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Jul 16 - VIDEO: King Crab Prices Up; EO Promotes Competition; Atlantic Sapphire Mortality; And More


Jul 14 - WWF Hong Kong Urging Consumers to Avoid Boston Lobster


Jul 9 - MLMC Study Reveals Right Whale Issue Not Having “Noticeable Impact” on Lobster Sales


Jul 2 - Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day


Jun 17 - DFO Provides Update Following Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable


Jun 4 - FDA Issues A Surprising Warning For Those With Seafood Allergies


May 28 - NOAA Releases Right Whale Bi-Op; Maine Gov. Mills Says Ramifications of Document ‘Troubling’


May 28 - DFO Will Host Lobster Science Roundtable with Harvesters, Indigenous and Researchers


May 25 - JAPAN: Airborne Seafood Imports in March Up Sharply in Volume and Value With Salmon and Eel


May 20 - 6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report


May 17 - China Says No to Australian Lobsters


May 17 - Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021


May 7 - VIDEO: Mexican Shrimp Ban; China Buying Pressure; Call for Biden to Revoke EO; Mother’s Day Spending


May 7 - Lobster Holds Prominent Place at Hard Rock Cafe During Mother’s Day


May 7 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Higher Than Normal Ahead of Mother's Day


May 5 - Maine Senator Asks USTR to Put Pressure on China; Buy More U.S. Lobster


May 4 - Maine Seafood Launches First Ever DIY Mother’s Day Gift Box


May 3 - Positive Growth Ahead for Premium Seafood


Apr 30 - Cruise Lines Could Potentially Set Sail Again By Mid-July


Apr 30 - VIDEO: Snow Crab Closures; BlueNalu Seafood in Asia; Q1 Shrimp Landings; Surf’N Turf Sandwich


Apr 28 - Maine Lobster Under Attack By Georgia Nonprofit Organization


Apr 27 - Slapfish Collaborates With Nathan’s Famous, Pat LaFrieda to Create Limited Time Surf’N Turf Sandwich


Apr 21 - Quiznos Brings Back LTO Lobster Subs to Canada Locations


Apr 20 - Alliance Rubber Company Launches Lobster and Oyster Banding Machine


Apr 20 - MLMC Partners With The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel To Create the Ultimate Maine Lobster Experience


Apr 19 - PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More


Apr 16 - VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches


Apr 15 - ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory


Apr 12 - Cultured Decadence Raises $1.6 Million as it Eyes Cell-Cultured Lobster Development


Apr 8 - Premiumization of High Value Seafood


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VIDEO: King Crab Prices Up; EO Promotes Competition; Atlantic Sapphire Mortality; And More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including rising king crab pricing; the new Executive Order promoting competition in the American economy; Atlantic Sapphire's recent mortality incident; and WWF-Hong Kong encouraging diners to avoid Boston lobsters.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the latest issue of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine! The Summer 2021 issue is out now and jam packed with with great insight from...

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WWF Hong Kong Urging Consumers to Avoid Boston Lobster

Boston lobsters may be a popular menu item in Hong Kong, but WWF Hong Kong is encouraging diners to avoid the species. 

On Tuesday the international non-governmental organization updated their version of their Seafood Guide, which promotes the consumption of green and sustainably produced seafood. The Seafood Guide classifies seafood items as “Green - Recommended,” “Yellow - Think Twice,” and “Red - Avoid.” The newly revised Guide now lists Boston lobster as “Red - Avoid.”

“Although the Boston lobster is not threatened with extinction, its harvesting ground overlaps with...

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Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals.

Access the latest UB Market Briefing HERE.  

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FDA Issues A Surprising Warning For Those With Seafood Allergies

Shrimp? Yum. Lobster? Yes, please. Cicadas? Um… 

Cicadas emerge every 17 years and 2021 is the lucky year that we’ll see them make their way back above ground. While most probably want to avoid the insect, earlier this week the FDA issued a warning for people not to eat cicadas if they’re allergic to seafood.

“Yep! We have to say it!” the government agency tweeted.

