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Jan 24 - Tijuana Flats Officially Adds Shrimp To The Menu After Testing Seafood At Select Locations


Jan 20 - Cooke-owned Wanchese Fish Company Debuts New Shrimp Trawler in Argentina


Jan 18 - Staple Brands Handy Seafood, OLD BAY Launch Crab Cake, Breaded Shrimp Products


Jan 10 - NOAA Report: November Shrimp Landings Remain Notably Below Historical Average Despite Uptick in 2021


Jan 7 - FDA Refused 75 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in 2021


Jan 7 - ANALYSIS: November Shrimp Imports On-Trend by Significantly Outpacing Last Year


Jan 5 - First Fair Trade Certified Shrimp From Indonesia Launches


Jan 4 - NaturalShrimp Plans Big Expansion in 2022


Jan 3 - Shiok Meats Plans on Launching Their Cell-Based Shrimp in 18 Months


Jan 3 - Fortune International Completes Acquisition of Ocean Harvest Wholesale


Dec 23 - Georgia Shrimp Season to Close on December 31 Due to Shrimp Size


Dec 23 - ANALYSIS: Mekong Delta Shrimp Factories Under Pressure


Dec 22 - Japan’s November Import Value Up 30%, Volume 6.4%


Dec 20 - REPORTER: U.S. Shrimp Imports in Position to Set Another Record


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 17 - Russian Fishermen Eye Increase of Shrimp Catch in Far East in Years to Come


Dec 16 - Del Pacifico Seafoods Nets Friend of the Sea Certification for Wild Caught Blue Mexican Shrimp


Dec 16 - ANALYSIS: Norway’s Seafood Exports to the UK Receive Pre-Christmas Trade Boost


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


Dec 14 - White Shrimp See a Bettering Market in China


Dec 13 - PODCAST: Ocean Shipping Reform Act; Trident's C/P Acquisition; Import Figures and More


Dec 9 - ANALYSIS: European Shrimp Imports Driven by Retail Demand


Dec 7 - FDA Has Refused 73 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp So Far This Year


Nov 30 - Gorton’s Brings Value-Sized Butterfly Shrimp To Kroger Ahead of the Holidays


Nov 30 - Department of Commerce Unveils Final Results of Antidumping Duty Review for Frozen Shrimp from India


Nov 29 - NaturalShrimp, GSI Complete First Commercial Deliveries of Live Shrimp


Nov 29 - VASEP: Shrimp Exports Up Through 10 Months as Shipments to US Rise, Restrictions Ease


Nov 29 - Beijing Strengthens Seafood Market Supervision


Nov 9 - Study Shows Calysta’s FeedKind Shrimp Feed Improves Early Mortality Syndrome Risk


Nov 8 - NOAA Issues Temporary Rule For Louisiana Shrimpers


Nov 8 - PODCAST: September Shrimp Imports, Tilapia Market Update, Premium Brands' Acquisitions and More


Nov 5 - ANALYSIS: September Shrimp Imports Indicate First Year-Over-Year Decline Since November 2020


Nov 4 - Sri Lanka Shrimp Producer Becomes First In Country to Land Three-Star BAP Status


Nov 4 - ANALYSIS: Argentina's Shrimp Exports up 40% in September


Nov 3 - Pair of Shrimp Product Recalls Announced in Canada, Gulf Coast of U.S.


Nov 1 - Imported Seafood Gradually Wins Over Foodies in China Again


Oct 28 - Land-based Shrimp Farming Solution Company ECOshrimp to Present at VIV MEA 2021


Oct 28 - NaturalShrimp Appoints Veterinarian Christine Huynh to Lead Natural Aquatic Systems Subsidiary


Oct 21 - RAS Farmer NaturalShrimp Signs Deal with Distributor Gulf Seafood for 25,000 Pounds of Shrimp


Oct 20 - Mexico Receives Green Light to Export Wild Shrimp Into United States


Oct 19 - Red Lobster’s Ultimate Endless Shrimp Promo Available All Week


Oct 19 - China's White Shrimp Prices Dip as Shopping Season Comes to an End


Oct 12 - Although China Shuts Door on Some White Shrimp Imports, Demand Remains Strong


Sep 30 - USDA Makes Pacific Seafood Purchases; Bornstein, Dulcich, Ocean Gold Net Contracts


Sep 30 - USDA Announces Purchase of Domestic Wild Shrimp Worth $24.8 Million


Sep 23 - CDC Ends Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen, Cooked Shrimp for Second Time


Sep 23 - Majority of China’s Shrimp Markets Reviving, Some Still Battling COVID-19 Impacts


Sep 17 - Future Looks Bright for Ecuadorian Shrimp in China


Sep 15 - July Domestic Shrimp Landings Lowest Since 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


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Tijuana Flats Officially Adds Shrimp To The Menu After Testing Seafood At Select Locations

Shrimp is the most popular seafood item in America … and Tijuana Flats is taking note! The Tex-Mex chain, which has over 135 locations throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana, has officially added shrimp to their menu.

