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Mar 1 - Wide Variety of Species Make Up The 2024 Seafood Excellence Award Finalists


Mar 1 - Japan: January Marine Product Imports Up 0.4% in Volume, But U.S. Sockeyes Fall 70%


Feb 29 - Captain D's Names Hair Parra to Senior VP of Intl. Operations and Development Amid Global Expansion


Feb 28 - ANALYSIS: Ratio of Farmed to Wild U.S. Shrimp Imports from Mexico Remains Consistent


Feb 23 - Captain D's Promotes Nan Ward to COO Amid Several Franchise Development Agreements


Feb 23 - Prime Shrimp Adds Asian-inspired Flavor to Product Lineup With Soy Ginger Offering


Feb 23 - ANALYSIS: Shrimp Exports Disrupted in Argentina Due to Nationwide Strike


Feb 21 - NaturalShrimp Develops and Patents First Shrimp-Focused Commercially Operational RAS


Feb 15 - Scott & Jon’s Fighting “Shrinkflation” By Maintaining Prices On Their New Larger Portions


Feb 15 - Popeyes Brings Back Alaska Flounder Sandwiches, Shrimp Tackle Box For LTO Lent Offering


Feb 15 - VIDEO: What 6 QSR Chains Are Offering For Lent


Feb 14 - Red Lobster Brings Back New Endless Promotion Following Endless Shrimp Loss


Feb 14 - Lent 2024: What 6 QSRs And Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year


Feb 9 - Church’s Chicken Brings Back Limited Time Seafood Offerings For Lent


Feb 9 - These Are The Seafood Items Taylor Swift Could Possibly Be Eating At The Super Bowl


Feb 8 - USDA Purchases Over 7 Million Pounds of Shrimp Worth More Than $32 Million


Feb 8 - ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports End the Year with Monthly Gain, But Still Lower on Year


Feb 6 - White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers, Clam Strips Ahead of Lent


Feb 2 - Japan: Shrimp Imports in 2023 Less Than 200,000 Tons, Lowest Since 2012


Feb 1 - QDOBA's Citrus Lime Shrimp is Back


Jan 26 - Pei Wei Following Trends Highlighted at GSMC With New Firecracker Shrimp, Salmon Poke Bowl


Jan 24 - GSMC 2024: Global Farmed Shrimp Production Predicted to Slightly Decrease in 2024


Jan 23 - Steakholder Foods Expands 3D-Printed Seafood Offerings With Plant-Based Shrimp


Jan 23 - USDA Opens Purchase Request For Shrimp Products


Jan 19 - Georgia’s Commercial Shrimp Season Closed in Territorial Waters


Jan 15 - CNA Backs Government and Law Enforcement as Ecuador Faces Escalating Crime


Jan 15 - Russia Switches to Imports of Cheaper Seafood From Asia


Jan 9 - Ecuador’s Omarsa Receives Loan To Develop 536-Hectare Shrimp Farm


Jan 8 - Red Lobster Launches New Crispy Salt & Vinegar Shrimp


Jan 3 - CNA: Ecuador Shrimp Sector Lost Nearly $1.5 Billion in 2023


Dec 29 - USDA to Purchase Shrimp Under Agriculture Act of 1935


Dec 26 - The Top Stories Of 2023: From Canadian Snow Crab Drama To the Uyghur Forced Labor Report


Dec 21 - ASPA Urges Administration to Maintain Vietnam’s Non-Market Economy Status in Antidumping Cases


Dec 21 - The Winding Glass: Retail Data Shows Shrimp May Have Strong Holiday Season and Lent


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Wide Variety of Species Make Up The 2024 Seafood Excellence Award Finalists

From seaweed to shrimp and yellowtail snapper. This year’s finalists for the Seafood Excellence Awards are made up of a wide variety of species. 

The Seafood Excellence Awards Competition takes place during Seafood Expo North America and was created to recognize exciting new product releases based on their “uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.” There are two categories for products to compete in: Best New Foodservice Product and Best New Retail Product...

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Japan: January Marine Product Imports Up 0.4% in Volume, But U.S. Sockeyes Fall 70%

According to customs clearance statistics for January released by the Ministry of Finance on February 28, imports of marine products (including non-edible products) increased slightly for the first time in eight months. The amount decreased slightly due to the significant increase in the same month last year.

The import record for January was 178,223 tons and 161.77 billion yen ($1.07 billion), an increase of 0.4% in quantity and a decrease of 0.9% in value compared to the same month last year. Although there...

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ANALYSIS: Ratio of Farmed to Wild U.S. Shrimp Imports from Mexico Remains Consistent

While the data set is relatively new, the ratio of farmed to wild U.S. shrimp imports from Mexico remained relatively consistent in 2023. In 2021, the first year tracked, farmed shrimp represented 78% of all imports into the United States, with wild at 22%. But it shifted in 2022, where the ratio was 56% to 44%, and followed in the most recent year at 55% farmed and 45% wild.

