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44 - DECEMBER 2019

Suppliers, retailers work to increase sustainable sourcing
BY ANDY NELSON

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rustaceans commonly sold at grocery retail
have a mixed record when it comes to sustainable sourcing.
At one end of the spectrum, about 95% of the
American lobsters caught in Maine and Canada are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, an international
non-profit that certifies fisheries that meet stringent sustainability standards aimed at protecting fish populations
and the health of oceans.
Fisheries approved by MSC can use the group's blue
oval-shaped seal on their products.
Unlike lobsters, crabs sold in U.S. grocery stores
are not typically certified sustainable, says Brian
Perkins, regional director for the Americas in the MSC's
Washington, D.C., U.S. headquarters.
For years, Dungeness crab from the West Coast was
certified, Perkins says. Producers dropped out of sustainability certification protocols, however, when they began
shipping primarily to China. Now, he says, many are
reevaluating whether to become certified again.
"Certified or not, though, it's a really good fishery,"
Perkins says of the West Coast Dungeness industry.
Shrimp, the most popular of crustaceans, lies
somewhere in the middle on the sustainability scale.
Most of the shrimp sold in supermarkets is imported
from Asia and South America and is farm-raised,
Perkins says. Most of that is certified by one or both
organizations that are aquaculture counterparts of
the MSC.
That said, even if product is sustainably certified,
it often doesn't bear a label indicating so at retail,
Perkins says.
Wild-caught shrimp from the U.S. Gulf Coast sold at
retail is not certified, though a number of producers are
considering doing so, Perkins says. Some Mexican wildcaught product, which is typically sold at retailers on the
West Coast, is certified by MSC.
Gulf coast shrimp faces a challenge this year because
of monster rainstorms that hit Houston and other cities.
"All that water entering the gulf really had a negative
impact on their catches," Perkins says. "Certification
requires funding, and in a year where they're not getting
all the catch they might otherwise, they could be reluctant to enter the process."

Climate change already leaving its mark
Climate change is already affecting crustacean availability, and it could have a huge impact in the coming years,
Perkins says.
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Lobster fisheries, for example, used to run all the way
from Long Island Sound in New York to northern Maine.
Now, anything south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is
what is known as a "remnant fishery," where the water is
too warm to breed.
And there is concern further north, too. "The Gulf of
Maine is warming faster than any other body of water
in the world because of limited inlet and outlet," Perkins
says. "Georges Bank forms a fence in front of it."

FRESH LOBSTER:
FROM FOODSERVICE
TO RETAI L
New York-based restaurant chain Luke's
Lobster, which has locations in the U.S. and
Asia, is now delivering its world-class lobster
to retail.
Luke's Maine-style lobsters are now available
at almost all Whole Foods Market locations
in the U.S.
"We're very excited to bring a taste of Maine
to our fans far and wide with Luke's at-home
lobster kits," according to the company.
"We're proud to be giving a percentage of
sales of our lobster kits right back to the
source: our partners at the Tenants Harbor
Fisherman's Co-Op and Cranberry Isles
Fishermen's Co-Op in Maine." 

LUKE'S LOBSTER, MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL

CRUSTACEANS

Seafood


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019

Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019
Editor's Note - Planting their flag
Contents
The Wire - Walmart revamping produce departments
Grocery fresh food sales soar
Consumers more interested in sustainability
Plant power
GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
TRENDING UP
DISPLAY CASE 101
Bakery - Brownies
Deli - Ethnic trends
GLOBAL CHEESES MOVING MAINSTREAM
Meat & Poultry - Nutrition labeling
Value-added
PORK: A VALUE-ADDED STAR
Produce - Imported fruits & vegetables
NEW VARIETIES, NEW MARKETS
Imported fruit: a winter forecast
PEPPERS
FRESH LOBSTER: FROM FOODSERVICE TO RETAIL
Food safety - Employee wellness
Commissary Insider - PEELERS
SPOTLIGHT - ENTREES
RESTAURANT ENTRÉE SALADS INSPIRE NEW FRESH EXPRESS LINE
Product Showcase
Advertisers
Fresh Takes
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 2
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Editor's Note - Planting their flag
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Contents
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 5
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Consumers more interested in sustainability
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 7
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Plant power
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 10
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - TRENDING UP
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - DISPLAY CASE 101
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Bakery - Brownies
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Deli - Ethnic trends
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - GLOBAL CHEESES MOVING MAINSTREAM
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Meat & Poultry - Nutrition labeling
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Value-added
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - PORK: A VALUE-ADDED STAR
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Produce - Imported fruits & vegetables
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - NEW VARIETIES, NEW MARKETS
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Imported fruit: a winter forecast
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - PEPPERS
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