seafood in U.S. Retail webinar, sponsored by animal

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