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US foodservice company begins sourcing sustainable farmed salmon

Compass Group USA has "aggressive plans" to push nationwide. 

Foodservice management company Compass Group USA announced on Thursday a contract for responsibly sourced salmon in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, and says it has "aggressive plans" to roll out contracts nationwide. 

The salmon "is at least equivalent to the Seafood Watch yellow Good Alternative recommendation and is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)," the company said. 

Compass Group USA Director of Sustainability Julia Jordan told IntraFish that the group contracts certain species with certain suppliers, and a contract for farmed salmon has been a long time coming. 

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"We've been waiting on a farmed contract for a decade now, because there hasn't been a large volume of what we deem sustainable farmed salmon in the marketplace," Jordan said. 

Now, with the approval of ASC farmed salmon by Seafood Watch, which is the benchmark Compass uses, it can utilize suppliers. 

Jordan declined to name the supplier, simply saying it's one from the Mid-Atlantic region, but said they are interested in working with other suppliers nationwide. 

"The ASC is proud to be associated with Compass Group through this announcement," said Peter Redmond, Vice President for Market Development at ASC, in a statement. "Compass became one of the pioneers in aquaculture sustainability with their Seafood Watch commitment. This further commitment to source ASC certified salmon drives these goals and delivers firm assurances to their customers that when you buy farm-raised product from Compass, it has been raised to the highest social and environmental standards."

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