The Seafood Expo North America show began this Sunday.
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The (not-so-scary) future of GM salmon
Tuesday March 19, 7:00 pm EST
AquaBounty's Sylvia Wulf said the seafood industry needs to warm up to genetically modified salmon and other alternative proteins if it wants to be sustainable.
Tuesday March 19, 6:50 pm EST
Ready. Set. Salmon
Fishpeople's newest value-added salmon product is in US retailers and plans are to expand sales, said Norma Ford, the company's brand manager.
-- John Fiorillo
Tuesday March 19, 6:47 pm EST
Fish farming technology solution
Mike Forbes of Ace Aquatec says his company has a solution that can help fish farmers boost yields and improve product quality.
-- John Fiorillo
Tuesday March 19, 10:47 am EST
Alaskan Leader waves the US flag
Keith Singleton, president of the value-added division of Alaskan Leader Seafood, says the company's seven-year effort to develop a retail brand for its hook-and-line cod is finally starting to pay dividends, particularly in a time when "Buy American" has become a big sales hook.
"Anything you can put an American flag on, the US consumer wants," Singleton said.
The retail segment poses new challenges for the company, and isn't for the weak-kneed.
"Once you get started, there's no turning back -- packaging, graphics, focus groups -- you can't to it halfway," he said.
Alaska Leader's products won their first big boost with a listing in Costco, but more retailers have taken the product on, and more listings are in the pipeline.
Tuesday March 19, 10:32 am EST
PanaPesca's sustainability targets
Tuesday March 19, 10:16 am EST
PezCo diversifies into frozen
Colombian tilapia producer PezCo has been benefiting from the turn away from Chinese frozen tilapia imports into the US by selling fresh, and by highlighting their Latin American origin.
"We have an opportunity to position ourselves and the Colombian brand as a premium frozen supplier in the same way we've done as fresh," CEO Luis-Ignacio Libreros and COO Juan-Carlos Libreros told IntraFish.
Trade wars and the ongoing negative press on tilapia in the US market has given PezCo and opening, the executives said, where they can play on both their sustainable certifications, as well as the price point frozen offers.
Monday March 18, 3.03 pm EST
Why was E&E gunning for Cannon?
Seattle-based E&E Foods' purchase of seafood supplier and processor Cannon Fish Company happened relatively quickly, Ken Ng, E&E’s chief operating officer, told IntraFish the story on the Boston show floor...(read more)
Monday March 18, 2.30 pm EST
Bellingham, Washington-based Bornstein Seafoods, one of the largest West Coast processing groups, has rebranded the operation in a bid not just to change its face to customers, but to the next generation of employees that will move the group forward. CEO Colin Bornstein told IntraFish...(read more)
Monday March 18, 2.30 pm EST
Cooke gets larger and larger
Cooke Seafood on Monday announced it acquired fresh seafood distributor All Seas Wholesale of San Francisco, California.
The company touts itself as a "same day vendor" to Bay Area hotels, country clubs and upscale retailers and restaurants. On Saturday, the company announced it acquired...(read more)
Monday March 18, 2.00 pm EST
Slade Gorton launches frozen cod, haddock, Arctic char retail range
Slade Gorton is launching a new retail line of frozen cod, haddock and Arctic char from Iceland, which will be available nationwide.
Each net weight 1-pound ICYBAY Iceland bag comprises individually vacuum-packed cod, haddock and Arctic char portions.
The wild caught Icelandic cod and haddock are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, while the ICYBAY Iceland Arctic char is farm-raised in land-based tanks. It is also GMO and antibiotic-free and Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certified.
Monday March 18, 1.39 pm EST
Sea bass, bream producers to receive ASC certification this year
Jack Cutforth, media manager with Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), told IntraFish the nonprofit is close to completing the audits for farms that have undergone the certification process for sea bass...(read more)
Monday March 18, 1.36 pm EST
First ‘green rated’ Norwegian salmon hits US shelves
Nordic Blu Salmon, raised by Salten Aqua in Norway and the first ever marine net pen farmed Atlantic salmon rated “green” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, is now available at retailers...(read more)
Monday March 18, 10.44 am EST
Chilean salmon industry makes pledge to halve antibiotic use
The Chilean association of salmon farmers, SalmonChile, the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council (CSMC) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Monday, committing to reduce antibiotic use by...(read more)
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 more).
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.
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
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).
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).
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...(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 Albertson's 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 value-added line aimed at tempting seafood-wary consumers to bring home flavored and marinated products using the company's core species -- scallops.
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.