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Other Media | SeafoodSource:Bumble Bee CEO Jan Tharp joins plant-based food company’s board of directors

UNITED STATES
Thursday, April 02, 2020

Bumble Bee Foods President and CEO Jan Tharp has joined the board of directors of Gathered Foods, the developer of plant-based seafood analogs under the Good Catch brand.

Tharp’s appointment comes just after Bumble Bee and Gathered Foods announced their joint distribution venture on 2 March, a partnership that will see the former “leverage its sales, distribution and logistics expertise to ensure that consumers nationwide have access to Good Catch products at affordable prices.”

Regarded as a “transformational leader within the industry, among her peers, and with Bumble Bee employees,” Tharp will leverage her extensive seafood sector experience and expertise while seated on Gathered Foods’ board, the plant-based alternatives company said in a press release.

Author: Madelyn Kearns / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: UN calls on states not to disrupt food trade during pandemic

UNITED NATIONS
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Directors-General of the WHA, FAO and the WTO (Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, QU Dongyu and Roberto Azevedo respectively) have released a joint statement reminding countries that “care must be taken to minimize possible repercussions on the food supply or the unforeseen consequences on world trade and food security ”as“ millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods ”.
 
"When acting to protect the health and well-being of their citizens, countries must ensure that no trade-related measure disrupts the food supply chain," say UN chiefs. These "disturbances", including "limiting the movement of workers in the agricultural and food industry and increasing delays at the borders for food containers," lead to deterioration of perishable goods and increased food waste. "Restrictions on food trade could also be linked to unwarranted food safety concerns," adds the organization. If this hypothesis were to materialize, "the food supply chain would be interrupted, with especially pronounced consequences for the most vulnerable and food-insecure populations."
 
Source:  Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | aqua.cl: Subpesca: Annual fisheries report reveals improvements in horse mackerel, cod and other relevant resources

CHILE
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Horse mackerel, cod and other key resources for fishing activity improved their condition during 2019, according to the latest annual report on the subject prepared by the Undersecretariat for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca).
 
The report shows that five emblematic fisheries progressed in their condition: anchovy (between Arica-Parinacota and Antofagasta), anchovy (Valparaíso-Los Lagos); horse mackerel (Arica-Parinacota and Los Lagos), deep cod (Arica-Parinacota-Latitude 47 ° South), and deep cod (Latitude 47 ° South-Latitude 57 ° South).
 
The law provides that the Undersecretariat annually submit data on the evolution of 27 resources, without prejudice to the fact that the report addresses a total of 44 fisheries. In practice, the report works as a “barometer” that provides signals about the condition of different fish, crustaceans, molluscs and algae on which the fishing sector operates.
 
Of the 27 resources whose situation is evaluated annually, the report reveals that in 2019, 26 of them improved or maintained their condition compared to the previous year.
 
Source: aqua.cl | Read the full article here (Spanish)

Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Sysco partners with Kroger for furloughed worker jobs

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Houston-based food distribution giant Sysco will send workers to Kroger distribution centres for temporary work.

In a press release, the restaurant supplier giant Sysco writes that under the agreement, its workers in the United States who have been temporarily furloughed due to the dramatic decline in foodservice demand from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to work at Kroger locations for 30 days, or more, as agreed upon by both companies.

Kroger is the United States’ largest supermarket by revenue.

SalmonBusiness reported this month that Sysco announced that it is “actively pursuing new sources of revenue by leveraging its supply chain expertise to provide services to the retail grocery sector”.

“During these unprecedented times, we are pleased to partner with Kroger, as both of our companies work to respond in an agile manner to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our associates and our communities,” said Kevin Hourican, president and chief executive officer of Sysco. “This agreement will benefit many of Sysco’s associates by creating good work opportunities with a respected company, while at the same time helping to alleviate strain in the food supply chain due to a surge in demand at retail stores.

Author:Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness |  Read the full article here


PRESS RELEASE | Sea Data Center will be the data provider for the VSV in Westman Islands

ICELAND
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Sea Data Center, the leading data provider of market data, information and analysis for fisheries and aquaculture, proudly announces that VSV have selected Sea Data Center as their main provider for seafood market data and analysis.

Anna Björk Theodorsdottir, Managing Director, Sea Data Center and Oddvar Husby, Logistics Director Maritech 

Sea Data Center, also a representative for Maritech Systems in Iceland, a world leader in customized software solutions for the seafood industry, provides key information on global seafood supply and price information that enables their customers to benchmark their products to the market.

Sea Data Center's market information can be delivered through both the web portal seadatacenter.com as well as through a Microsoft Power BI analytics tool.

With this agreement, VSV will have direct access to all market data collected by the Sea Data Center with full flexibility in presentation and reporting, including an editing function enabling VSV to produce their own reports benchmarking their own data against the market to secure competitive pricing.


Other Media | FishFarmer: Salmon companies in flight plea to Russia

NORWAY
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

A NUMBER of Norwegian fish farming companies have called on their government to press Moscow to lift its ban on salmon flights over Russia during the Covid-19 crisis.

