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Feb 14 - Hendrix Genetic, Nutreco Partner to Offer Sustainable Shrimp Solutions in Ecuador


Feb 14 - India Shrimp Rejections for Antibiotics Spike in January 2019


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 13 - Noodles & Company Introduce Limited Time Shrimp Dishes Just in Time for Lent


Feb 12 - LoveTheWild Relaunching Sustainably-Farmed Fish Kits This March


Feb 11 - LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More


Feb 8 - VIDEO: Tariff Impact on Lobster; Siluriformes Recalled; November Gulf Shrimp Landings and More


Feb 7 - Kroger, Home Chef Expand Meal Kit Availability and Introduce Customizable Options


Feb 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019


Feb 5 - Gulf Shrimp Landings Fall Below 2017 Average for Second Month in a Row


Feb 4 - Cooke Seafood Enters into Shrimp Farming with Acquisition of Seajoy Corporation


Feb 4 - Russia Plans Significant Increase of Latin American Seafood Imports


Feb 1 - Del Taco Offering Wild-Caught Alaska Pollock Tacos, Jumbo Shrimp Options


Jan 31 - Black Angus Steakhouse Launches Signature Steakhouse Bowls Featuring Grilled Shrimp, Salmon


Jan 30 - NaturalShrimp Says Their Product Avoids Significant Environmental Problems


Jan 29 - Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items


Jan 28 - Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year


Jan 16 - Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region


Jan 11 - VIDEO: Industry Mourns Crab Fishermen; FDA Update; Mazzetta’s New Shrimp Line and More


Jan 8 - Mari Signum Commercial Chitin Extraction Plant Transforming Shrimp Shells


Jan 8 - Mazzetta Company Introduces New Line of Shrimp


Jan 8 - Shrimp From Ecuador to Re-Enter Brazil After Over Seven Month Suspension


Jan 7 - tru Shrimp Company Building Facility in Madison, South Dakota


Jan 7 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018


Jan 3 - Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Receives U.S. Patent For Vibrio Suppression Technology System


Jan 3 - China's Seafood Smuggling Crackdown Successes Ushers Shrimp Industry into New Era


Jan 2 - China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.


Dec 31 - Stricter Customs in China Forces Ecuador White Shrimp Prices to Rise; Ecuador Pushes for Zero Tariff


Dec 27 - NOAA, CBP Implement ‘Informed Compliance’ Period for Shrimp and Abalone SIMP Data


Dec 21 - Stavis Seafoods’ BOS’N Brand to Include Full Line of Argentine Red Shrimp Products


Dec 20 - Weight Watchers Partners with Blue Apron, Introduces New Tilapia and Shrimp Dishes


Dec 20 - SeaPak Makes Holiday Party Planning Easier with New Parmesan Shrimp and Spinach Bites


Dec 19 - Argentina, Ecuador Shrimp Thriving in China, but Some Domestic Producers Face Difficulties


Dec 17 - China Cracks Down on Smuggling and Improves Logistics for Legal Imports


Dec 14 - NMFS Releases Latest Fisheries of US Report; Alaska On Top for Volume, Value


Dec 13 - Per Capita Seafood Consumption Highest Since 2008, with Gains in Shrimp, Salmon, Cod


Dec 12 - BAP Seafood Officially Launches in Japanese Market


Dec 12 - Russia Seeks to Diversify and Increase Efforts with Coldwater Shrimp


Dec 10 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Slightly in November 2018


Dec 10 - LISTEN: Seafood Retail Features Analysis; 2019-20 Scallop Plan; Thai Union's Lobster Lab and More


Dec 10 - Shrimp Continues to Pour into the US, With Another Record Year for Imports Likely


Dec 5 - Use of Autofeeders is Dramatically Increasing Shrimp Growth, say Researchers


Dec 5 - ANALYSIS: Will Retail Features Keep Increasing Heading into the Holiday Season?


