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What Consumers Want: The Future of Sustainable Seafood

Speakers: Christine Burns Rudalevige, Coastal Culinary Academy; Abbie Curtis O’Reilly, GlobeScan; Brandon Hill, Sustainable Restaurant Group; Jennifer Lambert, Loblaw Companies Ltd.; Jan Tharp, Bumble Bee Seafoods; Shelley Zang, Kroger

A recent consumer survey found that 79 percent of American seafood consumers agree that fish must be protected for future generations. However, only 15 percent of American seafood consumers feel that retailers and large companies are effectively protecting the ocean environment. How can this gap be bridged? This session will attempt to better understand consumer behavior and the roles that brands, retailers, distributors, restaurants, and NGOs play in this important space. It will also unpack consumer decision-making at point of purchase, and the role the Marine Stewardship Council plays in purchase motivators. The panel will open with an overview of the survey results by Globescan, followed by input from industry leaders on how they are engaging with consumers and making them feel more confident in their purchases. Time will be dedicated to engaging the audience in a discussion about how to empower consumers in their purchasing decisions. The goal of this session is to gain an understanding of consumer purchasing motivators and market trends so that seafood brands, retailers, etc., can better inform their sustainability practices.

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Top 25 North American Seafood Suppliers, Volume 3

Produced since 1999, the Top 25 North American Seafood Suppliers list (originally published in SeaFood Business magazine) is, perennially, the most-read story produced by SeafoodSource. Containing suppliers, wholesalers and distributors - companies with vastly different business models - the list reveals the diversity and vibrancy of the seafood industry in North America.


Ensuring the Safety of Japanese Seafood

With Strategies for Dealing with FDA Import Alerts & Import Decisions

Benjamin L. 
England & Associates, LLC, LLC

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Oysterlicious - Oyster Master's Class

Oysters are one of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Super Sustainable” seafood options. But all oysters are not created equal. Five different species, hundreds of different growing areas, can make an oyster menu as diverse as a wine list. World Champion Oyster Shucker, author and restauranteur, Patrick McMurray will take the attendees on a virtual oyster tour — through the species, and tastings of different regions of North America, and around the world.

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Communication 101: Making Seafood Easier to Digest

Speaker(s)/Moderator(s): Steven Hedlund, Editor, (Moderator)
Chuck Anderson, Sousa Seafood
Ryan McKay, Tradex Foods 
Mary Smith, Santa Monica Seafood

Duration: 1 hour 57 minutes

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Protect yourself from short-weighting

Seafood good quality control best practices. 

David Sefcik 
Weights & Measures Division 
National Institute of Standard & Technology (NIST)

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Who's on Top? SeaFood Business' Top North American Seafood Suppliers

Ignacio Kleiman, CEO, Glacier Securities (a division of Islandsbanki), New York
Tim Antilla, Senior Vice President, Seafood and Maritime Industries, Wells Fargo Bank, Seattle
James Wright, Senior Editor, SeaFood Business magazine

Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes

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Fighting the mercury myth: How to reach your customers through the hysteria

A number of high-profile cases of mercury poisoning causing developmental disorders in the 1950s and 1960s dealt a body blow to the seafood industry, scaring parents into literally taking seafood out of the mouths of their children. The terror continues to this day, despite modern science showing the fears are unwarranted.

In this on-demand webinar, we'll hear the truth about how safe seafood is to eat, even for pregnant women and young children, and how you can get the message across to your customers.

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BLOCKCHAIN IN THE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY: Increasing transparency and efficiency in supply chains

BLOCKCHAIN IN THE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY: Increasing transparency and efficiency in supply chains

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Social Sustainability in Fisheries Value Chains

Speakers: Herman Wisse, The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI); Darian McBain, Thai Union; Hugo Byrnes, Ahold Delhaize; Sonja Schmid, The Consumer Goods Forum; Joe Zelasney, Food And Agriculture Organization

Globally, great efforts have been made to ensure seafood is produced and traded in an environmentally sustainable manner, while the promotion of social sustainability in seafood value chains has been much slower. The need to address critical social labor issues in the seafood industry is now globally understood and widely acknowledged. For this session, GSSI will be joined by the Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) to discuss the two organizations’ collaboration to develop a global benchmark for social compliance schemes in the seafood sector. By providing an open-source list of recognized schemes, the GSSI – SSCI benchmark tool will deliver clear guidance on which seafood schemes cover key social compliance criteria and apply robust verification practices. GSSI and SSCI will also be joined by industry experts from across the supply chain and international organizations to discuss the role of international instruments and the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration in safeguarding human rights throughout seafood value chains.

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