Retail Report: Catfish sales outpaced by overall finfish sales
Seafood department catfish sales are flat, averaging $203 per week per store during the 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, 2007, unchanged from the same period in 2006. Conversely, weekly finfish sales were up 9.3 percent through Sept. 29, 2007, to
 Fish processors going extinct
Sustainability is a fact of life these days in the fish business. Environmental NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have successfully seized upon the issue and put federal fisheries managers under the gun to restore fish stocks as quickly as possible. That’s led
 Size matters
Shoppers have a wide variety of seafood options at the Stew Leonard’s store in Danbury, Conn. A 40-foot fresh bar stacked on ice and 16-foot freezer hold about 50 to 60 species totaling more than 100 SKUs. “[Customers] appreciate the
 Spread the word: Seafood is good for you
Almost anything that concerns ocean fisheries today has been so politicized and distorted by huge globs of money from well meaning foundations and organizations concerned with the ocean environment that the voice of the fisherman, who depends on the ocean’s
 Manila clams
The Manila clam, native to Asia, originally hitched a ride to the United States with shipments of oyster seed from Japan in the 1920s. “In the 1940s we started to notice a clam that was different than the native clam
 Catching on
You might say that Chris Parsons has made seafood a lifetime study. The chef and owner of two Catch restaurants went on his first Cape Cod fly-fishing expedition at the age of 1, harnessed in a backpack on his father’s
 The fine print
Three years ago this month, U.S. retailers were required by law to label all seafood products with their country of origin and method of production (whether wild or farmed). Country-of-origin labeling legislation, known simply as COOL since its inception as
 Perception is everything
A food recall can devastate a seafood company, especially if there is a rush to judgment by the media. If recalling a product from the marketplace becomes a high profile news event, it can seriously impact a company’s sales and
 Case Study: Size matters
Shoppers have a wide variety of seafood options at the Stew Leonard’s store in Danbury, Conn. A 40-foot fresh bar stacked on ice and 16-foot freezer hold about 50 to 60 species totaling more than 100 SKUs. “[Customers] appreciate the
 Editor’s Note: Restaurant COOL a bad proposition
Over the years I’ve seen my share of exemplary — as well as horrendous — retail product labels. I’m not just struck by the curious spellings of some species, but also the origins. Ever since country-of-origin labeling (COOL) became mandatory