“We’ve been testing shrimp on our menu at select locations for several months,” Executive Chef Joel Reynders told QSR Magazine. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are confident that this product launch will be a guest favorite for years to come.”

The restaurant chain currently...

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Cooke-owned Wanchese Fish Company Debuts New Shrimp Trawler in Argentina

Wanchese Fish Company, a division of Cooke Seafood USA has launched its newest shrimp trawler, F/V Destiny for operations in southern Argentine waters for the 2022 season.

The vessel was built by the Astilleros Armon shipyard in Spain, at a value of $15 million CAD. Cooke noted its newest addition will be the newest and most modern in the Argentine shrimp industry.

The Destiny is .93 meters in total length and 11.10 meters in total width and has a maximum deadweight tonnage of 885. It features the...

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NOAA Report: November Shrimp Landings Remain Notably Below Historical Average Despite Uptick in 2021

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) shared preliminary shrimp landings from the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center for the month of November 2021.

In November, NOAA reported that 6.7 million pounds of shrimp was landed in the Gulf of Mexico, slightly higher than the 6.6 million pounds and 6.1 million pounds caught in November 2020 and November 2019, respectively.

Still, November 2021 came in at the third-lowest mark in history for the region in the...

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ANALYSIS: November Shrimp Imports On-Trend by Significantly Outpacing Last Year

November shrimp imports were released yesterday and show a 17.1 percent increase over this month last year. The 173.6 million pounds this month led year-to-date numbers above all of 2020. The latest figures show 1.776 billion pounds imported through November, up 18.5 percent from last year.

The U.S. top five trade partners show no surprises, and all shipped more than last year at this time. India (+24.5%) remained the top partner...

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NaturalShrimp Plans Big Expansion in 2022

NaturalShrimp is only getting bigger and better in the new year. The biotechnology aquaculture company announced this week that they are expanding production at their existing Texas and Iowa shrimp production facilities, with plans for new facilities in Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. The expansion plans come a little over a month after NaturalShrimp and Gulf Seafood Inc. (GSI) completed their first commercial deliveries of live shrimp to customers.

During 2021 we evaluated strategic new facility locations in the U.S. in key markets to build additional capacity,” explained NaturalShrimp CEO Gerald Easterling...

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Fortune International Completes Acquisition of Ocean Harvest Wholesale

Fortune International ended 2021 with the completion of their acquisition of Ocean Harvest Wholesale.

Ocean Harvest Wholesale Inc. was established in 1992 by Eric Tran. The company, which is a wholesaler, importer, marketer, distributor and processor of fresh and frozen seafood products, has a 70,000 square foot distribution center in Houston, Texas, as well as a shrimp processing plant in Delcambre, Louisiana. The Louisiana plant has direct access to the Delcambre canal, allowing direct purchases from the boats, unloading of the shrimp, processing, packaging and storage...

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ANALYSIS: Mekong Delta Shrimp Factories Under Pressure

Shrimp farmgate quotations across Vietnam remained somewhat steady during week 50, with major retailers across the U.S., Europe and Asia well stocked for the holiday period.  

While a steady undertone is noted on raw material and freight costs, market optimism remains subdued amid lackluster export demand and elevated uncertainty, a consequence of rising Omicron cases across the globe.

Given the current situation of COVID in the Mekong Delta, many factories will continue to face challenges going into next year.

"The Covid situation remains a major obstacle for...

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REPORTER: U.S. Shrimp Imports in Position to Set Another Record

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

U.S. shrimp imports have set records in each of the last seven years, and the pace through September suggests 2021 will be the eighth straight record-setter. Between 2013 and 2020, imports of shrimp into the U.S. have grown 48%, or 534 million pounds, to reach 1.65 billion pounds.

We now have three quarters of import data, and here’s how it breaks down…

September shrimp imports reflected the first year-over-year decline since...

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Russian Fishermen Eye Increase of Shrimp Catch in Far East in Years to Come 

Leading Russian fishermen have called on the national government to expand the list of investment quotas distributed among domestic producers with Far Eastern shrimps, as well as to speed up new auctions for crab quotas.  

The latest proposals were sent to the Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev by representatives of the Russian Association of Fishing Fleet Shipowners (ASRF), which unites some leading domestic fish producers and processors, such as RRPK 

According to the Russian Kommersant business paper...

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ANALYSIS: Norway’s Seafood Exports to the UK Receive Pre-Christmas Trade Boost  

While chaotic market conditions continue to hinder seafood trade across the globe, a new deal between the UK and Norway has slashed red tape, reduced unnecessary paperwork, and brought opportunities for seafood traders on both sides of the agreement. 

