Retail chain group to make its seafood more sustainable


Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on
July 22, 2015

American retail conglomerate Albertsons Companies is expanding its partnership with nonprofit sustainable seafood advisor FishWise to improve the sustainability of its seafood offerings throughout the company.

Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho, USA, owns retail chains Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Safeway. The company began working with FishWise in 2010 to make its seafood more sustainable. Now, the nonprofit will be bringing what Albertsons calls “its data-driven approach” to the company’s more than 2,200 stores in 33 states nationwide.

“We will be building upon the company’s past ocean conservation work, bringing in our scientific expertise and collaborative approach to forge solutions,” said FishWise Executive Director Tobias Aguirre.

Safeway, one of the company’s largest chains, set a goal back in 2011 to make all its fresh and frozen seafood sustainable by the end of 2015.

“Safeway has made tremendous progress these past four years by improving existing sources and also bringing in new environmentally responsible products,” Aguirre said. “Innovative partnerships with suppliers that are willing to engage have been a key factor in the project’s success thus far.”

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