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Feb 23 - VIDEO: New Bedford Fishing; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Ropeless Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Price


Feb 19 - China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year


Feb 14 - The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day


Feb 13 - Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days


Feb 9 - SEAFOOD: A Decline in Shipments from Canada Leads Lobster Imports Lower in 2017


Feb 6 - China Blocks Zhangzidao Brunei Shrimp, Thai Union Lobster, and Some Flounder Imports in December


Feb 5 - Petition Circulating in UK to Ban Boiling Lobsters Alive; Amazon in Hot Water Over Lobster Offer


Feb 1 - Quiznos to Offer Free Lobster and Seafood Sub for Loyalty Members Starting Valentine's Day


Jan 31 - The Maine Lobster Science Study May Help Conservation Management in Other Parts of the Country


Jan 31 - ASMFC Invites Submission of Data for Developing Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment


Jan 31 - Annie Tselikis, Maine Coast Marketing Manager, Moves to Job with Maine Lobster Dealer’s Association


Jan 30 - Lobsterfest Returns to Red Lobster With New Menu Items


Jan 24 - Maine Lobster Marketing Group Proud of State's Conservation Efforts


Jan 18 - Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017


Jan 17 - Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps


Jan 17 - Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.


Jan 16 - Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour


Jan 11 - Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales


Jan 9 - P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year


Jan 5 - Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls Begins Franchising


Jan 5 - Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh


Dec 29 - Whole Foods Lists Transparency As One Of The Top Food Trends For 2018


Dec 28 - Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named 'Best Of' 2017 By TopConsumerReviews.com


Dec 21 - Fears Raised that Insatiable Chinese Demand Could Wipe Out Bahamian Lobsters


Dec 20 - Nova Scotia Lobster Catch Likely Down about 10% This Month; Quality 'Marginal'


Dec 15 - Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush


Dec 12 - Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks


Dec 12 - Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest


Nov 30 - Ending Yet to be Written for Hema Fresh's Fairy Tale Rise in China


Nov 29 - PEI Lobster Harvesters in 26A Vote to Increase Carapace Size


Nov 28 - Thai Union Enters High Dining By Offering King Oscar Live Lobster at Morton's Restaurants


Nov 22 - Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season


Nov 20 - Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster


Nov 14 - Maine Lobster Harvesters: Don't Abandon Marketing Program Just When It is Needed (Editorial)


Nov 8 - Goulian’s Sales Rise in Both Chinese and Foreign Markets, Fueled by E-commerce Business


Nov 6 - Thai Union 3rd Qtr Highlights Shift from US Market, Lobster Sales to China, and High Skipjack Prices


Oct 25 - Maine Tourism Keeps Portland Lobsterman Busy During Summer Months


Oct 25 - California Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Near Islands Due to Domoic Acid


Oct 19 - Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers


Oct 18 - Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram


Oct 12 - Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters


Oct 10 - A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters


Oct 6 - Legend Holdings Attracts Much Attention While Making Inroads in Chinese Seafood Industry


Oct 2 - One Week into CETA Deal, Lobster Air Cargo Space in Halifax Impossible to Find; Boston will Lose Out


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VIDEO: New Bedford Fishing; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Ropeless Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

The latest SeafoodNews.com Weekly Recap Video features: New Bedford Fishing Update; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Need for Ropeless Lobster Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry's Foreign Trade Data. Visit the Urner Barry booth (#364) at Boston's Seafood Expo North America for your free demo.

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China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Country.crn] translated by Amy Zhong - February 19, 2018

With the increase of Chinese household incomes, imported seafood is no longer solely for the elites in China, as it has become more affordable to more consumers. During this Chinese New Year, seafood prices should drop at the same time there is an increase in the country’s domestic seafood.

Several factors account for the price increase of China's domestic seafood. First, there are fewer fishing vessels working, as many fishermen returned home to celebrate the holiday. Second, portions of the sea ...

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Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bosidata] translated by Amy Zhong - February 13, 2018

E-commerce companies have upped their game dramatically, concentrating on new retailing models within the past few years.

Alibaba is the forerunner in this field with its Hema Fresh stores bringing dramatic changes to the traditional models. Recently the group has opened its second Hema store in Shenzhen, also the 30th store in China. This new store can hold nearly 300 thousand consumers shopping inside.

Variety is also key to this store. It has various seafood items such as imported Boston lobsters, box ...

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China Blocks Zhangzidao Brunei Shrimp, Thai Union Lobster, and Some Flounder Imports in December

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [MP.Weixn] translated by Amy Zhong - February 6, 2018

On January 30, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released a list of foreign food it prevened from entering China in December 2017.

As many as 780 batches of food were kept out of China for reasons such as unsatisfactory quality, non-compliance with food safety laws, a lack of certificates and problems with labeling.

On this blacklist are Zhangzidao’s frozen blue shrimp from Brunei ...

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Quiznos to Offer Free Lobster and Seafood Sub for Loyalty Members Starting Valentine's Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 1, 2018

No Valentine’s Day plans? Quiznos has you covered with the launch of their free lobster sub.

