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Seafood sustainability has been in the news recently as BJ's and Safeway reported on developments at their chains, and FMI announced during the Boston Seafood Show that it would soon release a seafood sustainability toolkit. Also at the show was a presentation detailing last year's seafood sales.
Supervalu Expands Sustainability
MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu here has announced a significant expansion of its existing seafood sustainability program, including a new comprehensive procurement policy developed in partnership with the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
Through the agreement, the company’s procurement policy will adopt Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards. Supervalu’s goal is to work closely with GAA and their suppliers to ensure that all farm-raised products sold by Supervalu and its banners are BAP certified to the farm level by early 2013, according to a press release.
“With this new agreement, Supervalu is fully committed to sustainable sourcing practices for both wild-caught and farm-raised seafood,” Chris Hooks, Supervalu’s vice president of meat, seafood, dairy and frozen foods, said in the release. “When combined with our decision to discontinue six unsustainable seafood species from our stores, our customers can be confident that we are doing our part to ensure a viable seafood supply both now and in the future.”
The six species of wild-caught fish that were discontinued due to sustainability concerns last week included orange roughy, shark, monk, bluefin tuna, skates, and hoki. The sustainability program is in effect at all Supervalu banners, including Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.