NFI, FMI partner to standardize seafood buying process

Published on
April 29, 2021

FMI – The Food Industry Association and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) have teamed up to offer forms designed to standardize the seafood buying process.

The two organizations created fillable forms for retailers and wholesalers to use when sending seafood product specifications to suppliers. The fillable forms allow organizations to indicate their product requirements and enable seafood suppliers to consolidate their communication, FMI and NFI said in a press release.

Shrimp, scallop, and snow crab forms are now available, and the organizations are developing additional forms for salmon (farm-raised and wild-caught) and finfish.

“The goal is to streamline and standardize the language and specifications for each seafood species to help suppliers comply and fill orders,” the groups said.

The forms can be used to elevate supplier performance and vet suppliers, hold suppliers accountable, and to level set quotations.

“With all suppliers quoting to the exact specification, you can get an accurate gauge of your cost and eliminate the outliers,” FMI said.

Retailers and wholesalers can also use the forms to test the product to confirm adherence to the specification.

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