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Thai Union's award-winning product to debut in Europe seafood expo


Thai Union Group PCL's award-winning Yellowfin Tuna Slices will make its European debut at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, on April 24-26. Thai Union's Yellowfin Tuna Slices were declared a winner for "Best New Foodservice Product" at the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America held in Boston, Massachusetts, last month.


They are touted as the world's first pre-sliced, pre-seasoned tuna made from whole yellowfin tuna loins. Developed to give tuna-loving deli users a healthier, convenient alternative to traditional luncheon meats, they are perfect for upscale sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and cold-cut platters.


The new product - which was chosen the winner based on the uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality - will be on display and served at the Thai Union Europe booth (#5-541).


Additionally, Yellowfin Tuna Slices have been chosen as a finalist in the 2018 Seafood Excellence Global Awards at Seafood Expo Global. The winners of the competition will be announced at a special reception on April 24.


"For years, nutritionists have been encouraging the public to add more seafood into their diet, but foodservice has offered few new alternatives to the old beef, pork, chicken and turkey routine," said Scott Solar, Thai Union's group director of foodservice. "Thai Union's Yellowfin Tuna Slices are the first ready-to-eat tuna product that can compete in Europe's delis and restaurants."


"We're changing the classic deli experience forever by making sliced tuna a ready-to-eat option that adds the Omega-3 and health benefits to sandwiches, salads and anywhere else you need an alternative to sliced turkey, ham and roast beef."


Two initial flavor varieties will be offered, Black Pepper and Cajun, each without preservatives or artificial ingredients.


Yellowfin Tuna Slices are expected to receive Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the industry's most exclusive sustainability designation.




Nordic Aquafarms inks partnership with Aqua Advance


Nordic Aquafarms and Inter Aqua Advance have entered into a long-term strategic agreement to develop, design and deliver large RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) facilities in Norway and the US.


Construction for a new smolt facility in Fredrikstad is planned to start this year and another one in the US in mid-2019. Development of new grow-out expansion is also moving ahead. A 4,200-tonne-per-year grow-out expansion in Fredrikstad is planned to start end of this year, while construction of grow-out modules for 13,000 tonne/year in the US is expected to start in the second half of 2019.


CEO Erik Heim in Nordic Aquafarms said, "We have chosen Inter Aqua Advance as our main RAS partner based on a good collaboration experience and quality work since 2017. Nordic Aquafarms has developed strong in-house capabilities and a new generation of designs, and we have therefore been focused on partnering with a competitive RAS partner that can meet our needs in the coming years. We have found a very professional RAS partner in Inter Aqua Advance."


Mikael Sivertsen CEO in Inter Aqua Advance says, "We are happy to work with Nordic Aquafarms in developing designs, but also to contribute with our international experience based on many years' experience in this market. We are already expanding our organization to be able to deliver to Nordic Aquafarms and our other customers in the coming years. The industry is in rapid development and we see a great potential to put our more than 40-year's experience to work in the market."




Scottish Sea Farms employee winner of Lantra Scotland Award  


A Scottish Sea Farms employee has been named Aquaculture Learner of the Year at the Lantra Scotland Awards 2018. Lantra is an awarding organisation that develops training courses, qualifications and apprenticeships for the land-based and environmental sector.


Alan Tangny, who is based on the Isle of Mull and is undertaking a modern apprenticeship in aquaculture through Inverness College UHI, was nominated for the exceptional commitment he has shown both to his on-site and SVQ (Scottish vocational qualifications) work.


The 30-year old father of four came to salmon farming in his late twenties with no previous knowledge of the sector. "I left school at 16, went straight to university then left again after two weeks. It just wasn't for me. So, I took a job as a waiter and worked my way up to chef, but once my children came along I was looking for something with more family-friendly hours", he said.


Tangny applied with Scottish Sea Farms for husbandry training and, upon acceptace, was enrolled in Modern Apprenticeship. Three years on, he was not only successfully completed his Level 2 training, but he was recently promoted to a senior husbandry position with the company.


Martin Sampson, Inverness College UHI lecturer and SVQ assessor said: "Alan is a great example of how a person can achieve their life goals by embracing the opportunities for advancement opened up by learning and running with it. He has approached the SVQ learning process with the same enthusiasm and ability that he applies to his job. His work in the SVQ has been exemplary, and his rapid progression and achievement in his workplace parallels and is testament to this."




Bristol Seafood to invest $5 million for facility expansion



Bristol Seafood, in partnership with the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), will invest nearly $5 million in its Portland, Maine, processing facility over the next three years. The investment is made possible through a grant of over $740,000 from the Maine Technology Asset Fund, with the company funding the balance.


New projects undertaken with this investment include added capabilities to its processing facility, which provides critical and necessary infrastructure to the Portland Fish Pier.


"We are proud to partner with MTI. Through this grant and our substantial investment, we will bring seafood products made to our uncompromising Maine standards to more consumers, create quality jobs for Mainers, and bring new processing technologies and capabilities to the local waterfront," said Peter Handy, president and CEO Bristol, which is the first to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters.


Bill Needelman, Waterfront Coordinator for the City of Portland noted, "For nearly three decades, Bristol Seafood has been an anchor of the seafood industry on the Portland Fish Pier. With this investment, we look forward to the next thirty years."




Russian Fishery Co. joins GSSI global partnership



The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative has announced that Russian Fishery Co. (RFC), Russia's largest pollock harvester, has joined the GSSI Global Partnership as a funding partner.


"For GSSI to truly provide an international, multi-stakeholder platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange in seafood sustainability, it is imperative that we have global representation in our partnership. We are very pleased to have Russian Fishery join GSSI and strengthen Russia's representation in the partnership." said Herman Wisse, managing director of GSSI, a partnership of seafood companies, NGOs, experts, and governmental and intergovernmental organisations.


For his part, RFC CEO Andrey Teterkin said, "The Russian Fishery Company is proud to become a member of Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative family. As a global player, RFC believes that joint efforts among seafood companies can ensure that responsible and sustainable fishing be the only way of doing business in the seafood industry".


"GSSI recognition of transparent and credible certification schemes allows all companies to deliver high quality seafood to the consumers", he added.


RFC is one of the largest Russian producers of wild white fish. It ranks first in Russia and third in the world for pollock harvesting.

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