Foodservice & Retail

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James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
April 4, 2008

Safeway's decision to restrict farmed-salmon purchases from Chile wasn't surprising. Infectious salmon anemia (ISA) has torn through Chile's aquaculture industry for months, causing losses in revenue and consumer confidence. Marine Harvest ASA, the Norwegian conglomerate that operates many of the hardest-hit farms, first admitted a "challenging biological situation" last fall. Challenging would be a kind description of the current state of

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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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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 4, 2008

Hooters of Baltimore won Phillips Foods' Crab Cake Selling Contest, the company announced yesterday. First place and the title of Crab Cake Queen was awarded to Shelby Rackey, a member of the Hooters waitstaff. Rackey's prize was two plane tickets to any U.S. location and a $100 American Express gift card.

Second place went to Kristen Goodman of Waldorf, Md., and third place went to Keneeka Rodriguez of Fredericksburg, Va.

The contest

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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 2, 2008

SeaBear Co. of Anacortes, Wash., yesterday announced that it has acquired GD Seafoods, d.b.a. Gerard & Dominique, of Woodinville, Wash. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Both privately held companies' specialty product is smoked salmon. Their combined distribution channels position the company for growth in the high-end niche market, said Mike Mondello, president and CEO of SeaBear Co., in a press release.

"Both the

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 21, 2008

Oregon fisheries officials say river fishing will be allowed this year for salmon, although with tight limits.

Steve Williams, assistant fish division administrator at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, told The Oregonian newspaper in Portland that limits on seasons and catches will be more restrictive than in years past.

"There's going to be fishing, but it's not going to be business as usual," Williams said. State officials will

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James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
March 19, 2008

Since April 2005, U.S. retailers have been required by law to list the country-of-origin and method of production (wild or farmed) for seafood products, whether canned, frozen or in the display cooler. Not until Sept. 30 will other covered commodities (beef, pork, poultry, produce and peanuts) have to do the same �" lobbyists reportedly spent more than $29 million to fund those delays. But as you'll see in our April Top Story, "The Call for

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

Americans are making fewer trips to most retail outlets due to rising fuel prices and other economic pressures, according to research The Nielsen Co. of Schaumburg, Ill., released on Monday.

Per-household trips to grocery stores averaged 59 last year, down from 61 in 2006 and 72 in 2001, while trips to mass-merchandise stores totaled 15 in 2007, down from 16 in 2006 and 24 in 2001. However, per-household trips to supercenters averaged 27 in

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas reopened its seafood buffet yesterday after extensively remodeling the 13,000-square-foot space.

The Village Seafood Buffet, which claims to be Las Vegas' only seafood-centric buffet, annually purchases more than 200 tons of seafood from around the globe, including Pacific salmon, Alaska king crab, Canadian snow crab, Indonesian prawns, Chinese shrimp and Southeast Asian slipper lobster tails.

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

The wholesale division of Tropic Fish & Vegetable and CMU & Associates, parent company of Hilo Fish Co., are forming a seafood distribution and export center under the name Tropic Fish Hawaii, effective April 1.

The Tropic retail store at Ward Farmer's Market in Honolulu will close while the new company is formed. The company is closing the store to focus on wholesale sales, which bring in higher revenues and more volume.

About half of

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