The frozen seafood category is showing unprecedented growth at retail in the United States, according to an analyst speaking at National Fisheries Institute's (NFI) online Global Seafood Marketing Conference that was held virtually Feb. 1-5.

The story caught reader's eyes, as 2020 overall marked major market shifts for seafood. Readers were also interested in learning about major changes to retail that might just stick around beyond the pandemic.

That may be why readers were also interested this week in Poland-based seafood company Milarex's take on how 'brands need to adapt' in the age of COVID if they want to continue to succeed in retail.

Another hot-button issue this past week was IntraFish Executive Editor John Fiorillo's question: Who should represent the aquaculture industry on the world stage?

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a major festival held annually in Austin, Texas, that allows attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology, and IntraFish explored whether its panelists are up for explaining "the context of the global climate crisis and aquaculture’s key role in transforming our food systems.”

And while the food systems of the future are hotly-debated, there are also new products rolling out for seafood. Mowi France is pioneering a line of salmon products as part of a drive to develop the value-added market and expand brand recognition in a nation where farmed salmon sales have suffered from negative publicity over recent years.

Nutreco this past week introduced its big plans for partnership with Per Grieg-backed land-based salmon farming firm.

The Dutch company, which owns Skretting, the world's largest aquaculture feed producer, is taking a larger share of the land-based salmon farming segment, closing a NOK 35 million (€3.4 million/$4.1 million) investment in Proximar Seafood, the Per Grieg-backed group constructing a facility near Tokyo, Japan.

The salmon farming boom is supercharging Iceland's seafood sector as well.

And the UK venture firm Deep Science Ventures is dipping its toe into the aquaculture space through its Food and Agricultural Science Transformer (FAST) program, designed to launch innovative high-growth startups in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

And while Trident recently stated it has more control over outbreaks at its plant in Alaska, readers were interested in whether vaccines will reach seafood workers in the United States anytime soon.