Foodservice & Retail
Red Lobster today announced it won a MenuMasters award for Best Menu/Line Extension for its Today's Fresh Fish Initiative.
The annual awards are given by Nation's Restaurant News and recognize the visionary and creative talents of R&D and culinary and menu development staffs.
"This award has been a goal of ours as we refresh our menu with a renewed emphasis on freshness and culinary expertise," says Kim Lopdrup, Red Lobster president.… Read More
Shells Seafood Restaurants today released its first-quarter results, with revenues of $10.7 million, a 20.4 percent decrease compared to $13.4 million in the first quarter of last year.
However, the Florida chain's net income increased to $120,000 from $35,000 in 2007.
"The first quarter of 2008 continued to be challenging for both Shells and most casual dining restaurants within Florida, generally due to an increasingly difficult… Read More
Retail giant Tesco has been accused of covering up the escape of farmed trout into a Scottish salmon river, The Times of London reported today.
In February, up to 4,000 rainbow trout escaped from a farm operated by Scot Trout at Ardchatten and swam into the River Awe. Conservation groups said that this is the latest of numerous such incidents at the Scot Trout farm and that they secured an agreement from Tesco, the farm's biggest customer, to… Read More
The economic downturn and higher operating costs took a toll on McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant's first quarter results, the Portland, Ore., company reported yesterday.
The upscale casual seafood chain's same restaurant sales fell 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2008, which ended March 29. Net income totaled $118,000, down from $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2007. However, revenues increased 13.4 percent to $92.3 million.… Read More
Joey's Only of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, yesterday announced it will launch on May 19 its first nationwide radio campaign featuring the tag line "We've set a place for you at Joey's".
The spots are aimed at men and women between the ages of 45 and 65 and center around the company-created character, Joey. In the ads Joey, who embodies the seafood chain's key values and combines a wry sense of humor with an old-fashioned down-to-earth approach of… Read More
The Louisiana House Commerce Committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a seafood disclosure bill, marking the first time in almost a decade such a bill will make it to the full House for debate. House bill 266, introduced by Rep. Fred Mills, prohibits restaurants from claiming that imported shrimp or crawfish comes from Louisiana.
Originally the bill required signs or menus to inform customers when a crawfish dish is made using foreign product… Read More
Mark's Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., unexpectedly closed its doors on Thursday. No explanation for the closure has been given.
The upscale seafood restaurant, headed by award-winning chef Mark Militello, posted a closure notice on its doors thanking customers for their patronage.
Militello's other Florida restaurants, Mark's City Place in West Palm Beach and Mark's South Beach, shut down more than three weeks ago. Only the Mizner Park… Read More
After nearly 50 years on the menu, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas finally raised the price on its popular 99-cent shrimp cocktail special.
The appetizer's price is now $1.99, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Sunday.
"It's certainly not a gasoline-type gouging we're going for here," said Scott DeAngelo, hotel VP of gaming and marketing. "It remains a good value and it remains damn good."
Food and Beverage Director… Read More
Slade Gorton & Co. announced today that it is closing its frozen-seafood warehouse at its Boston headquarters and outsourcing its cold-storage operations to Preferred Freezer Services next September.
Processing, handling and distribution of fresh and value-added seafood products will continue at Slade Gortonâ??s two Boston facilities as well as its Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., plant.
"Our warehouse no longer has the capacity to adequately… Read More
A 60-year chronological survey focusing on factors affecting wild salmon in British Columbia's Broughton Archipelago was released yesterday.
"Broughton Archipelago: A State of Knowledge," was commissioned by the B.C. Pacific Salmon Forum to gather data and explain the complexities of the region and the multitude of factors impacting wild salmon over the past five decades.
Carried out by Dr. Isobel Pearsall, the study gathered data from… Read More