Mon. Feb 6 2023

Japan: 2022 Frozen Scallop Exports Record 111,392 MT, JPY 81.1 Billion, Up by 17% and 51%  


Urner Barry Achieves Heightened Level of IOSCO Compliance


Fri. Feb 3 2023

ANALYSIS: China’s Appetite for Imported Shrimp Confirmed  


ANALYSIS: Pangasius Market Reporting Oversupply Ahead of Seafood Holidays  


Iceland Seafood Pauses Sale of UK Ops After Multiple Deals Fall Through and Business Improves


Nordic Halibut Land-Based Facility Receives Zoning Plan Application Approval


Japan: The First Shipment of RAS-Farmed Sockeye Salmon This Spring  


ODFW Promotes Two Staff in Marine Resources Program


Fisheries Council of Canada Advocates for Sufficient Funds for Indigenous Reconciliation


Top 10 Trends Revealed From 2023 Winter Fancy Food Show


Koibito Poke Expanding With 7 New Locations


Bonefish Grill Adds Sunday Brunch to the Menu, Including a Crab and Fontina Cheese Frittata  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, February 3


Thu. Feb 2 2023

VIDEO: Pebble Mine Update; JD.com's Chinese New Year Sales; Tesco Closes Seafood Counters


Wild Fish Conservancy Lawsuit May Shut Down 2023 Salmon Troll Season in Alaska


Trident Seafoods Celebrates 50 Years


2023 Boston Seafood Show Exhibit Hall Space Currently 25% Bigger Than Last Year


Online Grocery Sales Forecast for Further Growth Following Pandemic Boom


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, February 2


Wed. Feb 1 2023

Tesco to Close Remaining UK Seafood Counters Beginning February 26


EPA Vetoes Pebble Mine Project to Protect Bristol Bay’s Salmon Run


Russia Overtakes The United States In Global Pollock Fillets Market  


Blue Star Foods Enters Into Agreement to Supply Cod to Just Food For Dogs


The Retail Rundown: Comparing Urner Barry's Protein Indices


Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Sub Featuring King & Prince Seafood Product  


The NPD Group: Restaurant Industry Witnesses Stability Following Myriad of Headwinds


Gorton’s Seafood Launches Two New Air Fryer Products  


Citrus Lime Shrimp Back at QDOBA By Popular Demand  


Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Seeking Nominations To Fill Vacancies


Plant Protein Firm Modern Meat Lands Government R&D Grant for Vegan Seafood


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, February 1


Tue. Jan 31 2023

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 31


Planet Based Foods Now Found in Major Southwestern Grocery Retailer


Seafood Tops Kroger’s Food Trends Prediction List for 2023


BioMar, Benson Hill Announce Collaboration for High-Performance Aquafeed Formulation


Three Rescued From Sinking Commercial Fishing Vessel Near Pascagoula, Mississippi


SEA-NL Schedules Election For New President


Steve Tippmann Retires After 36 Years with Tippmann Group; John Tippmann III to Fill Role


Mon. Jan 30 2023

U.S. and Canada Reach One-Year Accord on Pacific Halibut, Catch Limits Down 10% in 2023


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 30


The Winding Glass: Kodiak Crab Strike Has Ended, But It Is A Sign Of Disputes To Come This Spring  


Jeff Loder Named New Executive Director of the Association of Seafood Producers


Seafood Shines on JD.com During Chinese New Year Holiday  


Russia Ready for Increase of Shrimp Catch in 2023  


PODCAST: Oregon Crab Update; Valentine’s Day Spending and More  


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Japan: 2022 Frozen Scallop Exports Record 111,392 MT, JPY 81.1 Billion, Up by 17% and 51%

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance on January 27, exports of frozen scallops (shell-on and shell-off combined) in 2022 reached 111,392 tons, an increase of 17% from the previous year. It was also a 51% increase in value to 81.1 billion ($618.23 million), surpassing the previous year's record in volume, and value, which was the highest since 1988 when the current HS code system was introduced. Due to strong overseas demand and the effect of the weaker...

