Aldi debuts BAP-certified seafood


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 31, 2010

Aldi just launched in more than 1,000 U.S. stores a set of private-label seafood products certified according to the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards, the GAA announced on Sunday.

“ALDI is actively engaged in industry initiatives on sustainable seafood. We support the BAP certification standard and are pleased to begin using it on a number of our private-label products,” said Daniel Malechuk, Aldi’s director of seafood purchasing. “We look forward to the continued evolution of the BAP program and its efforts to promote sustainable aquaculture.”

Aldi is a German-owned company. Its U.S. operations are headquartered in Batavia, Ill., with more than 1,000 stores located primarily from Kansas to the East Coast; the company is opening approximately 75 stores a year.

“Aldi is demonstrating the leadership skills that it is known for in the marketplace,” said GAA VP of Development Peter Redmond. “We are very excited to include Aldi to our growing list of companies that require BAP certification.”

BAP standards encompass environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability. There is about 1.2 billion pounds of BAP-certified seafood now in the global marketplace.

BAP standards have been developed for shrimp, tilapia and channel catfish farms, hatcheries and processing facilities. Standards for pangasius and feed mills are in the works. The GAA expects standards for farmed salmon to be complete by mid-2010 and for mussels later this year.

Sobeys, Topco and Sodexo are among the companies participating in the BAP program.

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