One of the oldest US seafood vendors joins NFI’s Crab Council

South Philadelphia, U.S.A.-based E. Frank Hopkins Seafood is the latest inductee into the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council, upping the collective’s roster up to 31 companies. 

A wholesale distributor that specializes in sourcing commercially imported seafood from all major domestic and international ports, E. Frank Hopkins Seafood is one of the oldest seafood vendors in the United States, having been founded in 1890. The company offers an extensive selection of fresh and frozen seafood products to high-end restaurants throughout Philadelphia and the U.S. mid-Atlantic region. 

“Hopkins Seafood means quality among top chefs,” said E. Frank Hopkins Seafood’s Senior Executive Albert Pappas. “Because sustainability is just as important as quality, Hopkins Seafood joins the Crab Council to continue providing a premium, responsibly managed product to our customers.”

E. Frank Hopkins Seafood is the newest member of the NFI’s Crab Council, which has seen a promising and rapid succession of companies and organizations joining its ranks as of late, according to Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny.  

“E. Frank Hopkins Seafood is the third company to join the Crab Council in the past month," said Sweeny. "The council’s member growth and retention reinforces the value companies place on our mission and is a testament to how well known the work behind the Crab Council logo has become.”

The council’s membership of U.S. and international crab companies promotes a pre-competitive, industry-led model for sustainability, according to NFI. The collective supports fishery improvement projects in Southeast Asia via funding that originates from an assessment placed on the pounds of blue swimming crab imported by the Council’s members. The World Bank, the Walton Family Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have all provided grants to the Crab Council.


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