July’s most-read: Contessa, China, collagen


Steven Hedlund

Published on
July 27, 2011

Curious what your fellow SeafoodSource readers are viewing? Here’s a rundown of the website’s five most-read stories and commentaries of July 2011:

5) One of the year’s most-read stories (fifth, in fact) was also one of one July’s most-read stories. In January, Contessa Premium Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Then in early July, the San Pedro, Calif., company was acquired out of bankruptcy by Florida-based private investment firm. And just last week, former StarKist executive Donald Binotto became president and CEO of Contessa. News of Binotto’s appointment was the fifth most-read story of the month.

4) Recently I had the pleasure of chatting it up with Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods USA, about a variety of subjects affecting the global seafood trade, from China’s rising labor costs to the soft U.S. dollar to pangasius’ potential in the U.S. market. I turned the conversation into a two-part Q&A that ran on Monday and Tuesday. Click here for part one and here for part two.

3) In his latest commentary, titled “A tale of two species,” SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Jason Holland explores the intriguing dichotomy that now exists between two of the world’s major farmed seafood items — Atlantic salmon and shrimp. Early this year, prices for both reached records highs due to low supply and high demand. But now prices of one are falling while prices of the other are holding firm.

2) The news continues to improve for U.S. fisheries. Two weeks ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service released its annual report card, dubbed the “Status of U.S. Fisheries,” and the news was good. Of the 253 stocks reviewed for “overfishing” status in 2010, 213 stocks, or 84 percent, were not subject to overfishing, compared to 85 percent, or 212 out of 251 stocks, in 2009. NOAA’s assistant administrator hailed the United States for “making great progress” toward ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks.

1) July’s most-read story had about as much to do with a beverage as it did with a fish. In his “Pangasius in a can” commentary, SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mike Urch writes about a new facility operated by Vietnam’s Bianfishco that is canning a collagen energy drink produced using filleting off-cuts from the company’s pangasius processing plant.

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