Foodservice & Retail

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 9, 2008

Joey's Only Seafood Restaurants will kick off this year's Maritime Festival on Oct. 13, featuring a national online consumer contest and new menu items, the Calgary-based quickservice seafood chain announced today.

Winners of the contest, selected from British Columbia/Alberta, Saskatchewan/Manitoba and Ontario, will receive one of three week-long trips for two to Atlantic Canada. The trips include flights into Montreal and out of Halifax, an

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 8, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Justice Department on Monday for advice on a bid by the nation's largest supermarket chains to block customers from suing over violations of federal and state food-labeling rules, Bloomberg News reports.

Supervalu, Safeway and Kroger are among the retailers contending that only government regulators, not consumers, can enforce federal and state labeling laws. The companies are trying to stop a suit accusing

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
October 8, 2008

French supermarket giant Carrefour is moving toward purchasing shrimp direct from farms in Thailand. The local Carrefour's purchasing department placed its first order of a few metric tons of fresh and frozen shrimp from Kaset Somboon Farm a few months ago to stock local outlets, according to owner Vanich Sowanapreecha.

Kaset Somboon Farm owns more than 20 shrimp ponds in Chachoengsao and Suphan Buri provinces.

Carrefour is forming an

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 3, 2008

A cheeky Legal Sea Foods ad campaign captured a gold award at the Ninth Annual Out of Home Media Plan Awards in New York this week.

The ads ran throughout Boston on top of taxis and in trolley cars and buses and depicted fish with message bubbles containing playful insults. Legal is based in Boston and operates more than 30 East Coast seafood restaurants.

However, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in June pulled two ads from its

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 25, 2008

Linda Bean, granddaughter of Maine merchandiser L.L. Bean, yesterday announced the launch of the "Linda Bean's Perfect Maine" brand of lobster and shrimp products for the retail market.

Bean owns two lobster wharves in Port Clyde and Vinalhaven, Maine, and her seafood line focuses on live lobsters and value-added products featuring lobsters and shrimp harvested in Maine.

To date, the brand's value-added products include lobster stew,

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 17, 2008

Darden Restaurants today reported its results for the first quarter ending Aug. 24, including net earnings of $82.4 million and a 21 percent increase in sales from continuing operations to $1.77 billion, compared to $1.47 billion last year.

The Orlando, Fla., company's diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations decreased 21 percent to 58 cents, compared to 73 cents last year. The company identifies its October 2007 acquisition

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 15, 2008

Christine Keff, owner and chef at the Flying Fish restaurant in Seattle, was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Wild Salmon Hall of Fame this weekend.

Keff was chosen from among five nominees honored Saturday at an annual banquet sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center in Belfair, Wash. The hall of fame is celebrating its sixth year.

The award recognizes people who demonstrate a passion for wild salmon, enhance public knowledge of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 10, 2008

In a move the company calls a "milestone," Australis Aquaculture in Turners Falls, Mass., today announced Safeway now offers its fresh and frozen barramundi.

The supermarket chain will carry Australis' barramundi at its 1,000-plus locations.

"The supply creation initiatives we began last year are yielding significantly increased amounts of product that we can deliver to large national retailers like Safeway," says Josh Goldman, managing

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 10, 2008

At this year's New England Oyster Festival in Newport, R.I., North America's top oyster shuckers and slurpers will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete for national titles.

The Come Unhinged Shucking Competition will be held rain or shine at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I., on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The competition is part of the 20th annual Taste of Rhode Island.

Sponsored by American Mussel

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Published on
September 10, 2008

Although full-service restaurants are projected to have only 1 percent nominal sales growth in 2008, sales will start picking up by early 2009, according to new research presented at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in Orlando, Fla., this weekend.

"I think we are going to see a bit of lift after the election, releasing some pent-up demand. Then you're getting into the holiday season," said Melissa Wilson, principal of foodservice

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