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ANALYSIS: China’s Appetite for Imported Shrimp Confirmed

The Chinese consumer market was boosted in January by the end of the COVID restrictions and the annual public holiday, celebrating the Lunar New Year on the 22nd. According to Chinese customs data, shrimp trade increased in volumes in November and December. A strong buying interest was further confirmed from Chinese importers, and had been confirmed this week by sources in Ecuador...

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ANALYSIS: Pangasius Market Reporting Oversupply Ahead of Seafood Holidays 

Import volumes through November 2022 are reporting 264.6 million pounds. This is the highest year-to-date total since the 2016 record year brought in just over 3 million pounds more for the same timeframe at 267.6 million pounds. Monthly import volume has exceeded the previous 3-year monthly average thus far with the highest grossing month, June, boasting 196.4 percent above average bringing in just over 34 million pounds...

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Nordic Halibut Land-Based Facility Receives Zoning Plan Application Approval

Nordic Halibut (NOHAL) recently received some good news. The Tingvoll municipality council approved the zoning plan application for the company’s land-based halibut facility at Torjulvågen, Tingvoll. 

“We are really pleased that Tingvoll municipality continues to demonstrate its support to NOHAL’s plans to create local jobs and value creation through the development of a new land-based halibut facility,” said CEO Edvard Henden. 

The location for the new facility is unique in that it will allow NOHAL to access water of high quality...

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ODFW Promotes Two Staff in Marine Resources Program

Two Oregon Department of Fish and wildlife staff members have been promoted to section leads in the agency's Marine Resources Program.

Lynn Mattes, an ODFW staff member since 2008, will lead the Marine Fisheries Section on sport and commercial fisheries management.

Scott Groth, familiar face at the Coos Bay and Charleston ports, Groth is heading to Newport for his new role as the Resources Assessment and Management Section Leader beginning Feb. 20.

The Marine Fisheries Section team is responsible for ...

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Koibito Poke Expanding With 7 New Locations

Fast casual concept Koibito Poke is planning for major growth in 2023. The Hawaiian poke bowl chain announced this week that they will be adding seven new locations across their existing four markets.

“After several years of working to perfect our menu and concept, we are excited to look forward to explosive growth throughout the country,” said Todd Stottlemyre, former MLB pitcher and co-founder/ CEO of Koibito Poke. “We are receiving a lot of interest from prospective franchisees who are looking to participate in our success as we expand across the...

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Bonefish Grill Adds Sunday Brunch to the Menu, Including a Crab and Fontina Cheese Frittata

Restaurant chain Bonefish Grill is now offering Sunday brunch. And, of course, they do have some seafood on the new menu.

“We’re pleased to invite guests to discover the sophisticated flavors of our new brunch menu,” said Bonefish Grill Michael Healy. “With special entrees and creative cocktails, guests have even more delicious reasons to join us around the table.” 

The brunch menu is small but mighty. For seafood lovers the immediate choice will be the Crab and Fontina Cheese Frittata, which is an egg souffle...

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Wild Fish Conservancy Lawsuit May Shut Down 2023 Salmon Troll Season in Alaska

A 2020 lawsuit brought against NOAA Fisheries to invalidate a 2019 Biological Opinion could result in the shut down of Alaska’s 2023 salmon troll season. The lawsuit, won last year by the Washington-based Wild Fish Conservancy requires a rewrite of the BiOp, which provides Endangered Species Act coverage to all Southeast Alaska’s salmon fisheries. That it has been found inadequate may now result in no allowance for "incidental take" (IT) within the Endangered Species Act, essentially shutting down Alaska’s 2023 salmon troll season.

In its filing, WFC ...

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2023 Boston Seafood Show Exhibit Hall Space Currently 25% Bigger Than Last Year 

Seafood Expo North America, also known as the Boston Seafood Show, may be nearing a return to pre-pandemic times.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the subsequent cancellation of the event in 2020 and 2021, the Boston Seafood Show had attracted more than 22,000 seafood industry professionals from around the world. While the event finally made its return last year, it was a different experience than previous years. Some companies chose to attend but not exhibit, others...