Dec 5 - BioMar Increasing Capacity At Ecuador Shrimp Feed Factory


Dec 4 - SeaPak Pushing New On-The-Go Shrimp Cocktail During Busy Holiday Season


Dec 4 - Avanti Feeds Suffers Reverses Due to Low Shrimp Prices, 20% Drop in Output


Dec 3 - LISTEN: Center for Bio Diversity Sues Trump Admin, New AquaBounty CEO and More


Nov 29 - Argentinean Shrimp Strike May Hurt Landings


Nov 28 - Olive Garden Adds Lobster Shrimp Mac and Cheese to Menu for Limited Time


Nov 28 - Marine-Tech International Ordered to Cease Using Benchmark Holdings Technology


Nov 28 - October 2018 Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Harvest at Record Low


Nov 26 - LISTEN: Blue Apron and Costco; Maine's Shrimp Fishery; 2019 Food Trends and More


Nov 21 - Shrimp Prices Approaching Their Lowest Level in Three Years; But Don't Forget Market is Cyclical


Nov 20 - NaturalShrimp CEO Previews Plans for Future


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Hendrix Genetic, Nutreco Partner to Offer Sustainable Shrimp Solutions in Ecuador

Hendrix Genetics announced that they plan on establishing a state-of-the-art shrimp laboratory in Ecuador thanks to a partnership with Nutreco and Ecuacultivos. The three companies will be investing capital to modernize the existing Macrobio laboratory, and the facility will focus on providing “local production of shrimp, genetics and advanced breeding technology, in addition to nutritional solutions in food supply for aquaculture.”

“After our entry into shrimp farming in 2017, we have put all our efforts in developing the Kona Bay shrimp breeding program... 

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India Shrimp Rejections for Antibiotics Spike in January 2019

India shrimp rejections for January 2019 have spiked significantly, according to FDA import refusal data.

This past January the FDA refused 32 shrimp entry lines from India. Of those 32 refused entry lines, 26 were related to banned antibiotics. Looking back to January 2018 there were 14 shrimp refusals from India, however, none of the refused entry lines were due to banned antibiotics. In fact, in 2018 the FDA only refused 15 shrimp entry lines from India for antibiotics. This means that one month in 2019 had...

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Noodles & Company Introduce Limited Time Shrimp Dishes Just in Time for Lent

Noodles & Company is expanding their menu. The fast-casual restaurant announced this week that for a limited time they will be offering two new dishes featuring shrimp – and just in time for Lent!

Starting today, diners can indulge in a Zucchini Shrimp Scampi dish or a Penne Rosa with Shrimp dish. According to Noodles & Company, the new options were created with their guests in mind. The dishes, which are a light, protein-rich option, can help diners reach their New Year’s resolution goals...

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LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More

Welcome back to the SeafoodNews Weekly Podcast!  This episode of the podcast breaks down right whale protection rules in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; how the China tariffs are impacting U.S. lobster importers; November 2018 shrimp imports; pesticide use in Washington oyster beds; and how tilapia is being used to grow cannabis. Plus, find out “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt’s connection to shrimp!

This episode is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from April 28...

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Kroger, Home Chef Expand Meal Kit Availability and Introduce Customizable Options

Kroger and Home Chef are expanding their offerings to more customers approximately six months after introducing the meal kits in stores in Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Kroger announced on Wednesday that retail meal kits will now be introduced to 500 additional Kroger Family of Stores across the country.

“Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience and provide new ways to shop for, prep and cook meals through exciting brick and mortar and digital experiences,” Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising said in a press release...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Fall Below 2017 Average for Second Month in a Row

Gulf shrimp landings have fallen below both the 2017 figure and the prior eight-year average for the second month in a row. According to seafood market reporter Jim Kenny, the drop below the eight-year average has actually occurred 8 out of 11 months this year.

Due to the government shutdown, the National Marine Fisheries Service just released numbers for November 2018 and landings for all species, headless came in at 8.207 million lbs. To compare, landings in November 2017 hit 8.898 million lbs...

