Fri. Oct 30 2020

Former Bumble Bee CEO Lischewski Set to Pay State of Washington $100K; Argues Unfair Trial in Appeal


NMFS Files Emergency Rule to Allow West Coast Sablefish Season to Extend Beyond October  


More Pebble Tapes Reveal — Win or Lose — A Plan to Get $Billions From Taxpayers


West Coast Pink Shrimp Season a Win for Landings; Not so Much for Markets, Price  


AquaBounty Technologies Identifies Potential Location For 10,000 Metric Ton Salmon Farm  


Blue Circle Foods Releases Sustainable Pacific White Shrimp Product  


Mexico's Third Largest Grocery Chain Commits to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing


Scary Sea Stories From Kodiak for Halloween


Red Lobster Serves Up Seafood Appetizer Special for Veterans Day


Study: Keeping Big Fish in Ocean Leads to Lower Carbon Dioxide Emissions


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 30


Thu. Oct 29 2020

NWAA Issues Challenge to Patagonia and WFC For Their “No Net Pens” Campaign in Puget Sound


New Study: Bering Sea Pollock Moving Between Russian and U.S. Waters More Frequently  


Sernapesca Confirms ISAv in Los Lagos Region, Notifies of Suspicion in Aysén Region  


Pacific Seafood Named the Official Meat and Seafood Provider of Pac-12 Conference


Quirch Foods Completes Merger With Colorado Boxed Beef One Month After Making Initial Announcement


Cadence Kitchen, Flash-Frozen Food Company Expands Menu to Include More Seafood Options


Walton Family Foundation Supporting ChefsForThePolls, Providing Seafood Meals to Voters


Russian State May Provide Subsidies for Exporters of Domestic Fish Products


Earthworm Foundation, IPNLF Partner to Boost Sustainability of Tuna Industry  


SeaAhead, New England Aquarium Pick Startups for BlueSwell Incubator Program


Bear River First Nation to Start Self-regulated Fishery in Nova Scotia


Green Plains and Hayashikane Form Exclusive Partnership


Quebec-based Mining Company Fined $350,000 for Violation of Fisheries Act


Wild Alaskan Company Brings Back Wild-Caught Alaskan Halibut Steaks  


Fishermen’s Expo at Sitka Goes ‘Pot Heavy’


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 29


Wed. Oct 28 2020

Russia’s Threat to Bering Sea Fleet Triggers Feds Suggestion: Subscribe to HYDROPAC


New Study Out of China Suggests June COVID-19 Outbreak Related to Cold Chain Contamination


USCG Cutter Alert Completes Marine Resource Patrol; Some Violations Questioned


Health Magazine Names Neptune's Wild Alaska Pollock Jerky One of the Best Snacks of 2020  


USDA’s CFAP Pays Out More Than $7 Billion in Second Round


Check Out Exclusive Online Insights from Metlife, Wells Fargo, and CIH


Blue Apron x Chef Edouardo Jordan Introduces New Salmon Recipe  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 28


Tue. Oct 27 2020

Publix, Atlantic Sapphire Collaboration Offers Customers Salmon Raised "In Our Own Backyard"  


State Legislator, Bristol Bay Groups to Dunleavy: “Please Listen to the People and Let Us Move On”


So Far, So Good: Early Tests Show Promise for California Crab Season  


LISTEN: Seafood Companies Sue Trump Administration; 2021 Food Trend Predictions and More


Salmon Permit Values Show Some Ups, Mostly Downs  


Consumers Begin to Venture Back Out to Eat with Cost in Mind


Cooke’s True North Brand Acquires Mariner Seafood


Fish Taco Chain Rubio’s Restaurants Files for Bankruptcy


Orca Bay Foods Issues Recall for Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Halibut Products  


Mowi Appoints Villarroel as COO of Farming Americas Branch


Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna Fishery Achieves MSC Certification


Kerecis Fish-Skin Wound Care Technology to Help U.S. Veterans


Check Out the Latest Updates to COMTELL!