Believe it or not, cicadas share a family relation to shrimp and lobster, which is why...

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DFO Will Host Lobster Science Roundtable with Harvesters, Indigenous and Researchers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will host a Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable on June 15 bringing together scientists, Indigenous partners, commercial fishing representatives, and other key researchers to talk about the key research questions, priorities and boost the knowledge of lobster stocks.

The Roundtable aims to increase collaboration by using the knowledge of each stakeholder group.

“Overall, the partnership aims to develop a common picture of the most important lobster science research questions, identify new areas of work, and discuss how we can work together,” the DFO wrote...

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6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report

On Thursday NOAA Fisheries released their 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report, which provides fisheries statistics for the nation, including commercial landings and value. According to the latest figures, in 2019 U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.3 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.5 billion. This was on par with 2018, representing a less than 1% decline in volume and 2% decline in value. Find five more highlights from the report below:

Highest Value Species Groups

Of all species caught by U.S. fishermen...

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Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021

Seafood loomed large at the Specialty Food Association Awards 2021 with sofi™ Product of the Year going to Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company and New Product of the Year to Regal New Zealand King Salmon Company on May 11.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster’s Maine Shore Dinner for 2 won in the Product of the Year, and in new category New Product of the Year, Regal New Zealand King Salmon’s Manuka Wood Roasted Salmon took highest honors.

SFA members submitted nearly 1,500 products in about 50 categories for judging by...

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Lobster Holds Prominent Place at Hard Rock Cafe During Mother’s Day

The Hard Rock Cafe will feature plenty of lobster in its limited-time menu offerings to celebrate Mother’s Day from May 6-9.

Featured on the menu will be Lobster Flatbread, a dish featuring sweet lobster with mozzarella cheese, red bell peppers and green onions, finished with a creamy spicy aioli.

Alongside the flatbread, guests can opt for the Lobster Cobb Salad with sweet lobster pieces, avocado, roasted corn, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, tomatoes and crispy chickpeas on a bed of fresh mixed greens tossed in a creamy...

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Maine Senator Asks USTR to Put Pressure on China; Buy More U.S. Lobster

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has asked U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to turn the pressure up on China and get the country to buy more lobster from the U.S.

Senator Collins asked USTR Tai during a Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on April 28, "What steps [are you] planning to take to ensure that China lives up to its promise and its purchase agreements that it made in the phase one agreement?"

Tai assured Collins that China living up to its promises made...

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Positive Growth Ahead for Premium Seafood

The U.S. gross domestic product grew at a 6.4% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the first quarter extending what is a consumer-driven recovery as the pandemic wanes. 

Household income rose 21.1% in March mainly due to the stimulus checks as reported by the WSJ. While  savings were up 27.6% personal consumption advanced at a 10.7% pace. There are two ongoing economies: a goods economy that is increasing quickly and the service sector which is still facing social distancing and restrictions on capacities at stores, restaurants, and sporting events...

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VIDEO: Snow Crab Closures; BlueNalu Seafood in Asia; Q1 Shrimp Landings; Surf’N Turf Sandwich

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the first grid closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence less than a month into the snow crab season. Plus, learn about BlueNalu's MOU with Thai Union and Mitsubishi Corporation; Gulf of Mexico Q1 shrimp landings; and the mouthwatering new Surf'N Turf Sandwich at Nathan's Famous and SlapFish's flagship locations. 

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting...

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Slapfish Collaborates With Nathan’s Famous, Pat LaFrieda to Create Limited Time Surf’N Turf Sandwich

Nathan’s Famous may bring back food court memories of hot dogs and crinkle fries, but in 2019 the fast casual chain revamped their menu with the help of James Beard Award winner Mark Miller. Miller introduced a new menu, full of items like fresh Angus beef burgers and hand-dipped chicken, to give Nathan’s Famous a “unique identity.” And now a few years later they’re continuing to introduce unique items thanks to a limited time collaboration with popular California fast-casual chain Slapfish...

