Foodservice & Retail

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 4, 2008

Gavin Gibbons is the new director of media relations at the National Fisheries Institute.

A former senior producer for Fox News Channel, Gibbons' NFI responsibilities include setting up interviews with association staff and the media and helping reporters with research.

"In a world of mercury misinformation I am busy trying to get the correct fish facts out there," Gibbons says.

This is Gibbons' first foray into association work after

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 30, 2008

The number of chinook salmon returning to California's Central Valley reached a near-record low, dropping more than 88 percent to 90,000 adult salmon in 2007, according to a report in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle.

It is the second time in 35 years that the Central Valley has not met the Pacific Fishery Management Councilâ??s conservation goal of 122,000 to 180,000 returning fish.

The population was at an all-time high five years ago,

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 23, 2008

The Canadian government announced on Monday that Cooke Aquaculture in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, will receive up to $1.9 million for its salmon tracking project.

The funding, dispersed over a four-year period, will allow Cooke to develop a system to trace the DNA of the fish that leave its hatcheries. Cooke plans to work with researchers at the Research and Productivity Council to develop a system that will track individual Atlantic salmon

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 23, 2008

A Chicago research and consulting firm this morning downgraded its 2008 U.S. foodservice industry nominal growth forecast from 5.1 percent to 3.6 percent, citing a larger-than-expected slowdown in discretionary consumer spending.

At its Foodservice Planning Program meeting, Technomic said that real spending will likely fall this year due to a 4 percent inflation rate.

''Because the restaurant industry often serves as a leading economic

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 22, 2008

United States Cold Storage has completed expansion plans for its Tulare-North, Calif., distribution center. A groundbreaking is scheduled for later this month and operations are slated to start in  August.

The expansion will add 2.7 million cubic feet of dry storage space, including nearly 11,000 storage rack positions and 4.5 million cubic feet of multi-temperature refrigerated space featuring 17,000 pallet positions.

The $29 million

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 18, 2008

Kona Blue Water Farms has raised $2.6 million to expand its operations in Kona, Hawaii, and is seeking further funding to begin international expansion, the company announced today. Kona Blue Water Farms, the first integrated hatchery and open-ocean aquaculture operation in the United States, sustainably raises Kona Kampachi, a Hawaiian yellowtail fish.

The company's open-ocean production techniques allow it to grow the fish at ocean depths of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 11, 2008

A transatlantic partnership announced yesterday that its first seafood product in compostable packaging is now available at ASDA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart in the United Kingdom.

Easy-peel, cooked jumbo king prawns from The All Natural Seafood Co. in Canada are available in biodegradable packaging developed by Dawnfresh Seafoods of Scotland. The in-shell prawns, which are Pacific white shrimp from Thailand, are available exclusively

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
January 7, 2008

Edward Wood Jr. may not be one of the most popular businessmen in the quaint Florida Panhandle fishing village of Port St. Joe. But he's certainly one of the most innovative and unique. Wood's company, Wood's Fisheries, a fifth-generation business, processes both wild and farmed shrimp, the latter originating from its 300-acre farm. Raising shrimp allows Wood to run his plant year-round, fill in his supply gaps and meet his retail and

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Steven Hedlund

Published on
April 1, 2006

Originally published on SeaFoodBusiness.com.

As buyers turn to less expensive langostino, species indentification gets muddled

Long John Silver’s became the latest restaurant operator to add langostino to its menu when it launched Buttered Lobster Bites as a Lenten promotion. The item’s Feb. 27 debut was a big hit among the quick-service chain’s patrons (see Newsline, p. 8). But it also caused consumers to wonder what

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Alaskan cod is getting a major publicity boost in China thanks to McDonald’s, which is running a billboard campaign across the Chinese capital promoting the provenance of its cod burgers. 

The poster campaign – targeting bus stops across Beijing – is promoting a CNY 17 (USD 2.50, EUR 2.10) cod burger special, which heavily emphasizes that the burgers are made of “deep-sea Alaska cod.”

McDonald’s

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