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 27


Mon. Oct 26 2020

Minh Phu Responds To CBP Determination That MSeafood Evaded Antidumping Duty Order on Frozen Shrimp  


ANALYSIS: Frozen Salmon Fillets at All-time Lows  


ANALYSIS: Early Look at Stone Crab as Shortened Season Begins  


Watch Us Eat! We Try Korean Seaweed and Abalone Products


Top Chilean Salmon Importer Launches Direct-to-Consumer Salmon Brand  


Russia Hopes to Compensate Unsuccessful Salmon Fishing Season by Increase of Pollock Catch This Year  


Coast Guard Tows Disabled Fishing Vessel Off Kennebunk, Maine


Thai Union Pushes for Climate Change Cooperation on United Nations Day


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 26


Coast Guard Saves Two Fishing Vessels Last Thursday, More Than 4,000 Miles Apart


Bristol Seafood, University of New England Partner to Create New Scallop Testing Technology  


Four Manufacturers Sign Tender in Bid to Build Bakkafrost Workboat


Urner Barry's Market Briefing Brings You the Latest in Protein Pricing Insight


Fri. Oct 23 2020

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 23


Pure Blue Fish Creating 82 New Jobs With New Operation in South Carolina


Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic Krill Fishery Operations Re-certified by MSC


Gloucester to Receive $3 Million Grant From EDA To Protect City From Flooding


NOAA's New and Improved Catch Shares Online System to Launch This Fall


EDF's "Everyone's Gulf" Program Provides Virtual Cooking Class to Houston Students


Massive, State of the Art Feed Barge Enroute to Arctic Offshore Farming’s Fellesholmen Site


NOAA Seeking Input on Gulf of Mexico, Southern California Aquaculture Opportunity Areas


Another Month, Another Historic Low in Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico  


ANALYSIS: Downwards Pressure on the Mussel Market  


Strong Seafood Sales Predicted for Holidays, Lent


Advisory Bodies to SAFMC Have Openings for Commercial Representatives


Capt. Neill’s Barred by FDA from Importing Food into US for 5 Years


Trio of Seafood Companies Sue Trump Administration, Argue USDA Payments Were Aimed at Re-election


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Former Bumble Bee CEO Lischewski Set to Pay State of Washington $100K; Argues Unfair Trial in Appeal

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods Christopher Lischewski will pay $100,000 to the state for his role in the canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy.

In June, the state filed a lawsuit against top tuna canner StarKist and the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, Christopher Lischewski over a price-fixing conspiracy which he said took $6 million out of the pockets of residents...

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NMFS Files Emergency Rule to Allow West Coast Sablefish Season to Extend Beyond October

COVID-19's disruption to the seafood industry continues with a tumultuous turn for the primary fixed gear sablefish fleet off the West Coast. Sablefish fishermen made an impassioned plea to the Pacific Fishery Management Council in September, requesting the primary limited entry fixed gear season be extended to the end of the year.

It's the first time in 20 years this sector would not be able to harvest more than 90 percent of its allocation ...

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More Pebble Tapes Reveal — Win or Lose — A Plan to Get $Billions From Taxpayers

Yesterday the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Investigation Agency released two more tapes, a total of about 18 minutes of comments from Ron Thiessen, CEO of Northern Dynasty, the Canadian parent of Pebble Limited Partnership. 

The mine is still in a permitting process, with a mitigation plan to be sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by November 20. But win or lose that battle, the tapes show Thiessen describing a windfall of either $1.2 billion from Alaskarn taxpayers or just under a trillion ...

 

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West Coast Pink Shrimp Season a Win for Landings; Not so Much for Markets, Price

Call the 2020 shrimp season a muddled mess. The season opened in April, just as shutdowns due to the coronavirus were happening and the future in the face of the pandemic was unfolding.

But while the season may have opened on time, shrimpers on much of the coast held out for 45 days -- both in hopes of a better price and to let the small shrimp, prevalent at the beginning of the season, grow larger.

"But they were borderline to bring in, even after 45...

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AquaBounty Technologies Identifies Potential Location For 10,000 Metric Ton Salmon Farm

AquaBounty Technologies is eyeing Mayfield, Kentucky, as a potential location for their new large-scale farm.

AquaBounty conducted an exhaustive nationwide search for their first large-scale commercial facility, and ultimately found Mayfield to be the frontrunner after evaluating approximately 230 sites. The land-based aquaculture company's current operating farm in Albany, Indiana, has an annual production capacity of 1,200 metric tons. The new location will have an annual production capacity of 10,000 metric tons, which is about eight times the size of the current operating farm...

