Acme Smoked Fish Foundation announces SICA award winners; CP Foods ranks first in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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SeafoodSource is closely following the sustainable seafood movement by compiling a regular round-up of sector updates about sustainability initiatives and certifications.

- New York, New York U.S.A.-based Acme Smoked Fish Foundation announced the winners of its 2023 Seafood Industry Climate Awards (SICA): Minorities in Aquaculture, Pine Island Redfish, and Viable Gear.  

The awards increased to USD 70,000 (EUR 66,244) from last year’s USD 40,000 (EUR 37,854) for each recipient, as SeafoodSource previously reported.

The recipients will be recognized at Seafood Expo North America in 2024 which will be held from 10 to 12 March, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 

“At our SENA reception, SICA award winners are invited to formally accept their awards and present their work to industry leaders, including winners from 2022. The reception will highlight and celebrate the important work being done by these organizations to drive change within the seafood industry in focusing on carbon reductions and increasing diversity,” Acme Smoked Fish Chief People and Sustainability Officer Rob Snyder told SeafoodSource. “At SENA, we will also be showcasing Acme’s new packaging – and you’ll notice a wonderful new addition to our support for climate initiatives starting in 2024, coming soon.”

The three companies and projects, which based in the U.S. or Canada, focus on decreasing carbon emissions and expanding diversity across the seafood sector.

“This year’s grantees are ambitious yet pragmatic solutions to important issues in our industry – and each has a great potential to have widespread positive impacts as they continue to scale,” Snyder said. “What’s more, the commitment shown by these projects to increase representation of diverse voices and support their broader communities is outstanding.”

-Bangkok, Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) has been ranked first in the 2023 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). 

The recognition reaffirms CP Foods’ commitment to sustainability as it takes the top spot in the food products sector. The company expands its efforts to adhere to human rights in the food chain, enhancing farmers and business relationships.

"CP Foods envisions being recognized as the ‘Sustainable Kitchen of the World,’" CP Foods CEO Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited said in a release. 

The company said it operates under close adherence to environmental, social, and governance principles (ESG). 

“The company's goal is to achieve Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, being the first food producer to have its emission reduction targets, both short-term and long-term, scientifically validated and aligned with the Forest, Land, and Agriculture Guidance (FLAG) from The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi),” CP Foods said in a release.

-The Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index has named four Scotland-based salmon farmers in the top ten sustainable protein producers in the world, recognized for “strong performance of aquaculture companies.” 

The companies include Mowi ASA, Lerøy Seafood Group ASA, Grieg Seafood ASA, Marfrig Global Foods SA, Cranswick PLC, Bakkafrost P/F, SalMar ASA, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, Salmones Camanchaca SA, and Multiexport Foods SA, according to Salmon Scotland.

"Salmon farmers are at the forefront of sustainable protein production across the world. Farm-raised salmon has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any animal protein and is the solution to the challenges of food security and a growing population, so it’s very rewarding to see the aquaculture sector occupy the top spots in this sustainability index,” Salmon Scotland CEO Tavish Scott said in a release. “In Scotland, salmon farms are committed to the highest animal welfare standards anywhere in the world, raising one of the most nutritious foods we can eat in the most sustainable way possible, and through our sustainability charter, our member companies are working to cut their already low carbon footprint. With growing demand at home and abroad for Scottish salmon, our sector continues to go from strength to strength.”

Photo courtesy of Acme Smoked Fish Corp.


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