Foodservice & Retail

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 17, 2008

Two fish and wildlife habitat restoration bills yesterday passed through the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. The bills are partly in response to the collapse of the Central Valley chinook population, which the committee says is the result of increased water exports out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and declining water quality caused by agricultural pollution.

The Fish and Rescue Plans Bill, filed by assemblywoman

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 14, 2008

Patrick Bertoletti slurped 35 dozen oysters in 8 minutes to garner The Acme World Oyster Eating championship during New Orleans' French Quarter Festival on Saturday. Chicagoan Bertoletti, a.k.a. "Deep Dish," is ranked second in the world, according to Major League Eating records.

Bertoletti has posted numerous eating records, including eating 21 pounds of grits in 10 minutes. He also holds the endurance oyster eating record, having downed

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 11, 2008

Island Creek Oysters of Duxbury, Mass., were deemed the overall winner of the Invitational Oyster Tasting Event held Monday in Providence, R.I. The East Coast Shellfish Growers Association produced the event in cooperation with the National Shellfish Association.

Island Creek Oysters scored 130.9 out of a possible 170 points. Oysters were judged on exterior appearance, "shuckability," internal appearance, odor, flavor and aftertaste. Following

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 10, 2008

Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday appointed James Donald Mason business development manager. He will be responsible for managing the company's business at The Kroger Co., including the retailer's private label surimi seafood product line and Trans-Ocean's Crab Classic line.

Prior to his role at Trans-Ocean, Mason was founder, owner and president of Empire Food Brokers in Houston. He also served as Kroger business manager

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 10, 2008

Fish City Grill announced Wednesday it will open a restaurant in Baton Rouge on Monday, April 14. The location is the Dallas-based company's 22nd, and the first in Louisiana.

The casual seafood chain offers signature items such as Oyster Nachos, Honey Chipotle Shrimp and Serafin's Fish Tacos, in addition to daily specials.

The 2,500-square-foot Baton Rouge restaurant will be operated by franchisee Robert Marshall, founder of Brahma Management

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 10, 2008

Grieg Seafood Hjaltland, a Shetland salmon-farming and -processing company, announced today it acquired the farm assets, including barges, boats, cages and an Organic Food Federation-certified salmon farm, and seven farm licences from No Catch Ltd. for £3.6 million ($7.1 million).

With the addition of the organic salmon farm, Grieg will become one of the world's largest organic salmon producers.

"The additional farm sites and harvest

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 9, 2008

The National Organic Standards Board's Livestock Committee on Friday issued its recommendations for the use of fishmeal and fish oil in organic aquaculture production.

If accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a major piece of the puzzle for organic aquaculture standards would be set, clearing the way for organic production of herbivorous finfish, like catfish and tilapia.

However, if bound by these recommendations, producers of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 9, 2008

The beach-themed casual restaurant formally known as Rockin' Baja Lobster has reinvented itself with an updated menu, catchy slogan, revamped Web site, growth plans and new name: Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina.

Inviting customers to "Eat, Drink and Be Baja!" the six-unit chain based in San Diego also announced its plans for 44 new franchise locations, starting with five openings this year.

"To stay ahead of the changing economy, we needed

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 4, 2008

Landry's Restaurants announced on Wednesday that it hired Cowen and Co. to explore the possibility of a sale.

The New York equity research firm will help a special committee of Landry's board of directors evaluate a bid from Landry's President and CEO Tilman Fertitta to take the Houston company private.

In late January, Fertitta, who owns 39 percent of the company, offered to buy all outstanding shares at $23.50 a share.

Landry's, which

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 4, 2008

Retail chain Safeway has restricted its farmed salmon purchases from Chile due to ongoing problems with the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus that has rocked the country's aquaculture industry.

The Pleasanton, Calif.-based retailer, which operates 1,775 stores in the United States and Canada, is still buying salmon from areas that have not been hit by ISA, says company spokesman Brian Dowling, but is now looking to Canadian suppliers to

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