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Blue Circle Foods Releases Sustainable Pacific White Shrimp Product

Blue Circle Foods launched its Blue Circle Shrimp product which was farmed in partnership with Lanec Corporation. The Pacific White Shrimp, farmed in Ecuador and will offer shoppers a sustainable shrimp option through its online store at a $19.99 price tag.

Lanec is a family-owned farm located on a remote coast of Ecuador which specializes in Pacific White Shrimp farming in its ocean-water ponds with minimal environmental impact and without harm to mangroves.

“We are thrilled to be working with a family farm with such an excellent reputation...

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Scary Sea Stories From Kodiak for Halloween

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch ---

Tomorrow night is Halloween! Kodiak fishermen shared some of their real life scary stories with Fish Radio.

  • In 1989 I was out on the Marmot W out towards Portlock and it was the middle of the night.  We were hauling gear at about 2 or 3 in the morning, and we wanted to let the gear soak. While I was napping I had a dream – I was in a bar and encountered an attractive woman and she turned into a sea hag...

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Study: Keeping Big Fish in Ocean Leads to Lower Carbon Dioxide Emissions

An international team of scientists say that if more big fish are left in the ocean, less carbon dioxide (CO2).

Scientists explained that when a fish dies in the ocean, it sinks to its depths, sequestrating all the carbon it contains with it. This is described as ‘blue carbon’ or carbon capture and stores in the oceans and coastal ecosystems.

"But when a fish is caught, the carbon it contains is partly emitted into the atmosphere as CO2 a few days or weeks after," said Gaël Mariani, a PhD student at the University of Montpellier in France...

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New Study: Bering Sea Pollock Moving Between Russian and U.S. Waters More Frequently

While scientists have seen a northward shift in pollock distribution in the Bering Sea for several years now, NOAA Fisheries Oceanographer Lisa Eisner said this research is unique. The new study is called "Environmental impacts on walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) distribution across the Bering Sea shelf" and was published this month in ScienceDirect.

“…[T]his is the first time we have been able to work together with Russian scientists to confirm both the northward shift and the long suspected movement of fish between the U.S. and Russia,” ...

 

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Pacific Seafood Named the Official Meat and Seafood Provider of Pac-12 Conference

Pacific Seafood has entered a multi-year partnership with Pac-12 to become the official meat and seafood provider of the Pac-12 Conference.

The partnership between Pacific Seafood and Pac-12 will kick off during the upcoming 2020 season. As part of the deal, Pacific will be the official partner of the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, as well as the 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.  In addition, the seafood company will also receive event signage rights to the football championship game and...

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Cadence Kitchen, Flash-Frozen Food Company Expands Menu to Include More Seafood Options

Cadence Kitchen, a company that uses liquid nitrogen for its frozen products announced it has expanded its range of menu items at over 200 retail partner locations with 11 new dishes including a few seafood-focused options.

The company said it is looking to meet consumer demand for “higher quality, convenience and international variety in-home cooking during a post-COVID reality.”

The new range of items includes a number of sustainably sourced seafood plates. Cadence released its Scallops Carbonara, Lobster Tortellini...

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Russian State May Provide Subsidies for Exporters of Domestic Fish Products  

The Russian government may consider the provision of state subsidies to domestic fish processors, exporting their products to abroad, according to some state sources and Russian media reports. Such measure will raise the competitiveness of domestic fish processors in the international arena and allow them to compete with major Asian rivals.   

So far, the possibility of export subsidies has already been supported by some leading Russian fish processors, particularly Dobroflot Group of Companies.  

As Alexander Efremov, head of the company, said in an interview with...

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SeaAhead, New England Aquarium Pick Startups for BlueSwell Incubator Program

SeaAhead and the New England Aquarium have chosen six startups for the BlueSwell Incubator Program aimed at early-stage bluetech companies. The incubator will aim at creating and growing startups that will leave a strong impact on ocean health, sustainable ocean industries and global resilience.

The following companies were selected for the first BlueSwell Cohort:

- SeaDeep: Enhanced 3D sea-floor ocean imaging, data visualization and analytics for better environmental characterization

- VINCI VR: Highly realistic, effective, and low-cost VR training software with the ability to real-time change the training environment without coding...