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Alliance Rubber Company Launches Lobster and Oyster Banding Machine

Alliance Rubber Company announced the launch of its first fully-tested and approved Seafood Banding Machine for lobsters and oysters.

The company said the new banding machine “provides consistent application speeds which, in turn, significantly increases the amount of seafood sent to market.” Alliance sees the new machine as a way to limit the wear and tear for crew members who are manually banding seafood during processing.

Alliance highlighted the 2019 iteration of the machine and during testing, the company said many users did not want to return the test product...

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PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the frozen lobster product market; the tilapia market; the Argentine red shrimp market; and much more.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Insights, available on the Comtell Platform. If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over the last year — and what we’re still contending with — the task of managing supply chains has become more challenging than ever...

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ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory

The market for frozen lobster products has been thrusted into record-high territory given a somewhat unexpected level of demand and a short supply situation that has developed without the benefit of meaningful replacement. 

In 2020, in-and-around the height of the pandemic and coinciding with new season production, frozen lobster tail values fell roughly 25 percent. The levels were now attractive to retailers who gravitated to products that replicated the restaurant experience. This buying resulted in a warm water...

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Premiumization of High Value Seafood

There is a new word that is trending that appropriately describes king and snow crab today. It is “Premiumization”, or customers recognizing a higher value for a product and paying a higher price. Premium seafood like crab and lobster this past year were perceived as being affordable as compared to what one would have paid in a Seafood Restaurant.  Because of the Pandemic and so many restaurants closed, people learned how to cook and enjoy at home the seafood that they used to consume at restaurants.

The premiumization on high value items has...

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MLMC Study Reveals Right Whale Issue Not Having “Noticeable Impact” on Lobster Sales

Good news for Maine lobstermen and dealers: The issues surrounding North Atlantic right whales are not negatively impacting lobster sales. 

This past April the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) conducted a survey on the perception of the Maine lobster industry and the impact of the ongoing right whale issue. After polling 503 adults who consumed lobster at least once in the past two years, the study found that “almost no one (1%) can recall any news regarding conservation issues with whales and Maine lobster...

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DFO Provides Update Following Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable

In late May, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable to bring scientists, Indigenous partners, commercial fishing representatives, and other key researchers together to discuss lobster stocks in the country.

After hosting a Lobster Science Roundtable on June 15, the DFO thanked the 40-plus participants for their contributions when discussing the work that needs to be completed for lobster science.

The participants talked about specific lobster science projects they would like to undertake, and what they could each contribute, the DFO said. The group also showed interest...

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NOAA Releases Right Whale Bi-Op; Maine Gov. Mills Says Ramifications of Document ‘Troubling’

NOAA has finally released the Biological Opinion on 10 Fishery Management Plans in the Greater Atlantic Region. The Bi-Op includes fishery management plans for American Lobster, Atlantic Bluefish, Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab, Mackerel/Squid/Butterfish, Monkfish, Northeast Multispecies, Northeast Skate Complex, Spiny Dogfish, Summer Flounder/Scup/Black Sea Bass and Jonah Crab. 

Maine lobstermen have been working with the Department of Marine Resources for over 20 years to develop and implement measures to protect whales...

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JAPAN: Airborne Seafood Imports in March Up Sharply in Volume and Value With Salmon and Eel

According to the import customs clearance statistics released by the Ministry of Finance in March, the quantity and value of marine products brought in by air cargo recovered sharply. Besides the increase in eels and the recovery of salmon and trout products, luxury seafood such as bluefin tuna and abalone also picked up, analyzed Suisan Keizai.

In March, the actual air transportation results of seafood and prepared fishery products were 4982 tons and 8,411.77 million yen ($77.23 million)...

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China Says No to Australian Lobsters

On May 6, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced that they will indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue. This is another significant action that China has taken after it banned lobster imports from Australia in November 2020, and it is believed to exert great influence on the Australian lobster industry and also some others.

China used to be among Australia’s largest importers, and the bilateral free trade agreement signed in 2015 once boosted the two countries’ trade to great extents...

