Foodservice & Retail

Published on
January 17, 2018

The Spring Festival marketing spree is in full swing at one of China’s leading fisheries companies with the launch of a gift box that includes croaker, sea cucumber, and salmon.

State-owned Liaoning Province Dalian Ocean Fishery Group Co. (also known as Liaoyu)  is selling the gift boxes under its “Yuan Yang” brand. The company introduced the new product at a glitzy Chinese New Year marketing event for vendors to mark the 1… Read More

Published on
January 16, 2018

In an amusing case of mislabeling in China’s seafood market, a company in Dalian is selling “Boston Antarctic Shrimp Intestine” as a packaged snack offering. 

Dalian San Yu Stainless Steel Equipment Co., a cannery, is marketing the heat-treated snacks in supermarkets and convenience stores across northern China.

The company also offers 160-gram cans of “South Pole Fish and Shrimp Luncheon Meat.”

Chinese seafood … Read More

By

Cliff White

Published on
January 15, 2018

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that John West Australia is affiliated with John West UK and owned by Thai Union. The John West Australia brand is independently owned and operated by Simplot.

Marine Stewardship Council-certified John West Australia tuna is being sold in a number of retail outlets across China, according to the company’s supplier, Pacifical.

Pacifical is the marketing arm of tun… Read More

By

Christine Blank

Published on
January 15, 2018

Young’s Seafood Limited launched its Young’s Brand into the United States, with national distribution at Walmart, Sam’s Club, and several grocery chains operated by Ahold Delhaize.

Seven of Young’s products, including Wild Caught Cod Fillets in Beer Batter, Wild Caught Haddock Fillets in Beer Batter, Flipper Dippers and Crispy Battered Cod and Chips, Wild Caught Chunky Haddock Fillets in Light Crispy Batter and Wild Caught… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
January 12, 2018

Walmart abruptly closed 63 of its Sam’s Club stores across the United States on Thursday, 11 January, leaving a plethora of seafood suppliers scrambling.

Sam’s Club previously operated 660 stores in 47 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy,” Sam’s Club said via its Twitter account. “Clo… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
January 12, 2018

On Monday, 15 January, U.S.-based seafood restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods will once again be honoring National Soup Month with its annual “Chowda Day” promotion, wherein customers can cozy up to a cup of New England Clam Chowder for just USD 1.00 (EUR 0.83) with the purchase of an entrée at participating Legal locations. 

Legal Sea Foods, which was founded in Massachusetts in 1950, has 26 locations across the Bay State, a… Read More

Published on
January 11, 2018

Chinese New Year is kicking off early at leading Chinese seafood distributor Dayuchang, which is promoting live Canadian lobsters as the perfect gift for the 16 February holiday.

Dayuchang is selling 1.9-kg live Canadian lobsters for CNY 699 (USD 107.40, EUR 89.72) and 2.25-kg lobsters for CNY 999 (USD 153.50, EUR 128.23). Separately, the firm is listing Clearwater-branded lobster at CNY 358 (USD 55.00, EUR 45.95) per one kg.   

A CNY 8… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
January 10, 2018
Slapfish dish

Fast-casual seafood franchise Slapfish – which got its start in Newport Beach, California as a food truck – is taking its crave-worthy concept cross-country with a U.S. East Coast expansion into Florida, the company announced on 9 January.  

The first Florida-based Slapfish restaurant is slated to open in Orlando by mid-2018, with 10 more brick-and-mortar shops planned to take shape throughout the state over the next five ye… Read More

By

Cliff White

Published on
January 8, 2018

Two of China’s largest online vendors have begun opening bricks-and-mortar supermarkets, equipped with technological wizardry designed to create “premium-quality offline shopping experience.”

On 4 January in Beijing, JD.com officially opened of the first of a planned chain of 7FRESH stores, representing the e-commerce giant’s first foray into the world of traditional retail.

“One of the biggest factors that has drive… Read More

Published on
January 8, 2018

French supermarket chain Carrefour is allowing its Chinese customers to pre-order live crustaceans and shellfish from overseas, and is promising direct delivery to customers’ homes within 24 hours. 

The new service, which the retailer introduced in December on a trial basis, appears to be a play for high-income Chinese consumers, who have come to favor online shopping at e-commerce giants like JD.com, Tmall.com, and Yihaodian.com.

To e… Read More