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Quebec-based Mining Company Fined $350,000 for Violation of Fisheries Act

Breakwater Resources Limited, operators of the Langlois Mine in Quebec, Canada pleaded guilty in Val d’Or courthouse to one count of violating the Fisheries Act. The company will be fined $350,000 CAD directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

Back in February of 2018, a 500-liter spill of locculent from the Langlois mining site in Lebel sur Quévillon resulted in a discharge of acutely lethal effluent into the Wedding River, Environment and Climate Change Canada noted...

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Green Plains and Hayashikane Form Exclusive Partnership

OMAHA, Neb -- Green Plains Inc., a leading producer of corn for biofuel and various feed products, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Optimal Aquafeed, announced their exclusive partnership with Hayashikane Sangyo of Japan on Tuesday of this week. Hayashikane Sangyo is one of the oldest and most successful integrated aquafeed companies in the world. 

The new partnership will deliver innovative solutions for fast-growing global aquaculture markets using technology developed and deployed in Japan. These solutions are a perfect complement to Green Plains' ultra-high protein ingredients produced at its biorefineries.

"Our partnership with ...

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Russia’s Threat to Bering Sea Fleet Triggers Feds Suggestion: Subscribe to HYDROPAC

Despite the harrowing narrative of Bering Sea captains in the pollock, cod, and halibut fishery who were faced with Russia’s display of military might for two days last August while they were fishing within the U.S. EEZ, all federal officials could suggest at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council was for the mariners to subscribe to HYDROPAC, a part of the U.S. long range radio navigational warning system. 

No one, including the federal officials, sounded particularly happy about that, but it was as far as they could go ...

 

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USCG Cutter Alert Completes Marine Resource Patrol; Some Violations Questioned

The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert (WMEC-630) returned to their home port of Astoria, Ore., Tuesday following a 60-day living marine resources patrol that began in late August.

The cutter and crew patrolled the California coast, from Humboldt County to the Southern Maritime Border with Mexico, enforcing federal, state and local policies aboard U.S. commercial fishing vessels.

In direct support of the Coast Guard’s Ocean Steward and Ocean Guardian strategic guidance, the Alert completed 38 vessel boardings that enforced fisheries regulations and reporting compliance ...

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USDA’s CFAP Pays Out More Than $7 Billion in Second Round

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Monday that in the first month of the application period, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 

CFAP provides financial assistance to certain producers who have suffered a 5% o greater price decline, or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs...

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Mexico's Third Largest Grocery Chain Commits to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing 

With support from NGO SmartFish Rescate de Valor, Grupo Chedraui, Mexico's third largest grocery chain, has committed to sourcing sustainable seafood. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Latin American Summit on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Chedraui is the first supermarket chain from Latin America to join a global movement of retail companies contributing to the conservation of aquatic ecosystems through their purchasing decisions.

According to Chedraui's senior seafood buyer, Armando Askari Becerril, the decision to adopt a sustainable seafood purchasing policy is part of the company's measures...

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Red Lobster Serves Up Seafood Appetizer Special for Veterans Day

To honor Veterans Day and give thanks to those who have served, those in active duty and the reserves, Red Lobster is offering dine-in guests a free appetizer or dessert on Wednesday, November 11.

Guests may choose their free appetizer or dessert from a special menu that includes the following selections...

 

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NWAA Issues Challenge to Patagonia and WFC For Their “No Net Pens” Campaign in Puget Sound

Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) sent an invitation and a challenge to the billion-dollar outdoor gear and clothing manufacturer “to engage with our organization and our scientists to learn the real story of aquaculture—land-based, freshwater, and marine.”

Patagonia Provisions, a subsidiary company of Patagonia, sells high-end camping provisions, including food sourced from producers who meet standards of sustainability set by the company. A variety of wild fish products are offered on their website. 

Now the company has partnered with the Wild ...

 

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Sernapesca Confirms ISAv in Los Lagos Region, Notifies of Suspicion in Aysén Region

The Infectious Salmon Anemia virus (ISAv) in the Los Lagos region has been confirmed by Sernapesca, Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service.

