Pacifical inks MoU with major Philippines tuna supplier

RD Corporation commits to catch MSC-certified skipjack and yellowfin tuna.

Tuna marketing company Pacifical inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Philippine-based RD Corporation, a vertically integrated fishing and processing group.

Under the agreement, RD Corporation is committing to catch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified free school skipjack and yellowfin tuna, as well as to create more jobs and income for PNA island people by further increasing its processing within PNG.

The deal is of "major importance" for the entire tuna market, Pacifical said.

“This new cooperation is a major step forward in making truly sustainably-caught canned tuna more widely available in the EU market, and hopefully also in the US,” said Pacifical CEO Henk Brus.

The signing of this MoU, which took place in Cologne, Germany, on Monday at ANUGA, is expected to result, in more than 1,000 containers of MSC-certified canned and pouched tuna from PNG and the Philippines making its way to EU based importers, retailers, food service companies and food processors in 2018.

With an annual purse seine tuna catch of around 90,000 metric tons, RD Corporation is a major player in the global tuna market; the main canner in PNG with its RD Tuna plant in Madang, and its Philbest operation in General Santos, Philippines.

Both origins have the possibility for zero percent import duty when product is imported into the EU.

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