Effective from December 1, the long-awaited free trade deal between the UK and Norway will facilitate key seafood exports such as salmon, haddock, and cod, as well as Coldwater shrimp to the UK market. 

According to the free trade agreement...

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White Shrimp See a Bettering Market in China

During early December farm gate prices of white shrimp increased in the Chinese market compared with late November. According to statistics from Fishfirst, on December 4 the increase ranged between 0.5 to 2 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) in Guangdong, and prices of those weighing at 40 shrimp/jin jumped by around 1 to 2 yuan/jin to about 21 to 22 yuan/jin in Taishan of Guangdong.

Similar-sized ones enjoyed an increase of 2 yuan/jin to 23 yuan/jin in Guangxi, and prices of most shrimp increased...

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ANALYSIS: European Shrimp Imports Driven by Retail Demand 

The European shrimp market continues to be met with major challenges, with recent restrictions particularly across Northern Europe dampening foodservice orders.  

While the introduction of pre-departure COVID tests and health passes continue to weigh on tourism and restaurant trade, European retail orders for shrimp continue to drive import volumes.  

European nations (EU and Non-EU members) imported a total of €3.24bn frozen shrimp (HS 030617) in the first nine months of the year, 17.43% higher than import values over the same period in 2020 and representing...

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Gorton’s Brings Value-Sized Butterfly Shrimp To Kroger Ahead of the Holidays

Gorton’s Seafood is trying to make life a little easier for seafood lovers who shop at Kroger’s. The company announced this week that they will now be offering their value-sized Butterfly Shrimp product at the grocery retailer for a limited time.

According to the company, the introduction of the limited time offer comes at a time when consumers are looking for “minimal prep freezer staples during the busy holiday season.” Gorton’s boasts that their value pack will allow consumers...

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NaturalShrimp, GSI Complete First Commercial Deliveries of Live Shrimp

NaturalShrimp and Gulf Seafood Inc. (GSI) confirmed last week that they have completed their first commercial deliveries of live shrimp to customers.

As SeafoodNews previously reported in October, the RAS shrimp farmer signed an agreement with GSI, a distributor in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, region, for a three-month trial and delivery of 25,000 pounds of live shrimp. 

"This agreement is a major milestone in the commercialization of our land-based gourmet-grade shrimp and the commencement of weekly production at our shrimp facilities...

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Beijing Strengthens Seafood Market Supervision

In mid-November, market supervision officials of Beijing Dongcheng District inspected local markets, according to BJNews.com. During the inspection, they found a lack of traceability codes among five kinds of seafood, which are imported basa, cod, salmon, white and red shrimps. So, the bureau decided to further strengthen supervision of these seafood items through both online and offline channels.

It is said that the officials have searched such seafood on virtual takeout platforms, located relevant physical booths and cold stores, and then examined them on the spot. After the operation...

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NOAA Issues Temporary Rule For Louisiana Shrimpers

Louisiana shrimp fishers in specific state waters are temporarily allowed to use tow times as an alternative to Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). The announcement was made by NOAA Fisheries on Friday after an investigation determined that debris from Hurricane Ida is impeding the ability of fishermen to use TEDs effectively.

Hurricane Ida, a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, hit Louisiana late August and early September. The hurricane brought 150 mph wind with it, becoming the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana...

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Staple Brands Handy Seafood, OLD BAY Launch Crab Cake, Breaded Shrimp Products

Handy Seafood, the oldest seafood processor in North America and OLD BAY have teamed up to create new frozen seafood grocery options including crab cakes and breaded shrimp.

The two staple brands in the U.S. debuted the Handy Seafood’s OLD BAY® Crab Cake and Handy Seafood’s OLD BAY® Breaded Shrimp on January 18.

The new crab cake product features wild-caught blue swimming crab from fresh crabs and OLD BAY seasoning that adds a rich, time-honored Maryland style flavor to these hand-crafted cakes....

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FDA Refused 75 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in 2021

December data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in, and according to the government agency, a total of 75 entry lines of antibiotic-contaminated shrimp was refused in 2021.

For the last two months of the year, the two shrimp entry lines refused were from Hong Kong and Malaysia. On November 26 the Division of West Coast Imports refused one entry line of shrimp from Lee Fung Marine Products Trading of Hong Kong because it was contaminated with veterinary drug residues and an unsafe additive... 

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First Fair Trade Certified Shrimp From Indonesia Launches 

Blueyou and Fair Trade USA announced on Wednesday that they are launching the first Fair Trade Certified aquaculture product from Indonesia: shrimp.

Blueyou Group is a global group of companies founded in Switzerland in 2004. The company is active in harvesting, manufacturing and commercialization of sustainable seafood, with a focus on community-based, coastal fisheries, and the small-scale aquaculture sector. They are an exclusive market access partner for the distribution of the Fair Trade Certified shrimp products.

