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SENA 2019 LIVE: 'Clean' tilapia, algae-fed salmon, and a raft of new products

The Seafood Expo North America opens its doors Sunday, bringing industry execs together from across the globe.

The Seafood Expo North America show began this Sunday.

We're updating this page live with the latest news and highlighting who's showcasing what on the show floor.

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And be sure to stop by the IntraFish booth #167 to meet our editorial and sales staff at show.

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Monday March 18, 9.00 am EST

Nueva Pescanova expands Seafood Tapas range

Nueva Pescanova is launching three new shrimp products this year at SENA.

The ready-to-cook Argentinean shrimp line is presented as part of the company’s Seafood Tapas range, which is targeted at consumers seeking quick-preparation seafood dishes for casual events.

The products are sold in bags of peeled and frozen red Argentine shrimp with three different sauces: butter and garlic, citrus herb and chipotle sea salt.

Following an easy preparation based on "Open, Toss, Sizzle, Serve!" the recipe works as a main entree or as garnish in a five minutes cooking.


Monday March 18, 12.55 am EST

Legal Sea Foods signs up with CP Foods on shrimp deal

Boston-based restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods will partner with Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) to co-pack premium shrimp products for distribution in North America.

Read the full story here.



Sunday March 17, 6.03 pm EST

Albion renews Ocean Disclosure Project participation

Canadian seafood supplier Albion Farms & Fisheries has renewed its participation in the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership's Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) for a second year, and published an update to its online profile.

Albion joined the ODP in 2018 as the first Canadian company to participate.

Albion’s profile includes a complete, updated list of all the fisheries used to source wild seafood, along with information on management, catch method, and environmental impact.


Sunday March 17, 5.45 pm EST

Cermaq makes the most of Arctic origin

Cermaq launched a new B2B brand platform for the salmon it farms north of the Arctic Circle.

Click here to read the full story.


Sunday March 17, 2:30 pm EST

The future of feed?

Menon Renewable Products is offering functional feed ingredients it believes can greatly enhance the production and health of farmed shrimp, salmon, tilapia and other species.

-- John Fiorillo


Sunday March 17, 12:30 pm EST

Foppen expanding in US market

The Foppen smoked seafood brand is looking to expand aggressively in the US market, through both retail and foodservice, said Remko Vedder, sales director USA for the Dutch Seafood Company. Click here to read the full story.

-- John Fiorillo


Sunday March 17, 7:00 am EST

Ventisqueros shows off its algae-fed salmon

-Rachel Sapin



Alaska hones in on product innovation

The nonprofit plans to use its time at SENA to highlight the winners of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation's (AFDF) Alaska Symphony of Seafood new product competition, featuring items such as Tai Foong USA's Alaska Cod Dumplings (read more).

--Rachel Sapin


Noodles noodles everywhere

This year Trident Seafoods is placing all of its bets on its new protein noodles, said John Salle, the company's senior vice president of marketing and innovation (read more).

--Rachel Sapin


Open-ocean farmed red snapper

Cobia producer Open Blue is adding Earth Ocean Farm's open-ocean farmed Pacific Snapper ( Lutjanus Peru) to its product line, the company said Saturday. Click here to read more.


No meat to see here

The Saucy Fish Co. is introducing a flexitarian range to its “fish minus the fuss” product lines. The new range is aimed at attracting younger shoppers looking for meat free alternatives.


A new king is in town

Kampachi Farms sees promise in its new King Kampachi yellowtail, which it plans to offer to US consumers for the first time at SENA. The company told IntraFish that foodservice is its first target area for the product.


Meet Martha Stewart's food "guru"

Cooke Aquaculture-owned True North Seafood is partnering with Sequential Brands Group to develop a new Martha Stewart line for its brand True North Seafood, which is scheduled to launch at SENA.

On Sunday, March 17, Martha Stewart’s culinary director Thomas Joseph will present the new offerings from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST at SENA at booths 1233 and 1133.


It's all about the protein

New York smoked salmon giant Acme has hopped on the protein-crazed bandwagon and introduced its newest Smoke Roasted Salmon Protein Bowl at US retailer Kroger. The product is also a finalist for the New Product Excellence Award at SENA this year.

Acme will be at booth #2806.


The Icelandic cod to Colorado connector

Want fresh Icelandic cod delivered to the United States in 24 hours? That's exactly what Colorado-headquartered Niceland Seafood does. Last year the company partnered with Icelandair and major distributors such as Seattle Fish to bring the fresh cod to US consumers. And the company said recently, it has only been growing since.


Young’s Seafood brings the taste of the British Chippy

UK seafood processor, Young’s Seafood, is once again bringing an authentic taste of the British Chip Shop stateside at the Seafood Expo North America.

The company is presenting its British made seafood range, and returns to the show that helped secure national distribution for its frozen fish with Walmart, Sam’s Club and Ahold Delhaize.

In their first year of trade, Young’s went on to secure further listings with the Albertsons Safeway group, Food Lion, Jewel-Osco, and Meijer, which now sees the 200-year-old heritage brand available in approximately 20,000 distribution points across North America.

Executives from the business, and their partners The Fishin’ Company, will be on hand on booth #3085 throughout the show.


There's a new noodle in town. Trident will be promoting its new protein noodles made from Alaska pollock at this year's SENA as well as all the creative ways people can consume Alaska pollock.


BSF launches "clean" tilapia

BSF created the value-added item to "provide a clean all natural tilapia option, with a unique breading blend to appeal to a broader audience to even include young seafood lovers," Bluzette Carline, the company's marketing director, told IntraFish. Get the details.

The company will also be partnering with Barton Seaver to introduce Seafood Literacy, an online training course designed to increase seafood consumption by educating culinary and seafood professionals.


Maine-based seafood supplier Bristol Seafood has launched a new, easy-to-cook product that takes consumers "from fish to fabulous in three easy steps."



Maine-based seafood company Cheating Gourmet is competing against dozens of new products for the coveted title of Best New Retail Product at this year's Boston seafood show.

Cheating Gourmet, which will soon be known as Scott & Jon’s, after founders Scott and Jon Demers, will be debuting four products, all featuring sustainably-sourced shrimp. The new products, Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bowl, Shrimp Scampi Pasta Bowl, Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowl and Spicy Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowl, expand on Cheating Gourmet’s flagship line of gourmet frozen shrimp and rice bowls.

To see all of the products competing at this year's show click here.


The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is holding a luncheon on March 16, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Burroughs Room of the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

SFP CEO Jim Cannon will offer a full briefing on the status of SFP’s Target 75 (T75) initiative. Cannon will discuss how various species are coming along toward T75 goals.

SFP’s Target 75 initiative is setting the goal that, by the end of 2020, 75 percent or more of global seafood by volume, within a set of designated sectors, is produced in a manner that is considered sustainable or improving toward sustainability.