Jason Holland

Jason Holland

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

London-based seafood writer and communications consultant Jason Holland has been a contributing editor to SeafoodSource.com since January 2010. Jason has more than 25 years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor – a career that has taken him all over the world. He believes he found his true professional calling in 2004 when he started documenting the many facets of the international seafood industry and he’s particularly proud of the strong, collaborative relationships he has formed at all stages of the supply chain.

Published on
September 8, 2013

Not wishing to state the very obvious, but September has arrived. For many Brits, that means the kids have returned to school after lengthy, patience-sapping summer vacations. But there’s equal enthusiasm for the ninth month of the calendar year from shellfish lovers because 1 September brings the traditional start of the oyster-eating season.

As far as U.K. shellfish enthusiasts are concerned, the “r” at the end of “September”

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August 22, 2013

Until recently, the caviar industry was a complex, murky world shrouded in crime and corruption. While it isn’t completely free of such unsavory activities yet, the advent of sturgeon and caviar aquaculture has proved an important, Usain Bolt-like stride in the right direction.

Caviar’s gourmet appeal hasn’t waned in recent times; if anything the demand has grown. As a result and also because of various clampdowns on the wild sturgeon

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August 21, 2013

The value of Norway’s farmed Atlantic salmon exports in the first half (1H) of 2013 reached NOK 17.4 billion (USD 2.8 billion, EUR 2.2 billion), a record figure for the period, but demand has been waning in France — the product’s No.1 market.

Exports in 1H 2013 were 25 percent or NOK 3.4 billion (USD 565.3 million, EUR 432.6 million) higher than in the corresponding period of last year. For the same period, the volume of exports dropped 7

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August 13, 2013

As far as consumer-facing eco-label schemes go, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) may be the new kid on the block but ASC-approved products have already achieved a global retail value of USD 88 million (EUR 66.6 million). By the end of May, there were 416 ASC-certified products available in retail and the number was swelling at a rate of 37 per month. Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC, predicts the tally to top 1,000 products by year’s

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August 8, 2013

Britain is in the midst of a burger boom. We’re not talking about the fast food offerings that were popular long before the arrival of the first McDonald’s in London in 1974; it’s the premium or “gourmet” burger that’s wowing Brits this summer and the marketplace has become congested as a result with an abundance of restaurant launches, both homegrown and from overseas.

But before burgers became uber-trendy, sushi was by far the

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Published on
July 30, 2013

There are many examples where food producers have scored a commercial hit from rebooting old fashioned-style recipes. In most cases, sustained success has come from surpassing basic food nostalgia to make those products appeal to the broadest possible consumer base. 

One of the most effective ways to achieve that end is to adopt a contemporary approach to retail packaging design, a strategy that has worked particularly well for Norwegian

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July 25, 2013

New regulations will slow the growth of Chile’s farmed salmon production, but the industry’s future remains bright, according to a new report published by Rabobank International.

While Chile’s Atlantic salmon production is expected to increase by more than 20 percent this year, the growth will be substantially below initial estimates due to increasing challenges on the production, sanitary and financial fronts, said Rabobank. 

In its

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July 11, 2013

There’s a lot of consumer mistrust in the U.K. food industry, particularly in the wake of the European horsemeat scandal that came to prominence earlier in the year. While the country’s seafood category hasn’t been devoid of incident, it has thankfully fared better than most other proteins in recent years.

Probably the biggest blot in its copybook so far this year came as a result of campaigning chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s exposé

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June 27, 2013

Fish retailers in the United Kingdom are not making the most of the online shopping boom, according to new research conducted on behalf of the U.K. seafood authority, Seafish.

Online shopping currently accounts for more than 3 percent of the country’s overall grocery market and the food and grocery analysts IGD reckons it will grow by 98 percent over the next five years. IGD has forecast the sector will be worth more than GBP 11 billion (USD

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June 27, 2013

The Faroe Islands decision to unilaterally set a quota for herring of 105,023 metric tons (MT) has dealt another big blow to the sustainable management of Northeast Atlantic (NEA) pelagic stocks.

While the Faroes’ new quota is three times greater than the share it was entitled to under the five-party management agreement with Norway, EU, Iceland and Russia, the move wasn’t that much of a surprise to many stakeholders who felt the writing was

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