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VIDEO: Mexican Shrimp Ban; China Buying Pressure; Call for Biden to Revoke EO; Mother’s Day Spending

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the U.S. banning wild shrimp imports from Mexico; U.S. Senator Susan Collins requesting that the USTR turn the pressure up on China; PETA's call for Biden to revoke the Executive Order Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth; and Mother's Day spending.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Higher Than Normal Ahead of Mother's Day

The current landscape for the live lobster market looks a lot different than it did a year ago. This time last year, the Canadian spring season was getting underway amid a depressed market. Closed overseas markets, lockdowns, and safety restrictions gave pause to market participants. The uncertainty surrounding the level of demand from the foodservice sector curtailed the amount of product that was landed and processed in the spring. The 2020 Canadian spring shore price by mid-May was in...

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Maine Seafood Launches First Ever DIY Mother’s Day Gift Box

Maine once again wants you to swap out chocolates for seafood.

This year for Mother’s Day, Maine Seafood, a new, unified brand created to help support Maine’s seafood industry, is launching their first-ever DIY Mother’s Day gift Box.

“Nothing says ‘I love you, Mom’ more than delicious Maine seafood,” the Maine Seafood website boasts. “Your mom deserves the whole ocean this Mother’s Day. So why not swap out that box of chocolates for something more premium? A delicious sea-lection of Maine seafood.”

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Cruise Lines Could Potentially Set Sail Again By Mid-July

Cruises could be back in action this July, which is not only good news for the cruise line industry, but for the entire protein industry as well.

The cruise line industry took a beating a little over a year ago when the coronavirus pandemic hit. While people on land began to stockpile toilet paper and bunker down in their homes, those who were at sea when the virus began to spread became stranded on the water or faced restrictions at ports. On March 14 the...

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Maine Lobster Under Attack By Georgia Nonprofit Organization

The Maine lobster industry is under attack... by a nonprofit group based out of Georgia.

An organization called 100 Miles, which is named after Georgia’s shoreline, launched a campaign called “Eat LocalNot Lobster.” The goal of the campaign is to save the North Atlantic right whale, which they claim is being killed off by the fishing gear being used by lobster and snow crab fishermen.

As Georgia’s state marine mammal, the North Atlantic right whale holds special meaning to the organization...

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Quiznos Brings Back LTO Lobster Subs to Canada Locations

Quiznos’ Canadian locations are delivering a seafood favorite. For a limited time the Lobster Classic sub and the Old Bay Lobster Club will be back on the menu.

“We are thrilled lobster is returning to the menu– this time kicked up a notch with the distinctive and tangy addition of Frank’s Hot Sauce,” said Chef Mike Gieseman, Director of Culinary and Innovation for REGO Restaurant Group, which owns Quiznos. “Our Lobster subs are eagerly anticipated by consumers year after year, and it’s no wonder why. They are...

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MLMC Partners With The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel To Create the Ultimate Maine Lobster Experience 

Lobster lovers who couldn’t travel to Maine last year due to COVID won’t want to miss this opportunity. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) announced that they’ve partnered with The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel to create the ultimate Maine lobster experience — “The Maine Lobster Suite.”

“Many Maine visitors don’t realize that peak lobster season runs from roughly June to October here in Maine, so we wanted to create something special to celebrate the sweetest, most sustainable lobster all season long at...

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VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about record highs for frozen lobster products and the latest on Chile's harmful algae blooms. Plus, learn more about Maryland's request for additional H-2B visas and take a bite out of Red Lobster's new sandwich offerings.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Insights, available on the Comtell Platform. If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over...

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Cultured Decadence Raises $1.6 Million as it Eyes Cell-Cultured Lobster Development

Cultured Decadence, a company looking to create the first cell-cultured lobster meat in North America, announced the close of its $1.6M pre-seed financing round.

The company said the financing round is key for the development of its novel lobster cell lines and the reduction of cell-culture media costs. Cultured Decadence said it will use the funding to expand its team and continue the development of cell-cultured lobster meat prototypes in preparation for a commercial launch...

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