More Aramark fish meeting Seafood Watch recommendations

Published on
October 16, 2017

Global foodservice distributor Aramark said that 90 percent of its frozen finfish and 100 percent of its canned tuna purchases meet Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch recommendations.

As part of its 2018 commitment to purchase 100 percent of United States-contracted seafood from Seafood Watch sources, Aramark also said that it expects to have transitioned all salmon and shrimp to Seafood Watch “Best Choice” and “Good Alternative” categories by the end of 2018.

“Seafood Watch applauds Aramark’s business leadership,” said Jennifer Dianto-Kemmerly, director of global fisheries and aquaculture at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “From [its] responsible canned tuna policy, to calling for stronger tuna fisheries management with international governments, to working with the supply chain to increase transparency, Aramark continues to demonstrate the important role business can play in driving sustainability.”

The distributor is also working to avoid purchasing “at risk” species as defined by Seafood Watch, address human rights abuses, and support responsible management practices, according to Aramark’s 2017 Progress Report. It has also implemented more stringent requirements for potentially unsustainable fishing practices, including transshipment.

“We are committed to driving continuous improvement throughout our sourcing process and working with our partners to meet and exceed our sustainable seafood goals,” Aramark Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Procurement Scott Barnhart said.

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