Foodservice & Retail
Shells Seafood Restaurants on Friday reported 2007 revenues of $41.5 million, down 13.3 percent from 2006.
The Tampa, Fla., company, which operates 23 casual seafood restaurants in Florida, also posted a net loss of $4.4 million last year, compared to a net loss of $3 million the previous year. The struggling chain's same-restaurant sales declined 11.4 percent last year.
In a press release, Warren Nelson, Shells' interim president, called 2007… Read More
Seafood prices are soaring at markets across China as fish farmers struggle to restock their ponds following the worst winter weather in 50 years.
Reports say there is no tilapia for sale in the south of China in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi, which could impact future export supplies. In the north, the price for tilapia, the country's most popular staple fish, has now reached $1 per pound wholesale.
The retail price of… Read More
Gorton's Seafood of Gloucester, Mass., on Saturday announced a voluntarily recall of a frozen seafood product due to possible adulteration.
A Pennsylvania woman and her two children reported finding pills in Gorton's fish fillets. The incident appears to be isolated and no illnesses have been reported. Gorton's is taking this action as a precautionary measure.
The following product is subject to recall: Gorton's 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets… Read More
William "Chopper" Young Jr. won the second annual Oyster Shucking Contest at the International Boston Seafood Show yesterday for the second consecutive year. The Wellfleet, Mass., oysterman took home $500 for shucking 36 oysters in 7 minutes, 30 seconds.
Young won his first National Oyster Shucking Championship in Leonardtown, Md., last October and will be the U.S. representative at the World Oyster Opening Championship in Galway, Ireland, in… Read More
The Japanese government is exhibiting (booth 2233) for the first time ever at next week's International Boston Seafood Show.
In addition, the government will hold a briefing and breakfast on the country's seafood industry developments and trends at the Westin Waterfront on Monday from 9 to 9:50 a.m.
Yoichi Suzuki, consul general of Japan in Boston, Theodore Bestor author of Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World and Toshinori… Read More
Slade Gorton & Co. on Monday announced it is launching a major shrimp marketing campaign at the International Boston Seafood Show.
Slade Gorton staff has been meeting with clients to discuss new promotional efforts for its Icy Bay brand of shrimp products. Thus far, the only advertising has been in print.
The campaign will promote shrimp products, including head-on, raw headless shell on, cooked cocktail shrimp and IQF easy peel.
"Icy Bay… Read More
Captain D's Seafood Kitchen is running a Lenten promotion called "Seafood Celebration" featuring two 30-second TV spots.
Created by O2 Ideas of Birmingham, Ala., the humorous ads, dubbed "Tailsmack," show diners getting smacked by a fish tail for eating a hamburger and pizza. In the first spot, an office worker is slapped in the face several times by a fish tail as he bites into a burger, and then the fish tail pushes a Captain D's seafood meal… Read More
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's budget will decrease by 9 percent or more in 2009, according to a report in yesterday's Juneau Empire.
ASMI's budget for fiscal 2008 is $22 million and projects to be $20 million in 2009 and gradually less in subsequent years, based on data supplied to the newspaper by ASMI board member and fisherman Bruce Wallace.
"We can't live on this budget," Wallace said.
Gov. Sarah Palin recommended a $250,000… Read More
OceanBoy Farms is selling its two Hendry County, Fla., shrimp farms either together or individually.
"Our stockholders have financed [OceanBoy] for seven years, and, as in the life of most companies, they are looking to move on at this point," says Michael Warner, chairman of OceanBoy and the majority investor. OceanBoy, he adds, "is an ideal opportunity for someone who has the capital to take it to the next level."
The Clewiston, Fla.,… Read More
It's hard to believe, but the International Boston Seafood Show is just over a week away. Each year, new species are introduced to the U.S. market at the show, rousing the curiosity of seafood buyers hunting for the next big thing. In 2006 and 2007, Kona kampachi and barramundi generated a lot of buzz in Bean Town. This year, it may be a little known crab from Down Under that steals the show.
At my first show in 2000, tilapia was the talk of… Read More