Foodservice & Retail

Published on
July 30, 2018

Amazon reported record quarterly sales late last week, in part because of a spike in Prime Day sales – including Whole Foods Market specials. 

In yet another sign that e-commerce and online grocery delivery is becoming more common around the world, Amazon’s net sales surged 39 percent to USD 52.9 billion (EUR 45.4 billion) in the second quarter. 

The massive retailer’s fourth annual Prime Day was its biggest global

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Published on
July 30, 2018

Taco Bell plans to feature a Crayfish Taco in its Chinese eateries starting in August.

The chain opened its first Chinese restaurant in Shanghai’s Lujiazui area last year.

Each taco contains at least a dozen crayfish, “making for a pretty hefty amount of seafood inside,” Foodbeast reported.

“The sweetness of the crayfish is matched with a special crayfish sauce that repurposes traditional Chinese spices into a taco form,"

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
July 27, 2018

The market price for Frito-Lay’s take on the New England lobster roll is sure to beat out that of any seaside shack this summer. 

The popular PepsiCo-owned chip enterprise is rolling out eight limited-edition, regionally-inspired chip flavors this summer, among them some seafood-themed munchies including the New England Lobster Roll and Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice. Cajun Spice, Chili con Queso, Deep Dish Pizza, Fried Pickles with Ranch,

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Published on
July 26, 2018

Four Mississippi restaurants were recently fined by the state after purchasing seafood illegally from recreational fisherman.

After a two-month investigation, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources issued criminal misdemeanor charges against restaurants that included Harbor House Steamer in Diamondhead, as well as Phoenicia Gourmet, Woody's Roadside, and Val's Sports Bar and Grill in Ocean Springs.

The restaurants were fined between USD

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Published on
July 24, 2018

A taco demo spiked sales of the fish more than 20 percent at a major United States grocery chain.

San Antonio, Texas-based HEB, which operates north of 350 stores, partnered with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) on an Alaska cod taco promotion. For three days in early June, HEB held 315 in-store demos of fish tacos using frozen cod, caught via hook-and-line in the Bering Sea.

In addition to demonstrating how to prepare the tacos and

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Published on
July 23, 2018

To encourage customers to eat more frequently at Red Lobster during the week, the Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based restaurant chain has unveiled “Early-Dining” daily specials.

Customers who visit one of the 700-plus Red Lobster restaurants between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, can take advantage of the new deals with special pricing.

For example, the Monday promotion is endless shrimp. Customers can mix and match shrimp

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
July 23, 2018

Filming has wrapped on the first season of the Cooking Channel’s new TV show “Seaside Snacks and Shacks,” a reality program hosted by Cousins Maine Lobster’s co-founder Sabin Lomac, according to a report from the Portland Press Herald.

A Maine native, Lomac started Cousins Maine Lobster as a single food truck in Los Angeles, California, with his cousin and business partner Jim Tselikis. One truck turned into an enterprise

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Published on
July 19, 2018

The closure of United States based meal-kit provider Chef’d leaves a number of retailers and suppliers - including its primary seafood supplier, Anaheim, California-based Anderson Seafoods - in the lurch.

Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford notified employees that the El Segundo, California-based meal kit company was closing its doors late Monday, Business Insider reported.

"We have had some unexpected circumstances with the funding for the

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
July 16, 2018

United Kingdom-based appliance developer Mitchell & Cooper has rolled out Crustastun, a new device designed for the humane killing of crustaceans. 

In light of controversial findings over recent years suggesting crustaceans can feel pain, Crustastun was created to offer an alternative method to killing lobsters and crabs that sidesteps traditional techniques, which involve boiling the shellfish alive or using precise knife skills to cut

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
July 13, 2018

Aggressive expansion is on the menu for modern, fast-casual restaurant chain Slapfish in 2018, with the foodservice outfit aiming to open 10 additional locations before the end of the year.

Deals are closing quickly across the United States, the company said, with seven different states already slated to open a Slapfish this year. Starting in summer 2018, Slapfish – which has 13 established restaurants so far – will nearly double in

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