Consumption of farm-raised shrimp in Mexico has...

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Prime Shrimp Adds Asian-inspired Flavor to Product Lineup With Soy Ginger Offering

Frozen seafood brand Prime Shrimp is expanding their retail offerings with a new soy ginger flavor added to their line of frozen sauced shrimp. 

This new flavor profile is inspired by Asian cuisines. Each package includes 8 ounces of shrimp, paired with 3 ounces of a butter-based sauce featuring shallots, soy sauce, fresh ginger and minced garlic. The brand boasts that the flavor will rival “your favorite local takeout.” And, it’s ready to eat in less than 10 minutes.

“We’re always on the lookout for new...

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NaturalShrimp Develops and Patents First Shrimp-Focused Commercially Operational RAS

Biotechnology aquaculture company NaturalShrimp has developed and patented the first shrimp-focused commercially operational RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System). The goal of this system is to use electrocoagulation (EC) technology —  commonly known as the passing of electric currents through water —  to minimize labor costs, enhance efficiency, and reduce negative impacts on the environment — all while promoting responsible aquaculture practices. 

While EC technology has been around for many years, NaturalShrimp has used it to develop a custom design specifically tailored to the aquaculture industry...

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Popeyes Brings Back Alaska Flounder Sandwiches, Shrimp Tackle Box For LTO Lent Offering

Lent officially kicked off on Wednesday, February 14, bringing with it a selection of limited time seafood offerings from quick service and fast casual restaurants. Not to be left out, Popeyes announced this week that they’re bringing back two of their fan favorite LTOs – the Flounder Fish Sandwich and Shrimp Tackle Box.

The Flounder Fish Sandwich made its debut on Popeyes menu as a limited time offering in 2021. The fish sandwich features a light and flakey flounder filet from Alaska. The filet is...

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Red Lobster Brings Back New Endless Promotion Following Endless Shrimp Loss 

Lobsterfest is back at Red Lobster. And seafood lovers have endless opportunities to get in on the fun. 

Red Lobster’s first-ever nationwide Endless Lobster Experience is officially underway. It’s an opportunity for 150 guests across the U.S. to enjoy all-you-can-eat lobster. The promotion follows last year's one-day-only Endless Lobster Event in New York City. Guests at the Times Square restaurant got to sink their claws into as many 1 ¼ pound Live Maine lobsters as they could handle. 

This year, each winning...

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Church’s Chicken Brings Back Limited Time Seafood Offerings For Lent

“It’s seafood season.” 

A visit to the Church’s Texas Chicken website will show you that while “chicken” is in their name, it’s taking a backseat this month to seafood. The chain has brought back their seafood offerings for a limited time, just ahead of the start of Lent.

Featured at Church’s this month is a handful of seafood options, including a fish sandwich, fish platter, and shrimp basket.

“Guests looking to get their seafood fix can enjoy our Wild-caught Pacific Pollock Fish Filet, coated in our own signature...

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USDA Purchases Over 7 Million Pounds of Shrimp Worth More Than $32 Million 

Last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an open purchase request for shrimp products for use in domestic food distribution programs. The agency began accepting bids on January 19, with final bids due by January 29. Now, the purchase awards have been confirmed, with the USDA buying a total number of 388,500 cases worth $32,545,015.50 from eight participants. The cases come out to 7.77 million pounds of shrimp, with 1.89 million pounds of 21-30 count peeled and deveined, 3.99 million pounds of...

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White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers, Clam Strips Ahead of Lent

White Castle may be known for their beef sliders, but the fast casual chain features seafood on their menu year-round with offerings like the fish slider, panko breaded fish slider, and fish nibblers. But when the Lenten season approaches the restaurant brand usually doubles their seafood offerings with fan-favorite limited time menu items – like Shrimp Nibblers

This year White Castle is not only bringing back their Shrimp Nibblers, but also Sriracha Shrimp Nibblers, which debuted for the first time in 2023...

 

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QDOBA's Citrus Lime Shrimp is Back

QDOBA's Citrus Lime Shrimp is back on the menu...but not for long. For a limited time, seafood lovers can order two chef-crafted options featuring the Citrus Lime Shrimp: The Surf & Turf Burrito or Bowl, and the Citrus Lime Shrimp Burrito or Bowl.

"Our guests enjoy when we introduce flavorful new proteins and they've been asking for Citrus Lime Shrimp to return to the menu," said Kim Zamir, Vice President of Marketing at QDOBA. "They love the freshly-sauteed flavor and the combination of Surf & Turf delivers a great value with...

