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

Planet Based Foods Now Found in Major Southwestern Grocery Retailer


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


Seafood Tops Kroger’s Food Trends Prediction List for 2023


SEA-NL Schedules Election For New President


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


Three Rescued From Sinking Commercial Fishing Vessel Near Pascagoula, Mississippi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 31


Mon. Jan 30 2023

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


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


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


Russia Ready for Increase of Shrimp Catch in 2023  


Seafood Shines on JD.com During Chinese New Year Holiday  


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


Amazon Raises Fees For Free Delivery Of Groceries Online


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 30


Fri. Jan 27 2023

Crab Season Finally Opens on Oregon's Southern Coast  


Seafood Expo Global 2023 Sells More Exhibit Space Than 2022


Japan: November Air Cargo Imports Down 30% in Volume, Up Less Than 10% in Value


Ecuador: 2,000 Pounds of Shrimp Stolen From Fishing Boat by Organized Crime Gangs  


McDonald's President: California Keeps Looking for Ways to Raise Prices, Drive Away More Businesses


TGI Fridays New Three-Course Feast Menu Brings All the Friday Feels Without Breaking the Bank


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 27


NRF: Valentine’s Day Spending to Soar Past 2022 to $26 Billion


Thu. Jan 26 2023

VIDEO: Oregon Crab Season; Santa Monica Seafood; NOAA Denies Request


New England Fishery Management Council Presents 2022 Award for Excellence to Maggie Raymond


Russia Refused to Negotiate with Japan on Catching Fish on the Kuriles Islands


38 North Korean and Chinese Fishing Boats Entered Yamatotai in Japan's EEZ In 2022


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 26


Kikka Sushi Launches New Vegan Line of Products


Plant Based Seafood Company The Ish Company Raises More Than $5 Million in Seed Funding


Registration Open For Second Annual Global Shrimp Forum  


Wed. Jan 25 2023

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 25


NRA: “Potential Warning Sign” For Restaurants As Sales Trended Lower Towards End Of 2022


Report: “No statistically Relevant Association” Regarding Sea Lice and Production of Farmed Salmon  


Nothing Can Stop The Return of Lobsterfest At Red Lobster  


NEFMC Executive Director to Retire After 25-Year Stint with Council


Irish Minister: National Inshore Fishermen’s Association Named EU Producer Organization


StarKist Named One of BrandSpark’s Most Trusted Consumer Products


Steakholder Foods Achieves 50x Yield in Cell Production Using a Filtration System


Russian Frozen King Crab Half Price, Tsukiji Kanisho Securing 1,000 Tons  


The Retail Rundown: How Do Plant-Based Meat Sales Fare at Retail?


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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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Russia Overtakes The United States In Global Pollock Fillets Market

Russia for the for the first time in history overtook the United States in the production of pollock fillets, as last year local fishermen increased the production by 16.8% to 139,000 tons, according to the data of the Russian Pollock Association (ADM).

As ADM President Alexei Buglak said in an interview with the Russian Vedomosti business paper, the volume of pollock fillet production in the United States in 2022 decreased by 1.5% to 138,000 tons, says. Since 2015, the volume of production in Russia has grown from 40,000 tons by...

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

Using a rare veto power, the Environmental Protection Agency, issued a final determination yesterday morning to prevent the Pebble Mine project from going forward.

“After extensive review of scientific and technical research spanning two decades, and robust stakeholder engagement, EPA has determined that certain discharges associated with developing the Pebble deposit will have unacceptable adverse effects on certain salmon fishery areas in the Bristol Bay watershed,” EPA’s statement read. The EPA’s action relied on a little-used provision in the Clean Water Act, one that has been used only ...

 

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The Retail Rundown: Comparing Urner Barry's Protein Indices

Seafood features climbed to the top spot across proteins this week with 30% of feature volume. Pork follows with 24%, while beef chimes in with 22%—down from 27% the week prior. Chicken accounts for 19.5% of ad space, while turkey holds onto just over 2%. Buying opportunities for eggs have dwindled in recent weeks and are currently registering zero. 

A look at Urner Barry's Weekly Retail Feature Indices so far this year shows that seafood features are priced the highest overall, while chicken features as a whole are the lowest. Seafood and chicken are above their respective year-ago levels, while pork and beef are showing a discount to 2022 levels...

 

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

A pandemic, labor shortages and record inflation are just a few of the challenges that the foodservice industry has faced since early 2020.

The industry persevered and The NPD Group believes calmer seas may be ahead. Findings from The NPD Group show that U.S. commercial foodservice customer traffic to restaurants and other foodservice outlets ended 2022 flat compared to a year ago. Consumer spending at foodservice outlets was up 4%, thanks to higher prices.

“Looking forward to 2023, we anticipate improvements in supply chain disruptions, inflation deceleration...

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Citrus Lime Shrimp Back at QDOBA By Popular Demand

Fast-casual chain QDOBA has brought back its Citrus Lime Shrimp for a limited time after calls for its return were made by fans.

The addition also comes as consumers stick to fresh New Year’s resolution diets and a looming Lenten season where some consumers avoid red meat.

QDOBA also described itself as one of the fast-casual companies that is working to address the growing demand for seafood options in the segment.

"When we first introduced Citrus Lime Shrimp in June 2022, it was inspired by my trips... 

