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Albertsons picks former Price Chopper exec to head its seafood division

Anthony Snow's will continue the retailer's sustainable seafood efforts.

US retailer Albertsons has named Anthony Snow its new seafood director.

Snow replaces Buster Houston, who was promoted within the company.

The new job takes Snow from the Albany, New York, area, where he served two years as director of seafood merchandising for supermarket chain Price Chopper, to Albertsons’ headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

Snow will be the seafood director for more than 2,300 stores across 35 states under the Albertsons umbrella, including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme and others.

It’s a big move up from the 135 stores he was responsible for under the Price Chopper banner, but Snow said he relishes the challenge.

“It’s a great opportunity to work at a place like Albertsons Companies, where the focus on fresh, sustainable seafood is such a key part of their strategy. I see it as a really nice fit," Snow told IntraFish.

His focus at the outset will be on seafood sustainability and responsible sourcing, he said.

In June, Albertsons pledged its support for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, known as the "Oceans Goal” to mark World Oceans Day.

In 2015, the retailer became the world's first to sell Fair Trade-certified seafood, with the introduction of Fair Trade yellowfin tuna from Indonesia. It has since expanded the program to include scallops.

Last fall, the company set a large-scale “Top 20 by 2022” goal for fresh and private-label frozen seafood, whereby 100 percent of the top 20 wild and farmed seafood products sold at Albertsons stores will meet its responsible seafood policy by the end of 2022.

This commitment means that 94 percent of products by volume sold in service cases and freezers will be either green or yellow-rated, the highest ratings given by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, certified to an equivalent environmental standard or sourced from fisheries or farms making measurable and time-bound improvements.

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