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GSMC 2024: Global Farmed Shrimp Production Predicted to Slightly Decrease in 2024

SeafoodNews is reporting live from the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference in Orlando. You can find all of our GSMC 2024 coverage here.

Robins McIntosh, Executive Vice President of Charoen Pokphand Foods, kicked off the Shrimp Species Panel at NFI’s Global Seafood Market Conference by predicting a slight decrease in global shrimp production. While global shrimp production for 2023 is at 5,150,727 MT, the prediction for 2024 is 5,100,000 MT.

According to McIntosh, these figures changed in just the last few weeks as Ecuador...

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USDA Opens Purchase Request For Shrimp Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking to purchase shrimp products for use in domestic food distribution programs. 

According to the latest purchase request, the USDA is looking for a total of 388,500 cases. The USDA is seeking to purchase 199,500 cases of shrimp peeled and deveined 31-50. Another 94,500 cases are for shrimp peeled and deveined 51-70. Deliveries are to be made between March 16, 2024 and June 30, 2024.

The USDA began accepting bids on January 19. All bids are due by January 29...

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CNA Backs Government and Law Enforcement as Ecuador Faces Escalating Crime

The last few years saw Ecuador’s shrimp industry deal with issues related to escalating crime. And it doesn’t look like that will change much this year.

On January 8 Ecuador’s President, Daniel Noboa, declared a nationwide state of emergency for 60 days following numerous attacks against private, public and government institutions by organized criminal gangs. Attacks continued even after the state of emergency was declared, with masked and armed men taking over a TV station and holding journalists hostage. Gangs even managed to hold prison guards and administrative...

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Ecuador’s Omarsa Receives Loan To Develop 536-Hectare Shrimp Farm

Omarsa is starting the year with a major investment from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC is providing the Ecuador-based aquaculture company with a loan of up to $20 million to allow them to develop a new 536-hectare farm in Guayas.

“IFC’s tailor-made and long-term financing will enable Omarsa to address the current market gap,” commented Sandro Coglitore, General Manager of Omarsa. “A key element of our international competitiveness is our focus on quality and environmental sustainability. Accordingly, as a leading integrated shrimp...

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CNA: Ecuador Shrimp Sector Lost Nearly $1.5 Billion in 2023

Ecuador’s National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA) recently revealed that the shrimp sector lost nearly $1.5 billion last year, with prices “[reaching] values even lower than those recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

December export figures have yet to be released, but with 11 months of data it was revealed that shrimp producers hit a new record, with 2.44 billion pounds exported in 2023. To compare, Ecuador exported 2.34 billion pounds of shrimp in 2022. 

But despite the impressive numbers, both internal and external factors impacted value...

 

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Captain D's Names Hair Parra to Senior VP of Intl. Operations and Development Amid Global Expansion

Just one week after Captain D’s promoted Nan Ward to COO, the fast casual seafood restaurant has named Hair Parra to the newly created position of senior vice president of international operations and development. 

Parra spent more than 35 years leading international operations for well-known names like Papa Johns, Benihana and Domino's. Parra also oversaw international development for FAT Brands since 2021. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of Wing Zone after spending over...

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Captain D's Promotes Nan Ward to COO Amid Several Franchise Development Agreements

Fast casual seafood restaurant Captain D's announced Wednesday that Nan Ward has been promoted to chief operating officer. Ward has been with the Nashville-based company since 2012, when she first joined as a human resources manager.

"Over the past 12 years with Captain D's, Nan has made a defining impact on the company across many disciplines. She has a vast, hands-on background in operations and pairs it with savvy business acumen. It's a powerful combination that ensures Nan will excel as...

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Exports Disrupted in Argentina Due to Nationwide Strike

The nationwide strikes in Argentina are impacting the largest wild capture shrimp fishery in the southern hemisphere and one of the most valuable industries in the country — red shrimp, or Pleoticus Muelleri. Reports from the area say the strike runs throughout the value chain. Plants are shut down, and importers in the U.S. and Europe lucky enough to get orders in prior to this can't get product out of the country as it sits in ports. As ports are blocked...

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Scott & Jon’s Fighting “Shrinkflation” By Maintaining Prices On Their New Larger Portions

Scott & Jon’s made headlines late last year when the frozen prepared meal company announced that they would not only be introducing a new species in the new year, but also bigger portions. Well, 2024 has arrived, bringing with it Scott & Jon’s new salmon bowls and 20% more food in every package. But the Maine-based company is not stopping there. They announced this week that they are taking on “shrinkflation” by shipping meals with 20% more food while also maintaining pricing at the store...

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VIDEO: What 6 QSR Chains Are Offering For Lent

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they kick off the Lenten season in style! It’s a big time of year for the seafood industry  especially in the QSR and fast casual space. While there are a handful of chains that offer fish sandwiches on their menu year-round, others use this time to roll out some limited time seafood offerings. Watch to find out what six QSR chains are offering for Lent.