The shrimp are sourced from farming areas that are certified using the...

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Shiok Meats Plans on Launching Their Cell-Based Shrimp in 18 Months

Exciting things are coming for Shiok Meats. We’re only a couple days into the new year, but the cell-based seafood company is already planning on a big 2023. CEO Sandhya Sriram recently spoke with Bloomberg and revealed that the Singapore-based company is hoping to launch their flagship cell-based shrimp in 18 months … for about S$50 or US$37 for a kilogram.

While the price seems very steep for shrimp, it’s actually pretty impressive considering that 1 kg...

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Georgia Shrimp Season to Close on December 31 Due to Smaller Shrimp Size 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Coastal Resources Division announced the 2021 commercial and recreational food shrimp season will close as prescribed by state law at 6:30 p.m. on December 31.

The closure impacts Georgia’s territorial waters, which extend three nautical miles out to sea and includes the use of trawls, cast nets, seines and all other types of fishing gear.

Georgia also noted that federally managed waters from three to 200 nautical miles offshore will remain open for shrimping. Bait shrimping remains open in approved harvest areas...

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Japan’s November Import Value Up 30%, Volume 6.4%

According to the November preliminary trade report released by the Ministry of Finance on December 16, the import volume of fish and shellfish (excluding non-edible marine products) increased for the first time in two months. The import value also showed the highest increase this year. Cumulative volume from January to November slightly exceeded the same period of the previous year. It seems that the recovery in the latter half will contribute and somehow maintain the same level as the last year, Suisan Keizai reported...

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...

 

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Del Pacifico Seafoods Nets Friend of the Sea Certification for Wild Caught Blue Mexican Shrimp

Del Pacifico Seafoods landed Friend of the Sea Certification recognizing the company’s sustainable fishing method that respects and protects the marine environment.

Friend of the Sea noted that Del Pacifico is the only fair trade certified wild-caught Mexican shrimp and are the product is fished from small boats known as Pangas powered only by the wind and the tide, rather than the industry-standard trawler.

In 2016, Del Pacifico Seafood became the first shrimp company in the world to receive Fair Trade Certification...

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China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

China’s Ministry of Finance revealed this week that beginning January 1, 2022 they will be adjusting import and export tariffs of certain commodities. 

The Office of the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said that the temporary adjustment of import tariffs is to “meet the needs of the people for a better life, conform to the consumption upgrade trend, and create a strong atmosphere for the Beijing Winter Olympics.” 

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4 and run through February 20...

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PODCAST: Ocean Shipping Reform Act; Trident's C/P Acquisition; Import Figures and More

This week on the SeafoodNews Podcast...find out the latest import figures for king crab and shrimp. Plus, learn about the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and Trident's acquisition of 300-foot catcher/processor Starbound from Aleutian Spray Fisheries.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry's COMTELL. Urner Barry recently launched a brand new quotation series on Peruvian scallops that can be accessed through COMTELL. The addition of this quotation series further expands...

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FDA Has Refused 73 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp So Far This Year

With only one month to go until the end of the year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far refused a total of 73 entry lines of antibiotic contaminated shrimp. 

FDA refusals of shrimp entry lines for veterinary drug residues hit a whopping 404 in 2015. However, since then it’s been on a decline, with the number dropping to 134 in 2016, 55 in 2017 and 53 in 2018. That number slightly jumped in 2019 to 61 refusals, but then dropped...

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Department of Commerce Unveils Final Results of Antidumping Duty Review for Frozen Shrimp from India

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the final results for the 15th administrative review of the antidumping duty of frozen shrimp from India.

Commerce determined that producers and exporters of certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India made sales at “less than normal value during the period of review (POR) February 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020,” per a notice in the Federal Register.

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) explained that after the Department’s investigation of U.S. sales made by two companies...

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VASEP: Shrimp Exports Up Through 10 Months as Shipments to US Rise, Restrictions Ease

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reported that Vietnam’s shrimp exports have risen 2.6%, to US$3.2 billion through the first 10 months of the year.

VASEP noted a sharp rise in shipments to the United States. The US accounted for 24% of exports, rising 25% to just shy of $1.7 billion. For the year, Vietnam is eyeing $4 billion in total shrimp exports for 2021.

A look at other countries saw the EU accounting for...

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Study Shows Calysta’s FeedKind Shrimp Feed Improves Early Mortality Syndrome Risk

Biotech firm Calysta said a recent study found that its FeedKind protein can help reduce the risk of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) among shrimp if introduced into diets.

The company said the research by Kasetsart University has shown a significant improvement in shrimp immune response to the disease. Calysta said survival rates were up to 100% after 15 days exposure, compared to 76.7% of shrimp fed with a traditional fishmeal diet.

FeedKind protein is a family of natural, sustainable and traceable feed ingredients for fish, livestock and pets...

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