February’s most-read: M. Slavin, Icelandic

By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
February 28, 2011

Curious what your fellow SeafoodSource readers are viewing? Here’s a look at SeafoodSource’s five most-read stories and commentaries of February 2011:

5) There’s been quite a shake-up at the Icelandic Group. Just four days into February, Icelandic Group CEO Finnbogi Baldvinsson and three other company executives quit over plans to break up one of Europe’s largest seafood suppliers. Chairman Brynjólfur Bjarnason shiftly stepped in as the company’s CEO to lead a new executive management team.

4) The U.S. Department of Agriculture on 18 February released its much-anticipated rule for inspecting domestic and imported catfish. The rule, which stems from a measure in the 2008 Farm Bill, drew praise from the domestic catfish industry and criticism from imported-seafood interests. However, the rule is only a draft, and a lot of questions still remain unanswered, including whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be relieved of its catfish-inspection responsibility and whether pangasius will be included in the new USDA program.

3) Speaking of pangasius, the World Wildlife Fund seems to be pursuing a vendetta against Vietnam’s pangasius industry. Mike Urch’s commentary, titled “WWF campaign against pangasius gathers pace,” drew a lot of interest from SeafoodSource readers this month. It’s a must-read.

2) And the winner is? Well, we won’t know for another three weeks. But on 21 February the 11 finalists of the International Boston Seafood Show’s 2011 Seafood Excellence Awards were unveiled. Among the companies vying for the best new retail product and best new foodservice product are Dish Hospitality, Fishery Products International, Morey’s Seafood International, Phillips Foods and Icelandic USA.

1) M. Slavin & Sons filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was February’s most-read story. The news broke on 16 February. Founded in the early 1900s, M. Slavin & Sons is one of New York’s oldest and largest seafood vendors.

Click here to view SeafoodSource’s five most-read stories and commentaries of January 2011.

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