Foodservice & Retail
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
Barton Seaver has reportedly left his post as chef at Hook, a Washington, D.C., restaurant focused on sustainable seafood.
According to the Washington Post, Seaver's lawyer and Hook's owner Jonathan Umbel are working out the details of Seaver's contract. In late June, just days after resigning, he was named a rising star by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington for his work at Hook.
Seaver told the Post that he had "the… Read More
A month-long squabble between Roger Berkowitz and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority continued as Independence Day neared when the president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods turned a cheeky ad campaign into a free speech crusade. Though Berkowitz may not be riding the T anytime soon, his Boston-based seafood restaurant chain is stirring up a lot of economical publicity at a time when consumers aren't dining out as frequently. It's a… Read More
Phillips Foods yesterday announced a two-year partnership with Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del., to feature a branded Phillips Seafood Restaurant concept throughout the property.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino added a new section to its Festival Buffet incorporating the look and brand of a Phillips Seafood Restaurant. The concept will also be incorporated into other eating establishments at Dover Downs over the next two years,… Read More
Shells Seafood Restaurants today rolled out a new menu featuring more than 20 new items and reduced prices.
The Tampa, Fla.-based casual seafood chain, with 23 restaurants in the state, is trying to overhaul its image by emphasizing value and variety during an economic downturn.
"This is the largest menu overhaul in the history of Shells," says CEO Marc Bernstein, who joined the company in April. "By reducing our prices and broadening our… Read More
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors, free breeding has significantly increased the country's catfish output, causing a supply surplus resulting in low prices for farmers.
VASEP suggested the catfish output be adjusted to better match demand and spur an increase in prices.
The Mekong Delta region, home to 84 catfish processing factories, has yielded more than 1.2 million tons of catfish so far this year.… Read More
Legal Sea Foods, which operates 32 upscale casual seafood restaurants on the East Coast, was named the most family-friendly restaurant by Parents magazine last week.
The magazine polled more than 50 of the largest full-service or buffet-style chains to find out what they offer children.
"Don't be surprised if your little one opts for something more adventurous," says Parents. "At most locations, wood-grilled fish is more popular than any… Read More
Darden Restaurants of Orlando, Fla., yesterday posted higher fourth-quarter profits for fiscal 2008, boosted by Olive Garden, which continued to attract casual diners in the weak economy, and lower costs that helped increase operating profit at Red Lobster.
Chief Operating Officer Drew Madsen said in a statement the quarter and fiscal year had been "challenging," but added the company's brands outperformed the industry.
However, U.S.… Read More
Sea Star Seafood Corp. of Marlborough, Mass., announced today that it was named Kroger's Seafood Supplier of the Year.
Kroger is the nation's second largest food retailer, trailing only Wal-Mart, according to the Food Marketing Institute. The Cincinnati-based supermarket company - whose banners include Ralph's, Fred Meyer's, QFC, Smith's Dillon, Fry's, King's Sooper and Food 4 Less - posted 2007 sales of more than $65 billion and operates… Read More