Foodservice & Retail

Published on
May 24, 2018

Popular U.K. retailer Mark and Spencer (M&S) is expanding its existing store closure program, with plans to close 100 of its stores by 2020, the company announced on 22 May.  

After years of falling sales and profits, M&S decided to embark on what it calls a “radical transformation” process in 2016, according to a report from The Guardian. The business, which markets both clothing and food stuffs under the same

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Christine Blank

Published on
May 22, 2018

Long John Silver’s, which operates nearly 1,000 restaurants in the United States, acquired 76 additional restaurants from a LJS franchisee.

The restaurants are owned by ServUS, and the restaurants are located primarily in Indiana, along with Michigan and Kentucky. Financial terms of the sale were not released.

“This is an excellent opportunity to continue our brand revitalization,” said Brian Unger, president and COO of LJS, in

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 14, 2018

A Chinese mass-market seafood restaurant chain has made the latest opening in its blistering-paced expansion with a new outlet commencing business in central China. 

The Hai Xian Yu Shang Mian chain opened its latest restaurant in the sprawling central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Hai Xian Yu Shang Mian targets for the mass market with dishes like shrimp noodles and fried squid averaging around CNY 23.50 (USD 3.70, EUR 3.10).

The chain is run

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Christine Blank

Published on
May 11, 2018

Besides Good Friday during the Lenten season, many restaurants count Mother’s Day as their biggest sales day of the year. And this year, even more Americans will seek out restaurants – including those serving succulent seafood dishes – for the holiday.

Around 87 million adults will go out to a restaurant for a special Mother's Day meal this year, according to new National Restaurant Association data. In addition, Mother’s

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Published on
May 10, 2018

Thursday, 10 May, is National Shrimp Day in the United States, with suppliers and sellers of the popular species taking the opportunity to encourage Americans to embrace recipes and meals highlighting the prized seafood. 

Americans eat more shrimp than any other type of seafood, according to data from the National Fisheries Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To observe National Shrimp Day, which is considered

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 10, 2018

Transparency is paying off in seafood sales for Alibaba-backed supermarket chain Hema. 

The chain has won favorable publicity over its practice of supplying staff with scissors to snip the corners of the plastic bags in which fish are sold live from the store’s tanks. Hema Xiansheng (the name translates roughly as “boxed/packaged freshness and liveliness”) stores operated by Alibaba’s online commerce group have even

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Published on
May 8, 2018

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Hokkaido Island receiving its name, McDonald’s Singapore has introduced a new menu item – the Hokkaido Salmon Burger.

Available since Thursday, 3 May, the Hokkaido Salmon Burger features a crispy salmon patty topped with shredded white cabbage and roasted sesame mayonnaise, all served up on a toasted black and white sesame bun. On its own, the burger costs USD 7.70 (EUR 6.45); for

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 8, 2018

A Chinese seafood distributor with close links to Norwegian exporters is building a new 200-square-meter store in Qingdao, a leading Chinese city and seafood hub. 

Zhen Da Yang, a subsidiary of Qingdao Hai Li Nuo Biotech Co., already operates two stores in the city. The firm has 3,000 distributors nationwide handling its gift boxes, which include content from several Norwegian firms as well as Canada-based Clearwater and numerous Chinese

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Christine Blank

Published on
May 7, 2018

United States celebrity chef Jose Andrés recently opened a seafood restaurant in the Bahamas.

Fish by Jose Andrés offers “responsibly-sourced seafood that pays creative homage to traditional Bahamian cuisine and the ocean that surrounds the islands." It is located in The Cove resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. The restaurant pays homage to Andrés’ love of the ocean and the community where it is based, the chef

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Chris Loew

Published on
May 7, 2018

The product of Japan’s first aquaculture improvement project (AIP), Miyagi Onagawa Coho Salmon, is now available at more than 50 Tokyo-area Seiyu GK retail stores. 

The AIP was launched in the fall of 2017 by project partners Ocean Outcomes, Fisherman Japan, Marukin Co., Ltd., Seafood Legacy and Seiyu. Seiyu GK operates supermarkets, shopping centers and department stores, and is owned by Arkansas, U.S.A.-based Wal-Mart Stores,

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