There's a quiet revolution taking place at seafood counters across the United States.
Sensing an opening in the marketplace, grocers in the United States are branching out to new – and often more sustainable – types of seafood to boost sales in their seafood departments.
From the 17-store Busch’s chain in Michigan, to the Pennsylvania-based Acme Markets, a 179-store chain owned by Albertsons Companies, to the ubiquitous giants… Read More
Sustainable aquaculture producers now have an unlikely advocate, in the form of world champion surfer Jamie Mitchell.
Historically, many surfers have protested ocean fish farms, including the most recent boycott of farmed salmon products in Tasmania, Australia. Food businesses and surfers called for the boycott after salmon farming giant Tassal said it would explore expanding its operation off the coast of King Island, Tasmania.
However,… Read More
In the coming days, thousands of seafood buyers, importers, distributors, and processors will convene in Boston, Massachusetts for the 2018 Seafood Expo North America/ Seafood Processing North America event, taking place Sunday, 11 March through Tuesday, 13 March.
Whether exploring a quarter-million square feet of seafood industry exhibits or delving into the exposition’s comprehensive conference program, visitors will have plenty to do at… Read More
A leading Chinese retailer is looking for new supply lines for imported seafood to supply a raft of new stores being opened in central China.
Sourcing staff for the Gao Xian Shi Yan Yi chain – which recently opened its fifth outlet in Changsha city – were at the Seafood Expo Asia last week on the lookout for potential new suppliers to help the company meet ambitious expansion plans.
The chain is part of the much larger Bu… Read More
China's ambitious plans to expand its mariculture production increasingly hinge on the government’s ability to secure access to large tracts of coastline, according to a leading local aquaculture researcher.
“They want to secure a whole bay…in order to have a full zonal approach, but this is difficult because there are so many competing users of the coast,” Professor KH Chu, an expert in aquaculture at the Chinese… Read More
The multiplicity of sustainability certification schemes is confusing consumers, according to head of corporate responsibility at one of Hong Kong’s leading hotel operators.
Janice Lao, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., which runs big names like the Peninsula Hotel, one of Hong Kong’s grandest addresses, made the comment at Seafood Expo Asia on 7… Read More
A seafood importer in southern China reckons it has found a way to combine online and offline sales of imported seafood to affluent Chinese consumers.
Online retailers have struggled with deliveries of fresh seafood to consumers, but Guangdong Chao Hui Aquatic Products Co. expects a new partnership with online seafood retailer Da Hai Wang (cndahaiwang.com) to pay dividends in that area. The company will offer collections through a chain of… Read More
Efforts to promote sustainability in Hong Kong are showing results, according to Steve Johansen, head of Canadian sockeye exporter Organic Ocean.
Johansen points to a local World Wildlife Fund (WWF) sustainability awareness program that now reaches more than 1,000 restaurants in the city. It also helps that many of the top chefs at the city’s leading hotels are Western and sustainability-conscious, he said.
Eager to sell in Hong Kong and… Read More
Ongoing demand for premium species in Asia has led a Russian coal firm to bet big on grouper farming in Malaysia.
Fishance is producing grouper in the Langkawi region of Malaysia in an offshore aquaculture project. It has promised investment of up to USD 100 million (EUR 93.9 million) through 2020, by which time it aims to be producing one million tons of fish per year.
The first batch of production has already been sold to Hong… Read More
A leading Maldives’ tuna exporter is hoping Asian buyers will pay for quality as it seeks to increase exports of yellowfin and skipjack to pay for a new processing plant set to open next year.
Maldives fisheries operate on the basis of independent fishermen supplying processors, but face competition from Asian industrial-scale fishery firms freezing onboard and using injections of vegetable extracts to sell “refreshed” tuna,… Read More