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

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Lent 2024: What 6 QSRs And Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year

Ash Wednesday has arrived, kicking off the Lenten season. During the six week period leading up to Easter on March 31, Catholics who observe the religious period refrain from eating meat on Fridays. And while surveys conducted in the last few years suggest that fewer people are partaking in the tradition, it’s still a big time of year for the seafood industry — especially in the quick service restaurant (QSR) and fast casual space. While there are a handful of chains that...

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These Are The Seafood Items Taylor Swift Could Possibly Be Eating At The Super Bowl

There is no denying the power of Taylor Swift. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter reportedly made $4.1 billion from her Eras Tour. And Apex Marketing Group reports that through her personal relationship with football star Travis Kelce, she generated an equivalent brand value of $331.5 million for the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL. 

Everyone wants to channel that Swift energy – even the seafood industry. Last September the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) was inspired by...

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports End the Year with Monthly Gain, But Still Lower on Year

In data released Wednesday, U.S. shrimp imports in December gained a more muted 5.8 percent from last year. Shrimp imports into the U.S. totaled 143.672 million pounds compared to 135.853 million pounds last year. The year ended 6.2 percent below last year at 1.732 billion pounds. This was the second consecutive annual decline after nine straight years of gains. 

The gains in Ecuador (+15.3%), Indonesia (+9.9%), and Vietnam (+26.5%) were able to outweigh losses from the top trade partner India (-0.2%)...

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Japan: Shrimp Imports in 2023 Less Than 200,000 Tons, Lowest Since 2012

In 2023, Japan's shrimp imports (total of frozen and processed products, excluding lobsters) decreased by 11% from the previous year to 198,206 tons, falling below 200,000 tons for the first time since at least 2012. According to the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics (preliminary figures), frozen shrimp decreased by 10% from the previous year to 138,122 tons, the lowest since 2012. According to Minato Shimbun, processed products decreased by 12% to 60,084 tons.

Of the frozen shrimp, cold-water shrimp such as pink shrimp and botan shrimp...

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Pei Wei Following Trends Highlighted at GSMC With New Firecracker Shrimp, Salmon Poke Bowl

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen launched some exciting new dishes this month that capitalize on all the trends that were highlighted during the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC) in Orlando this week. The new dishes, which include Firecracker Shrimp and a Salmon Poke Bowl, were created with celebrity chef partner Jet Tila.

As Datassential’s Kelley Fechner just explained during her Seafood Trends panel at GSMC, shrimp is a popular protein amongst Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Boomers; with 49% of those...

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Steakholder Foods Expands 3D-Printed Seafood Offerings With Plant-Based Shrimp

Steakholder ended 2023 with the launch of their 3D printed eel. And now they’re kicking off the new year with the world’s first plant-based, 3D printed shrimp.

Steakholder’s new product was precision printed with the company’s proprietary DropJet printer, which is designed for fish and seafood printing. The ink uses a shrimp-flavored ink that was developed by Steakholder Foods’ food technology team. The company boasts that their 3D printed plantbased shrimp offers a “practical and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional shrimp farming...

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Georgia’s Commercial Shrimp Season Closed in Territorial Waters

On Thursday Georgia’s commercial and recreational shrimp season closed in the state’s territorial waters three nautical miles out to sea.

The season was initially set to close on December 31, but was extended to January 18 after data collected by Coastal Resources Division showed “more robust than average shrimp populations.” According to the data, which was gathered in December 2023, an average of 2.04 pounds of shrimp were collected per 15–minute trawl. This is compared to the 20-year average of 1.93 pounds...

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Russia Switches to Imports of Cheaper Seafood From Asia

Russia has been switching on the imports of cheaper seafood from Asia, which in recent years have almost completely replaced more expensive supplies from Western markets.

An example of this is shrimp, which imports from Asia to the market of Russia have significantly increased in recent years.

Prior to 2014, most of shrimp supplies to Russia accounted for northern shrimp, which was primarily supplied from Western countries. However after the Russian Federation restricted food imports from Western countries, the share of “king”...

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Red Lobster Launches New Crispy Salt & Vinegar Shrimp

New year, new flavor for Red Lobster. The seafood chain announced this week that for a limited time guests can enjoy their new crispy Salt & Vinegar Shrimp.

Described as “perfectly crunchy” with a “tangy vinegar twist,” this new offering is available as part of Red Lobster’s Shrimp Your Way deal.

The Shrimp Your Way deal launched in August. Guests who take advantage of the deal can select up to four shrimp dishes served with their choice of any two sides. Original shrimp offerings included the new Crispy Dragon Shrimp...

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