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Tesco to Close Remaining UK Seafood Counters Beginning February 26

COVID-19 changed how people shop. And even as the world returns to “normal,” some stores are choosing not to go back to their old ways. This can be seen in the latest announcement from British retailer Tesco. The grocer announced on Tuesday that their stores will no longer feature counters and hot delis. This includes seafood counters.

Changes to their counters began back in 2019. But a big decision regarding closures didn’t come until February 2022, when Tesco revealed that they were closing seafood, meat and deli counters...

 

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Iceland Seafood Pauses Sale of UK Ops After Multiple Deals Fall Through and Business Improves

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has decided to shutter the sale process of its United Kingdom value-added operations after a pair of potential deals fell through and the business showed signs of progress.

ISI initially announced its intention to sell its UK-based business in Grimsby in November 2022. In the following months, ISI saw a pair of potential sales fall through, as SeafoodNews reported.

The initial LOI involved a “respected industry player” and local publication BusinessLive...

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Japan: The First Shipment of RAS-Farmed Sockeye Salmon This Spring

NTT East (NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE EAST CORPORATION), a giant telecommunication firm, held an event from January 24th through the 26th to introduce the group's technologies and case studies. It jointly held an event with the Okayama University of Science in Okayama City and a supermarket in Fukushima, Ichii also in Fukushima City. They have set up a booth for closed-loop land-based aquaculture (RAS) of sockeye salmon. According to a company representative, the first shipment of sockeye salmon is expected to start around spring this year...

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Fisheries Council of Canada Advocates for Sufficient Funds for Indigenous Reconciliation

OTTAWA, ON: Speaking at a Pre-Budget Consultation meeting before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday, February 2, Fisheries Council of Canada President Paul Lansbergen stressed the importance of sufficient financial support from the federal government to progress toward Indigenous reconciliation of fisheries.

“The federal government has committed to furthering Indigenous reconciliation, so financial resources must be allocated to make meaningful progress,” Lansbergen said.

Lansbergen also highlighted the association’s two other pre-budget submission recommendations...

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Top 10 Trends Revealed From 2023 Winter Fancy Food Show

Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel has released the top ten trends emerging from the January 15-17 Winter Fancy Food Show, an annual look at what specialty food producers are offering consumers, based on in part consumers’ purchasing behaviors.

The panel of half a dozen specialty food experts “navigated thousands of specialty food products showcased by more than 1,100 exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Center,” SFA said in a release. “After great deliberation through countless products, 10 overall trends have emerged,” the statement noted.

"Products that make home cooking ...

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VIDEO: Pebble Mine Update; JD.com's Chinese New Year Sales; Tesco Closes Seafood Counters

Join SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle as she breaks down three of the most read stories of the week; including an update on Pebble Mine, JD.com's Chinese New Year sales, and Tesco's decision to close all of their seafood counters.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by COMTELL’s new retail dashboard. A newly enhanced and comprehensive retail experience that gives subscribers access to retailer-based IRI scanner data with an in-depth and accurate view of the buying process...

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Trident Seafoods Celebrates 50 Years

No photo description available.“Catching fish isn’t just our business – it’s our livelihood. It’s our calling,” a message from the Bundrant family reads on the Trident Seafoods website.

It all started in 1973 with Chuck Bundrant’s “vision and determination.” Now, in 2023, Trident Seafoods is celebrating 50 years in business.

The company’s website features a timeline of their first 50 years of bringing delicious seafood “from fleet to fork.” Their story begins with Chuck, Kaare Ness and Mike Jacobson “pioneering the catching and processing of crab on board the same vessel, the F/V Billikin.” From there “a legacy began.” 

Chuck’s son, Joe Bundrant, took over as CEO in 2013 and continued to grow the company with new acquisitions and partnershi

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Online Grocery Sales Forecast for Further Growth Following Pandemic Boom

A forecast expects more consumers to shop for groceries online over the next five years, with the segment keeping momentum after it witnessed a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online grocery sales are forecast to grow at compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7% over the next five years, per the 2023 Brick Meets Click/Mercatus 5-Year Grocery Sales Forecast.

Inflation, illness concerns including COVID, RSV and the flu along with a “maturing online segment” were noted as factors behind the growing popularity of online grocery shopping...

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