Foodservice & Retail
A Florida man on Monday pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 11,000 pounds of yellowfin tuna into the United States in violation of the Lacey Act.
George A. Townsend III, 64, of St. Petersburg, Fla., faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the intended gain for his involvement in the illegal transportation of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Trinidad and Tobago to Miami in June 2005. Sentencing has been set for… Read More
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. of Montvale, N.J., yesterday announced it has partnered with World Wide Seafood of Jamaica, N.Y., to provide fresh seafood to the supermarket's Northeast stores. The union makes A&P the first supermarket chain in the region to partner directly with a Fulton Fish Market vendor.
The seafood will be sold under the Seafood Joe's Market Fresh Fish brand at select A&P, Waldbaum's, The Food Emporium and… Read More
The pills a New Freedom, Pa., family reported finding in Gorton's fish fillets were harmless over-the-counter herbal supplements, and the incident remains isolated, the Gloucester, Mass., company said yesterday.
Gorton's on March 1 voluntarily recalled about 1,000 cases of its 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets, which were distributed in 11 states.
"It certainly has had some effect" on the company, Gorton's spokesman Judson Reis told the… Read More
A negative political campaign may win you a seat in office but not many friends. Over the past several years, the domestic catfish industry has crusaded against its chief competitors: farmed pangasius from Asia and similar species imported in increasing numbers. China's food-safety alert provided plenty of ammunition, but as domestic catfish sales drop, the attack strategy grows increasingly questionable.
A little history: In 2001, Congress… Read More
Shells can't catch a break. The 23-restaurant casual seafood chain hasn't registered a profitable year since 2002, posting a net loss of $4.4 million in 2007. The Tampa, Fla., company says it's working to reduce its expenses and upgrade its image. But the Sunshine State's not-so-sunny economic forecast will make it even harder for the ailing company to reach profitability this year.
About 1.5 million fewer tourists visited Florida last year,… Read More
Canadian fisheries officials will require a more humane approach to its annual seal hunt, which begins in Newfoundland in the next month.
A new set of rules, based on recommendations by a panel of veterinarians, will be released this week, reports the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto. Hunters will reportedly be required to sever the seals' arteries after they have been shot or clubbed in order to ensure a quicker and less painful death.… Read More
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