The call has come from Sjømatbedriftene, the Federation of Seafood Businesses, which says the move would go some way to relieving a beleaguered salmon export sector.

Several Norwegian media outlets are reporting that federation CEO, Robert Eriksson, who has also been critical of a recent government decision to grant processing exemptions to Mowi and Lerøy Seafood, has requested that the transport minister, Knut Arild Hareide, should take up the issue as a matter of urgency.

Eriksson said: ‘I want him to make contact with his Russian colleague to look at the possibility of exempting the Russian air space, so that airlines that can now assist will have the opportunity to fly Norwegian seafood out to those markets that want it.’

It is though those markets include Japan and South Korea, which seem to be getting on top of coronavirus.

But there are also signs that China is beginning to open up again. Last year, Norway exported more than 260,000 tonnes of salmon by air, much of it to the Far East.

Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource:Cargill working proactively to get ahead of tightening regulations in China

CHINA
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

By far the largest aquaculture producer in the world, China produced more than 50 million tons of farmed seafood last year, more than three-quarters of its total production of 64.5 million tons. That level of production makes China a vital market for aquafeed companies such as Cargill.

SeafoodSource talked to Henry Tang, the managing director for North Asia at Cargill Aqua Nutrition Group, about how the sector is changing in terms of investment, species development, and government policy, and how feed companies like his are responding to changes being implemented by the Chinese government affecting China’s aquafeed sector.

SeafoodSource: What are your views about how the Chinese aquaculture market is developing, especially in terms of new products and new trends?

Tang: The annual growth rate of aquaculture production in China remains very fast and steady. We have to understand that consumers’ seafood choices are very diversified in China, and there are many cultured species. Alongside the growth, consumption demand is changing from people “eating enough” to people eating “quality and healthy” seafood. We believe that the development and application of new raw materials can significantly improve the quality and flavor of aquaculture products, and we have done much exploration in this area. Cargill has been advocating a safe, responsible and sustainable way to help the world thrive, in the use of byproducts, which is what we continue to focus on.

Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full article
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Other Media | iLasks.no: Jan Olav Langeland becomes new CEO of Salmon Group

NORWAY
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

“The Board is proud to announce Jan Olav Langeland as the new CEO of the Salmon Group. Langeland has experience from both national and international work in management, sales, marketing and branding. In addition, he has worked with business policy framework conditions at all political and administrative levels, ”Salmon Group writes in a press release.
 
Among the brands Langeland has worked with are Kavli, Synnøve Finden, Altibox and BKK. He has also been marketing manager at feed manufacturer EWOS. Today, Langeland runs the labor market company Grønneviken, a company with 140 employees.
 
- Jan Olav Langeland has a good breadth in his leadership background, which makes him fit to think holistically, and make sure that the Salmon Group continues to be updated and up front. We will help set the agenda for the industry in the future as well, says Tom Jarle Bjørkly, Chairman of the Board of Salmon Group.
 
Source: iLaks.no | Read the full article here (Norwegian)

Other Media | SalmonBusiness: 'Restaurants told us, we kept open during the First and the Second World War, but we have to close for this'

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

“Our business has exploded in the last two weeks”. There are some wildly different experiences for smaller but key salmon suppliers across the country

As the coronavirus causes lockdowns and has shut down the restaurant industry indeterminately, fish suppliers that deal in salmon are each facing rapid changes to the market place.

A spokesperson from The Cornish Fish Store based in the South West of England told SalmonBusiness that “we are still dealing, still open” but that it was struggling with transport.

Not worthwhile
She said that fleets were out getting crab and wild catch – but the real issue was with Scottish salmon. “Grimsby market is closed and it’s not worthwhile for companies to come here without visiting Grimsby”.

The issue is transporting – or rather the government coronavirus rules on permitting trucks of Scottish salmon to drive all the way down to the south of the UK. “If it doesn’t change the way it is going, we may have a real issue”.

Author:Owen Evans / SalmonBusiness |  Read the full article here


Other Media | Alimarket: The canning sector guarantees supply despite the exponential growth in its demand

SPAIN
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has had a special impact on the canning sector, as it is considered one of the most basic food products, especially canned tuna, sardines and mussels. In fact, according to Nielsen, its demand increased by 12% in retail in the first week of the crisis, from March 2 to 8, a percentage that has grown in recent weeks to reach 30% with peaks that have reached triple the orders made by the chains to the canneries in a normal week.
 
According to the general secretary of the National Association of Canned Food Manufacturers, Anfaco-Cecopesca, Juan Manuel Vieites, “in the first days after the state of alarm was decreed, the sales expected for months took place. However, after this initial pull, demand tends to stabilize under a stable consumption pattern ”. Despite this high level of demand, Anfaco, as well as some of the canneries consulted, coincide in guaranteeing the supply of canned food, since most companies have enough fish in stock to respond to demand in the coming months. .

Source: Alimarket Alimentacion | Read the full article here (Spanish)

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