Editor’s picks: Frozen phenomenon

By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
November 4, 2010

Here’s a rundown of this week’s can’t-miss SeafoodSource news stories and commentaries:

• From Young’s Fishmonger’s Choice premium cod and haddock fillets to New Zealand’s Kaipara Oysters, the United Kingdom’s retail and foodservice sectors continue to attract considerable new frozen seafood product development. Check out SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Jason Holland’s commentary “Feeding the frozen phenomenon.”

• Sainsbury’s is about to start selling sardines as kippers instead of the traditional and more familiar herring. And if sardine kippers sell well in its stores, other UK supermarket chains will surely follow suit, perhaps marking the end of an era for herring kippers. Don’t miss SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mike Urch’s commentary “Are the days of kippered herring over?

• Ruby Tuesday sells more seafood than burgers. Now casual-dining rival TGI Friday's wants in on the action. The Carrollton, Texas-based chain is testing more seafood on its Denver-area menu and has added a number of seafood items to its offerings over the past year, including in its “lighter” options and its Caribbean-inspired summer menu.

• It’s not often that omega-3 fatty acids get bad press. But this week was an exception, thanks to a study that found DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) intake has no effect on postpartum depression or infant cognitive development. So why does bad news about seafood and health spread like wildfire, while good news is often restricted to health journals and industry publications? SeafoodSource Assistant Editor April Forristall takes a crack at this question in her “Discrediting DHA” Media Watch commentary.

• Speaking of omega-3s, the 2010 International Seafood and Health Conference & Exhibition kicks off in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. Roy Palmer, one of the event organizers, talked to me about the five-day event, what its participants can expect and why this year’s event is a little different than the first two seafood and health conferences held in Bergen, Norway, in 2008 and in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Part one of the interview appeared on Wednesday, and part two ran on Thursday.

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