Foodservice & Retail
The Food Marketing Institute is offering six educational sessions in August to help suppliers and retailers comply with country-of-origin labeling (COOL) laws. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its interim final rule on Monday.
"We appreciate USDA's decision to emphasize education and outreach, giving the industry time to implement the newly announced labeling systems," says Deborah White, FMI senior VP and chief legal officer.
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Wild Edibles, a New York seafood wholesaler, retailer and restaurant, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 17.
According to a Crain's New York Business report, the company has $2.2 million in assets and $2.1 million in debt. Many of its creditors are based at the Hunts Point Fish Market in the Bronx, N.Y.
The company operates four retail sites, a restaurant on Third Avenue in Manhattan as well as a wholesale operation that… Read More
Australia's Sydney Fish Market has released a new line of seafood products under the brand Market Pride.
The items are available at 21 fishmongers throughout Sydney and Newcastle and include two heat-and-eat seafood soups, raw meal ingredients, including a mixed seafood medley, and easy-to-cook meals like fish cakes.
All Market Pride products are caught and prepared in Australia and feature lesser-known abundant species such as morwong and… Read More
Jewel-Osco will open a 16,000-square-foot store in Chicago's Lincoln Park community this fall. "Urban Fresh, by Jewel" is designed as a specialty grocery store catering to the unique shopping needs of busy urban consumers.
The small-format store will offer a variety of ready-to-go meal solutions, ranging from gourmet sandwiches to dinner entrées. The store will also carry produce and a selection of fresh meats and seafood.
"The… Read More
Margaret McLellan, corporate chef of Shucks Maine Lobster and Native Maine Produce, was dubbed "2008 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year" at last night's Governor's Tasting and Cook-Off at the Blaine House in Augusta, Maine.
Hosted by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, the two-hour event featured five finalists, selected from a record number of entries from across the state.
Picked by a panel of four judges, McLellan's winning dish was Maine… Read More
An anti-farmed salmon organization aims to take its "Farm-Free Salmon Pledge" to restaurants and retailers nationwide after taping a Rachael Ray segment on July 20.
"Once the no-farmed pledge grows to 50 restaurants, then to 100, then hundreds worldwide, less farmed salmon will be purchased," said Kenny Belov, co-owner and general manager of "Fish." in Sausalito, Calif.
Belov formed "Fish or Cut Bait" (www.focb.org), an organization in… Read More
The U.S. manufacturer of The Lobster Zone claw game featured in about 300 restaurants nationwide is fighting back after PETA said the game is cruel to animals.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is urging restaurants to get rid of the machines, which are similar to plush toy games in which the user can use a claw to pick up the toy. About 300 restaurants across the country, including JD's Bait Shop Sports Grill in Greenwood… Read More
A survey released today from The Nielsen Co. shows an increasing number of consumers are changing where and how they shop in response to rising gas prices. The survey, conducted in June, is based on responses from nearly 50,000 U.S. consumers.
Some highlights of the study include:
• Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of consumers are reducing their spending, up 18 percentage points in the last year and up 14 percentage points in the last six… Read More
Whole Foods Market is requiring its farmed-seafood suppliers to undergo an independent, third-party audit against new internal aquaculture standards to ensure the product it sells is raised in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, the world's largest natural foods retailer announced today.
Whole Foods spent two years developing the standards, consulting environmentalists (including the Environmental Defense Fund of New York),… Read More
Surimi seafood marketer Trans-Ocean Products announced yesterday that it has signed a contract with Information Resources (IRI) to track its retail sales data.
Trans-Ocean says the Chicago company provides a more complete look at the refrigerated seafood category than its previous supplier, which provided sales data in only the surimi seafood category. With IRI, the Bellingham, Wash., company can now access sales data from product categories… Read More