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Russia Plans Significant Increase of Latin American Seafood Imports

Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of fish and seafood imports from Latin America during the next several years, despite high logistics and other costs, according to recent statements of senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and local experts in the seafood industry.

As part of these plans, particular attention will be paid to increasing fish imports from Venezuela, Chile and Argentina.

In the case of Venezuela, according to recent statements of Hector Rodriguez, the governor of the Venezuelan state of Miranda... 

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Black Angus Steakhouse Launches Signature Steakhouse Bowls Featuring Grilled Shrimp, Salmon

Black Angus Steakhouse is thinking outside of the plate. The restaurant chain announced this week that they are releasing a new line of Steakhouse Bowls, available with a choice of top sirloin, chicken, Grilled shrimp or salmon.

“Protein has always taken the lead on the Black Angus menu; it’s what the restaurant was built on and what we are still known for today,” CEO Chris Ames said in a press release. “Just as food trends and lifestyles evolve, so must our offerings...

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Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items

Red Lobster welcomes back its annual Lobsterfest event, featuring the largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. For a limited time, guests can choose from exciting options including NEW! Lobster in Paradise featuring a crispy coconut Maine lobster tail, as well as classic favorites, like the Lobster Lover's Dream, this year featuring a butter-poached Maine lobster tail alongside a roasted rock lobster tail and lobster and shrimp linguini, according to a company statement.

"Lobsterfest is one of our guests' favorite events because there are so many different ...

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Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

One click will take you to a site that can tell you all you need to know about prices and landings for nearly every Alaska fish species by region, how much was processed and into what products, and what processors sold it for.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to the early 1980s.

For salmon, charts and graphs show...

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Mari Signum Commercial Chitin Extraction Plant Transforming Shrimp Shells

Mari Signum-Mid Atlantic is using their environmentally responsible commercial Chitin extraction plant to transform shrimp shells into “one of the most important substances for human and the planet’s health.”

According to a news release, the company’s technology uses “environmentally benign Ionic Liquids in a recirculating system.” This process, which was developed at the University of Alabama and is exclusive to Mari Signum, replaces the reliance on toxic petrochemicals. Traditional Chitin extraction, also known as pulping, is generally forbidden in the Western Hemisphere, and uses...

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Shrimp From Ecuador to Re-Enter Brazil After Over Seven Month Suspension

Ecuadorian shrimp will finally be able to re-enter Brazil after a more than seven month long suspension.

In early 2018 domestic shrimp producers in Brazil called for imports of Ecuador shrimp to be suspended to “avoid risks to human health.” Brazil attorney general Raquel Elias Ferreira Dodge agreed with the request for suspending the imports, saying that continued imports of Ecuadorian shrimp posed environmental risks to Brazil. In June Minister Carmen Lucia, president of Brazil’s Supreme Court, ruled that...

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Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018

Total refusals of shipments decreased 25.7% from December 2017 to December 2018. Year-to-date there are 78 line item refusals compared to 105 at this time last year.

Tuna had the biggest YTD increase in December, with 243 line item refusals compared to 156 at this time last year; a 55.8% increase. Mahi Mahi refusals also increased, with 172 YTD compared to 137 last year YTD. Snapper stayed the same, with 59 line item refusals last year and YTD this year...

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China's Seafood Smuggling Crackdown Successes Ushers Shrimp Industry into New Era

According to the Hebei government on Dec. 25, 2018, local customs cracked down on a smuggling case of frozen seafood in late October of 2018. Two gangs were broken up and 11 suspects have been held in custody so far. This case involves 15,500 tons of frozen seafood and tax evasion of 111 million yuan (~$16.51 million USD). Its value reaches 889 million yuan (~$129.4 million USD), which is higher than all the other cases customs has seized...

