In brief: Cobia arrives in France

Norway’s Marine Farms on Thursday announced that it reached an exclusive agreement with French importer Gelazur to distribute cobia in the French market.


Gelazur will launch the product at a hotel catering exhibition, SIRHA, 22 to 26 January. Beginning in February, the company will offer a range of cobia loins and fillet portions to catering and retail customers. The launch will also be supported by a marketing campaign emphasizing cobia’s versatility and ease of preparation to chefs, caterers and consumers.


“We believe that cobia has all the required qualities to be extremely popular with French consumers,” said Mark Warrington of Sea Products of Scotland, the sales and marketing arm of Marine Farms. “It’s easy to prepare, sustainable, incredibly versatile and has a great flavor. It’s really the quality fish of the future. Gelazur has an excellent reputation within the industry, and we are therefore sure this venture will be a great success for both parties.”


Aquainnovo develops salmon disease detection


Chilean biotechnological company Aquainnovo announced that it has developed a method for detecting contagious diseases in Atlantic salmon.


The company’s system detects a PVR agent associated with heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI), which results in very low weight or anorexia and an abnormal swimming pattern in fish.


Aquainnovo’s HSMI detection essay is designed to prevent and contain pathogenic agents not yet existing in Chile, which may cause the infectious diseases that damage the country’s Atlantic salmon production.


NFI warns of mercury media scare


The National Fisheries Institute on Thursday urged California media outlets that received mercury test results from Got Mercury? to tell the whole story and not just recycle the environmental group’s message.


Got Mercury? claimed that it tested seafood and found methylmercury levels exceeding the U.S. Food Drug Administration’s allowable levels. NFI said the group does not tell reporters that the FDA’s limit contains a 1,000 percent safety factor, intended to limit consumers’ methylmercury exposure to levels 10 times lower than the lowest levels associated with adverse health effects.


NFI is asking reporters to contact independent scientific experts to avoid overblowing the health risks.


Captain D’s names VP of procurement


Captain D’s on Thursday hired Janet Duckham as VP of purchasing.


Duckham previously served as VP of purchasing and distribution for Luby’s Restaurants, where she worked for more than 23 years. In her new role, Duckham is responsible for the worldwide sourcing of quick-service seafood chain’s food and supplies for its 535 restaurants, most of which are located in the United States.


“Janet possesses rich business insights as well as best-in-class abilities in procurement and distribution,” said Phil Greifeld, Captain D’s president and CEO. “Captain D’s is committed to providing our guests with top-quality food as reasonable prices. Janet’s highly insightful knowledge about food sourcing, including seafood, will serve the D’s brand well in delivering a consistent, quality product to our guests that exceed their expectations.”


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