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

Modern Plant Based Foods portfolio company Modern Meat has received a grant from the Canadian government for the research and development towards its new Vegan Seafood project contributing towards year-end of 2022.

Modern Plant Based Foods said it has been working with Modern Meat in the R&D phase, ensuring the facility can produce both the quality and requirements for the Modern products, including the Modern Crab Cake.

“We have had great confidence in our products since inception and it is amazing to see that...

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Planet Based Foods Now Found in Major Southwestern Grocery Retailer

San Diego-based Planet Based Foods Global Inc. and Kroger-owned Fry’s Food and Drug have partnered to offer PBF’s nutrient-rich “superfoods” in select stores among Fry’s 123 stores located across Arizona.

A major southwestern grocery retailer, Fry's Food and Drug is a popular grocery retail chain that carries a wide array of bakery items, dairy, deli, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, and  liquor. Fry’s, a division of Cincinnati-based Kroger, has recently started offering more sustainable and health-conscious foods.

Planet Based Foods use ...

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SEA-NL Schedules Election For New President

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) will elect a new president at their first annual general meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at Albatross Hotel in Gander. The election comes after Jason Sullivan resigned from the position earlier this month.

”“The leaders we need must not be bought and paid for or out for themselves, but focused on the overall health and direction of the inshore as a whole,” said Ryan Cleary, Executive Director of SEA-NL. 

SEA-NL members who are in good standing are eligible...

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Three Rescued From Sinking Commercial Fishing Vessel Near Pascagoula, Mississippi

Three people were rescued from a sinking vessel near Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Monday. 

The Dat Parker, a 50-foot commercial fishing vessel, began taking on water early yesterday morning. Watchstanders with the eighth Coast Guard District received a distress alert at 8:11 a.m. from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). Upon contacting the owner of the vessel they were able to learn that her husband and two others had taken the boat for fishing. She had been unable to contact them.

A response boat was able...

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

For some, Fido will soon be feasting on Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod. Blue Star Foods announced this week that they have entered into an agreement with Just Food For Dogs, which is expected to add an estimate of up to $4 million in annual revenue for Blue Star. 

As part of the agreement, Blue Star Foods will supply 1,150 tons or 2,500,000 lbs. Of wild caught cod, minced frozen of #1 quality human grade, per year to Just Food For Dogs...

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Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Sub Featuring King & Prince Seafood Product

Lent begins on February 22, and some quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are getting ready. On Tuesday Quiznos revealed that their seasonal favorite, the Lobster Sub, is back for a limited time. And that’s not all. They’re also introducing a new twist on the popular menu item. Say hello to the new Lemon-Herb Lobster Sub.

Both the Classic Lobster Sub and the new Lemon-Herb Lobster Sub are made with a lobster and seafood salad that features North Atlantic Lobster and Alaskan whitefish from King & Prince Seafood....

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Gorton’s Seafood Launches Two New Air Fryer Products 

Convenience is king! And Gorton’s Seafood, a leader in frozen prepared seafood, is continuing to lean into that. On Wednesday the company announced the launch of two new products: Air Fried Fish Fillets and Air Fried Butterfly Shrimp. The big twist here is that you don’t need to own an air fryer to enjoy them.

“The most exciting part about these new products is that they’ve already been air fried before they get to the consumer,” said Gorton’s VP of Marketing, Jake Holbrook...

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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Seeking Nominations To Fill Vacancies

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which is responsible for advising the Secretary of Commerce, NOAA and NMFS on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce, is looking to fill some vacancies.

The advisory group is looking for members who have experience in commercial, recreational, aquaculture and non-commercial fisheries and businesses. Potential committee members can also have a background in the other aspects of the seafood industry, including processing, marketing, restaurants or other related industries, like marine, ecosystems and...

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

Steve Tippmann, Executive Vice President at Tippmann Group / Interstate Warehousing has retired after nearly 36 years in the refrigerated warehousing and construction industries.

Tippmann’s career started in refrigeration engineering, but his more recent role had him focused on customer relationships and overseeing the sales and marketing goals of Tippmann Construction and Interstate Warehousing.

Throughout his career, Tippmann has also spent time as a leader on multiple boards for industry associations including the Global Cold Chain Alliance, American Meat Institute, and Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association...

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Seafood Tops Kroger’s Food Trends Prediction List for 2023

Kroger’s is expecting shoppers to continue cooking at home in 2023 – more specifically, seafood items!

Earlier this month the grocery chain released their food trends predictions for the year and highlighted that consumers will be focusing on “making a meal special.”

“This is the year of celebration as we relish in being together with family and friends,” said Stuart Aitken, senior vice president, chief merchant and marketing officer. “Customers not only learned to cook during the pandemic, they grew to love it. In 2023, cooking at home remains a mainstay with...

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

Aquaculture feed solutions leader Biomar announced a collaboration with food tech company Benson Hill last week. The collaboration will leverage Benson Hill soy and “further assess its sustainability impact on high-performance aquafeed formulations.”

“BioMar has made a commitment to reduce the impacts of our feeds, and 97% of the carbon footprint comes from the feed ingredients,” said Morten Holdorff Møjbæk, Global Sourcing Director, BioMar Group. “With our exit last year from the Russian raw material market, it was important for us to find suppliers committed to working with...

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