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Stricter Customs in China Forces Ecuador White Shrimp Prices to Rise; Ecuador Pushes for Zero Tariffs

White shrimp from Ecuador have done well in the Chinese market within the past few years. Their sales have skyrocketed in this year’s online shopping carnival. And with China’s rising demand, large quantities have been smuggled into the country through Vietnam during the first half year, though China has worked hard to crack down on smuggling and promote legal imports.

The cost is still higher for legal importers who have only paid 2 percent tariffs now, because the value-added tax is high...

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Stavis Seafoods’ BOS’N Brand to Include Full Line of Argentine Red Shrimp Products

Stavis Seafoods is expanding their BOS’N brand. The company announced that their BOS’N line will now include a full line of Argentine Red Shrimp products.

According to Stavis, new additions to the BOS’N line include retail and foodservice packs of Peeled & Deveined, Easy-to-Peel and Headless, Shell-On Argentine Red Shrimp. The line previously included various cooked and raw P&D White Shrimp and Black Tiger Shrimp, as well as a Cold Water Shrimp option.” The shrimp is harvested on...

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King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'

China’s largest-scale shopping carnival has come to an end with the ending of its lunar New Year holiday recently. Impressively, its residents spent more than 1 trillion yuan celebrating the holiday. One new feature of festival consumption is that imported commodities have become increasingly popular and affordable for frenzied Chinese consumers.

According to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant, king crabs have become a hot choice for the festival feast. Their sales ballooned by 769% on its T-mall platform around...

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LoveTheWild Relaunching Sustainably-Farmed Fish Kits This March

LoveTheWild is relaunching their sustainably-farmed fish kits. The company, which was founded in 2014, confirmed that their new easy-to-prepare meal solutions will be hitting Whole Foods Market locations nationwide this March.

As part of the relaunch, Whole Foods customers will be able to purchase new options, including Barramundi with Mango Sriracha; Shrimp with Cajun Crème; and Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde.

Meanwhile, shoppers at other retailers will be able to indulge in Red Trout with Salsa Verde; Salmon with Maple Mustard; Shrimp with...

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VIDEO: Tariff Impact on Lobster; Siluriformes Recalled; November Gulf Shrimp Landings and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with host Amanda Buckle. This week on the video we talk about the impact of the China tariffs on lobster imports; the USDA's recall of siluriformes products; November 2018 Gulf Shrimp Landings; and the latest attack on Sea Shepherd. 

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The executive conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th, is expanding this year...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019

Total refusals of shipments increased 48.3% from January 2018 to January 2019. Year-to-date there are 175 line item refusals compared to 118 at this time last year.

Snapper had the biggest YTD increase in January, with 71 line item refusals compared to 3 at this time last year; a 2266.7% increase. Tilapia refusals also increased, with 16 line item refusals YTD compared to 4 last year YTD. That’s a 300% increase. Shrimp increased 52.4%, with 32 line item refusals YTD compared to...

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Cooke Seafood Enters into Shrimp Farming with Acquisition of Seajoy Corporation

Cooke Seafood confirmed late last week that they have completed the acquisition of Seajoy Seafood Corporation group, one of the largest vertically integrated, premium shrimp farms in Latin America.

Seajoy produces value-added and organic Pacific white shrimp. The company has farms, processing plants, hatcheries and breeding programs located in Honduras and Nicaragua. Talk of Cooke acquiring Seajoy has been ongoing since June. At the time several groups were interested in purchasing the shrimp producer, but Cooke was considered the favorite in the deal...

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Del Taco Offering Wild-Caught Alaska Pollock Tacos, Jumbo Shrimp Options

Mexican quick service restaurant Del Taco is expanding their seafood offerings.

“Our guests already love Del Taco’s Beer Battered Fish tacos, and each year, look forward to the return of our crispy Jumbo Shrimp tacos and burritos,” said Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Seafood fans come to Del Taco because they know that they can get a variety of freshly-prepared, premium and delicious seafood items at an unbeatable value, and served at the speed of our drive-thru...

