The Chilean salmon industry was last week coming to terms with the impacts of the recent "coronavirus on a salmon chopping board" scandal as Chinese consumers continued to shun the product, despite reassurances.
And we also heard exclusive and broad-ranging views from some of the seafood industry's top executives at another of IntraFish's live online events as impacts of 'the new normal' began to reveal themselves in the whitefish sector. Some of these views were also reflected in an interview we did with Mitsubishi-owned canned seafood giant Princes who's group director of fish told us that dramatic changes in consumer purchasing are here to stay.
But as reactions from "choppingboardgate" and other coronavirus-related developments began to slow, there was room in the seafood news sector last week for something beyond COVID-19.
We reported early in the week that global salmon producer Grieg Seafood had ousted feed giant Cargill from the proceeds of its recent $92 million green bond, around concerns over its connections between its soy sourcing and deforestation in the Brazilian rainforest and later in the week that fellow salmon producer Mowi had vowed to ditch soy from deforested land by 2021.
In other feed news, another big-hitting story, was Skretting's calculation that around 975,000 metric tons of additional feed will be needed to meet the recent boom in land-based salmon projects and Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik told IntraFish he was skeptical of some of the sustainability claims of alternative feed ingredient producers saying current debate is based on "misinformation and greenwashing".
This was also the week that GM-salmon groundbreakers AquaBounty's first farmed salmon headed to market and we investigated why the price gap between traditionally farmed Norwegian and Chilean product has reached an historic high.
Meanwhile, in more positive news for Cargill and a switch to the huge shrimp production sector, the feed giant's Indonesia GM told IntraFish why the company now sees a huge opportunity in the world's second largest shrimp producing nation.