At the 2002 West Coast Seafood Show in Los Angeles, I interviewed George Chamberlain, president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, about the Aquaculture Certification Council, a voluntary, third-party farmed shrimp certification program he spearheaded. At the time, the program was still in its infancy. "It's gradually gaining support," he told me, "and I think it's very important for the industry to adopt."
Six years later, one-quarter of… Read More
Surimi seafood marketer Trans-Ocean Products announced yesterday that it has signed a contract with Information Resources (IRI) to track its retail sales data.
Trans-Ocean says the Chicago company provides a more complete look at the refrigerated seafood category than its previous supplier, which provided sales data in only the surimi seafood category. With IRI, the Bellingham, Wash., company can now access sales data from product categories… Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in today's Federal Register it is seeking third-party certification organizations to participate in a pilot program for farmed shrimp.
The program, part of the federal government's new import safety strategy, was unveiled yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt at the inaugural Import Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., attended by hundreds of food company executives and… Read More
Harvest Select Catfish on Tuesday announced two appointments to its operations management team.
With more than 24 years of catfish industry experience, Phil Craft assumed the position of VP of operations. In his new role, Craft will oversee plant operations at the company's processing facilities in Uniontown, Ala., and Eudora, Ark.
"Phil Craft has a great sense of the industry in both the value-added, and operations and supply sectors,"… Read More
Fishery Products International yesterday announced it appointed Jim LaBelle VP of sales and marketing.
LaBelle previously held the title of VP of marketing at FPI. Since joining the company in 2003, he has served as senior director of retail/club sales and marketing as well as foodservice marketing director.
LaBelle has also held senior-level positions at Ocean Spray and Wine.com. In his new position, he will be responsible for… Read More
Clean Seas Tuna today announced that a bluefin tuna breeding program in Europe has successfully replicated techniques it pioneered in Australia.
The company says research consortium Allotuna reported productive spawning of Atlantic bluefin tuna, using the same strategy Clean Seas of Port Lincoln, Australia, used earlier this year with Southern bluefin tuna.
Allotuna's international research team, which includes members of Clean Seas'… Read More
Fish and its omega-3 fatty acids should be considered more than just a healthy part of a diet, but among the most important treatments for coronary heart disease (CHD) and sudden cardiac death (SCD), says a Harvard professor of medicine.
"Modest consumption of fish or fish oil, together with smoking cessation and regular moderate physical activity, should be among the first-line treatments for prevention of CHD death and SCD," writes Dr.… Read More
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines America (MOL America) announced Osamu Suzuki is retiring after three years as president and CEO.
Suzuki held numerous positions since joining MOL in 1973. He served as general manager of the liner division and managing director of MOL Asia and he has accepted a post-retirement position as executive VP of MOL Ferry Co., Japan.
Nororu Kitazawa will replace Suzuki as president, CEO and chairman. Kitazawa has been with MOL… Read More
Thailand's Foreign Trade Department is warning its exporters to improve their seafood-processing standards to ensure they meet the standards set by the European Union, the Financial Times reported today.
Director-General Apiradi Tantraporn said Thailand's Overseas Commercial Office in Brussels said the EU may ban frozen seafood imports from some countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations due to concerns over hygienic problems.
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The 2008 Sofi Award Winners were announced last week at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's 54th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.
Two seafood products received gold honors. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. of Cundy's Harbor, Maine, won for Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili for its Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque and in the Outstanding Pasta, Rice or Grain category for its Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese.
Ducktrap… Read More