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NaturalShrimp Says Their Product Avoids Significant Environmental Problems

Following a study by Consumer Reports that found that imported shrimp samples were contaminated with antibiotics, Texas shrimp producer NaturalShrimp is proud to boast that their product avoids “significant environmental problems that have plagued other means to grow and harvest shrimp.”

“What we are bringing to not only the U.S., but internationally, is a safe way to grow shrimp that solves these major environmental problems,” NaturalShrimp Chairman and CEO Bill G. Williams said in a statement. “Ours is a disruptive revolution in the growing and harvesting of this vital seafood...

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Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year

The Russian government will consider the possibility of extending the list of fish species quotas that will be open to oligarch investors with no fishing history in Russia.  These quotas for which catch will be distributed through the auctions will be open to companies that do not have any prior fishing history,  according to recent statements of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) and some senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture.

According to initial state plans, only crab quotas would have become a subject of these 'no history' auctions. However, these plans were revised later by the government, in an attempt to increase revenue from the seafood industry to the federal budget...

 

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VIDEO: Industry Mourns Crab Fishermen; FDA Update; Mazzetta’s New Shrimp Line and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Laura Zinger. This week we talk about the fishing industry mourning the deaths of Oregon crab fishermen; the FDA’s food safety inspections during the government shutdown; the latest on the Chicken of the Sea tuna price-fixing lawsuit; and Mazzetta’s new shrimp line.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles...

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Mazzetta Company Introduces New Line of Shrimp

Mazzetta Company announced on Tuesday the introduction of Oishii, a new product line that will “surpass the standards of the current shrimp industry.” Pronounced oh-ee-shee, the new line means “delicious” in Japanese and is 100% chemical free with no added hormones, phosphates, antibiotics or artificial preservatives.

According to a news release from Mazzetta, their Oishii shrimp go from “swimming to frozen within four hours” due to the close proximity of their shrimp farms to their production facilities. The Oishi shrimp is farmed in lined ponds...

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tru Shrimp Company Building Facility in Madison, South Dakota

The tru Shrimp Company announced that they are [planning to build their first shrimp production facility in Madison, South Dakota.

“We are excited to be working with the City of Madison and the Lake Area Improvement Corporation in bringing safe and sustainable shrimp to the U.S. consumer,” tru Shrimp president and CEO Michael Ziebell said in a press release. “Though we’re headquartered in Minnesota, tru Shrimp is truly a Midwest company. Building our first Harbor in Madison reaffirms our commitment to the broader region...

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Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Receives U.S. Patent For Vibrio Suppression Technology System

Texas shrimp producer NaturalShrimp announced on Thursday that the they have received a U.S. Patent for the Vibrio Suppression Technology system that they co-developed with F&T Water Solutions.

NaturalShrimp and F&T Water Solutions’ Recirculating Aquaculture System and Treatment Method for Aquatic Species was developed for the first commercially viable system for growing aquatic species indoors. The system not only automatically controls ammonia, bacteria and solids, but feed quality as well. It eliminates bacteria and other harmful organisms to allow shrimp to “grow and thrive in an indoor all-natural environment.”

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China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.

According to an announcement from China’s Ministry of Finance, the country has lowered tariffs on commodities imported from New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Iceland, South Korea, Australia, Georgia and members of the Asian Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA). These new tariffs went into effect on January 1.

The official list includes about 300 types of seafood products.

The tariffs have dropped to zero on many seafood items from some countries mentioned above and on all seafood products produced in Hong Kong and Macao...

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NOAA, CBP Implement ‘Informed Compliance’ Period for Shrimp and Abalone SIMP Data

While parts of the U.S. Government are closed due to the shutdown, NOAA Fisheries announced that they have implemented a period of “informed compliance” for submission of SIMP data for shrimp and abalone. The compliance provisions, which are in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, start December 31, 2018 and run through March 1, 2019.

According to NOAA, it will be mandatory for foreign shrimp products to be accompanied by harvest and landing data beginning December 31. In addition, importers will have to maintain ...

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