Sernapesca released a news release last Tuesday stating that they had received positive results for ISAv at a farm owned by Granja Marina Tornagaleones SA. Veterinarians with the agency had entered the farm the day prior to evaluate the sanitary conditions of the fish and environment of the center. During that inspection the veterinarians performed a necropsy on specimens “in search of the signology of...

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Quirch Foods Completes Merger With Colorado Boxed Beef One Month After Making Initial Announcement

On September 18 Quirch Foods and Colorado Boxed Beef announced that they had agreed to merge their companies. Now, a month later, the merger is officially complete. 

“With Colorado Boxed Beef and its operating companies now part of our unique portfolio of leading protein companies, we have increased our core domestic retail business and expanded into new geographies and channels,” said Frank Grande, President and CEO of Quirch. “As a result, we are delivering a broader and more diverse product offering, including a number of...

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Walton Family Foundation Supporting ChefsForThePolls, Providing Seafood Meals to Voters

The Walton Family Foundation announced it will work alongside the World Central Kitchen and provide sustainably sourced seafood meals to voters that hit the polls during the early voting period and on Election Day.

The non-partisan initiative is called ‘#ChefsForThePolls’ and attempts to use the pwer of food to strengthen communities. It works with local chefs nationwide to provide meals to polling stations that typically have long lines, strong turnouts or limited facilities...

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Earthworm Foundation, IPNLF Partner to Boost Sustainability of Tuna Industry

Looking to further the cause of sustainable fishing, the Earthworm Foundation and the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) have partnered.

IPNLF and Earthworm Foundation both look to create a sustainable seafood industry through the supply chain. They are specifically looking at the French market to create a strong and more responsible management of global tuna stocks by “promoting sustainable fishing practices as well as improving working conditions for employees, both at sea and on land.”

The duo will also strengthen The Tuna Protection Alliance (TUPA)...

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Bear River First Nation to Start Self-regulated Fishery in Nova Scotia

Another First Nation is starting a self-regulated fishery in Nova Scotia even though it suffered backlash from the decision of the Sipekne'katik First Nation to harvest lobster outside the federally regulated fishing season.

Chief Carol Dee Potter of the Bear River First Nation issued a statement Monday saying no one consulted her band before Sipekne'katik members launched an out-of-season fishery Sept. 17, prompting a series of violent protests and vandalism by non-Indigenous agitators...

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Wild Alaskan Company Brings Back Wild-Caught Alaskan Halibut Steaks

Wild Alaskan Company is bringing back wild-caught Alaskan halibut steaks! 

The direct-to-consumer sustainable seafood membership company announced this week that for an additional $60 members will be able to add four 8 oz packs of Alaskan halibut steaks to their order.

“Growing up in Homer, Alaska - the halibut capital of the world - my family and I did a lot of halibut sportfishing,” said Wild Alaskan Company founder and CEO, Aaron Kallenberg. “I remember fileting our halibut catch on the back deck of my...

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Fishermen’s Expo at Sitka Goes ‘Pot Heavy’

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

The Fishermen’s Fall Expo at Sitka next month will be virtual and while everyone misses meeting together, more people can benefit from workshops and good discussions no matter where they live.

Natalie Sattler is program coordinator for the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association and the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust. 

“Usually, it's Sitka fishermen and women that come in and get to participate in these trainings and workshops. But this year, we're hoping to have a broader scope of folks throughout the...

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New Study Out of China Suggests June COVID-19 Outbreak Related to Cold Chain Contamination

A study published last Friday in the National Science Review suggests that the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred in Beijing in June may have been caused by contaminated imported cold chain products.

As SeafoodNews reported back in June, Beijing reported a spike in COVID-19 cases after previously having no new cases in more than 50 days. The first cluster of cases were linked to the Xinfadi Market, which supplies fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood to most of the capital...

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Health Magazine Names Neptune's Wild Alaska Pollock Jerky One of the Best Snacks of 2020

Finally, some good news in 2020 … One for Neptune's Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Jerky has been named one of the best healthy snacks of the year!

"This product deserves this praise and recognition and we couldn't be prouder to partner with Neptune on a new snack made with our amazing Wild Alaska Pollock," said Craig Morris, CEO of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers. 

Health Magazine's editors tested more than 100 new products and narrowed the competition down to 37 snacks...

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