The fast food sandwich shop is rewarding their loyal customers by giving them one free lobster & seafood sub in February. Beginning on Valentine’s Day, those enrolled in Quiznos’ Toasty Points loyalty app program will be eligible to receive one free, eight-inch sub from Quiznos’ lobster and seafood lineup. Options include:

The Lobster & Seafood Scampi Bake: A toasted sub with garlic-baked lobster and ...

 

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ASMFC Invites Submission of Data for Developing Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 31, 2018

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is looking for industry members to submit data for their benchmark stock assessment of American lobster.

ASMFC has initiated the stock assessment as a way to “evaluate the health of stocks along the U.S. Atlantic coast and inform management of the species.” The Commission is asking people who have data that will contribute to the goal of the assessment to submit it by April 13, 2018. They’re hoping to have the assessment completed ...

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Lobsterfest Returns to Red Lobster With New Menu Items

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 30, 2018

Lobsterfest is back at Red Lobster, and the chain restaurant is celebrating with four new lobster entrees.

Dinners who visit Red Lobster during this limited time dining event will be able to try the new Dueling Lobster Tails, a feast featuring a Maine lobster tail steamed with fresh herbs, tomatoes and lemon, as well as a second Maine lobster tail grilled and topped with shrimp, bay scallops and roasted red bell peppers in a rich sherry lobster cream. Also added to the menu for Lobsterfest is a ...

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Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sina] translated by Amy Zhong - January 18, 2018

According to Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai imported 52,900 batches of live seafood worth as much as USD $810 million in 2017. The two numbers are an increase of 9 percent and 19 percent, respectively, from 2016. The 2017 import value is close to seven times of that in 2010. These seafood imports mainly came from 42 countries and regions such as the United States, Philippines, New Zealand, England and Madagascar. There are 84 different species ...

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Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association isn’t supposed to hold their annual general meeting until February, but that hasn’t stopped one fisherman from sharing some exciting new stats about lobster in the area.

Francis Morrissey, the president of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association (WGFA), revealed during the group’s annual meeting earlier this week that the settlement survey conducted last summer found that lobster recruitment in the area was high.

“It was the highest recruitment that was ever recorded any place in ...

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Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 11, 2018

Matthew Tourkistas, son of Michael Tourkistas who founded East Coast Seafood, has joined Whitecap International Seafood Exporters.  "Matt brings tremendous experience with a background focusing on the North American Lobster and Scallop sectors," said Whitecap.

Whitecap announced Tourkistas’ appointment as Director of Sales on Monday. Tourkistas, who worked for East Coast Seafood for over six years in sales and new business development, will be working alongside Michael Riley, Whitecap Vice President of US Sales. Together the two will be expanding the company’s US customer base ...

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Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls Begins Franchising

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 5, 2018

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls is working to ensure that Maine lobster lovers can get an authentic lobster roll experience outside of the state. The fast-casual restaurant, which specializes in rolls and is designed as an "homage to the Maine culture and tradition," is branching out with their first two franchise locations.

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls opened their flagship shop in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2014. Shortly after they opened a second location in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Now their third and fourth locations in ...

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Whole Foods Lists Transparency As One Of The Top Food Trends For 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 29, 2017

Whole Foods Market is looking towards the future with 2017 coming to a close. The company is predicting that one of the top food trends for 2018 will be transparency -- and canned tuna consumers will be able to benefit from that come January.

The retailer confirmed that all canned tuna in their store will come from "sustainable one-by-one catch methods" in January. The decision stems from ...

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Fears Raised that Insatiable Chinese Demand Could Wipe Out Bahamian Lobsters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tribune 242] By KHRISNA RUSSELL - December 21, 2017

The Bahamas cannot supply its local spiny lobster market while simultaneously meeting the demand of a “nearly insatiable” Chinese export market, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Executive Director Eric Carey said yesterday, adding lobster numbers have declined over the years.

Mr Carey questioned what officials see as the maximum sustainable yield and insisted the government ensures this number is not more than the environment can sustain.

Last week, Agriculture and Marine ...

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Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sohu] translated by Amy Zhong - December 15, 2017

This has been a fantastic year for Canada regarding lobster export and its future is positive as well. According to Geoff Irvine from the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement effective on September 21 allows Canada to export lobsters to Europe at zero tariff. Meanwhile, the export to Asian countries, especially China, has grown rapidly. The export value to Asia has jumped from 211 million yuan in 2014 to 378 million yuan in 2016. The lobster prices are very competitive  ...

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Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 12, 2017

Canadian lobstermen are flooding a car dealership’s Facebook page with photos of lobster. Why? It’s Murray GM’s “2nd Annual Craziest Lobster Contest”!

Blue, iridescent, spotted and striped – unique lobsters caught by crew members are making the rounds online thanks to the contest, which awards the winner with $250 and the title of “Craziest Lobster” for the 2017/2018 season.

The rules to enter are pretty simple: Lobstermen post a ... 

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PEI Lobster Harvesters in 26A Vote to Increase Carapace Size

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - November 29, 2017

A vote taken by PEI lobster harvesters in area 26A, the Northumberland Strait, have voted to increase the minimum lobster size an additional 2 mm to a total of 74 mm by 2020.

The increase in minimum lobster size has been controversial in PEI, because some in the industry feared a loss of customers who wanted the smallest sizes ...

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The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - February 14, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch….It’s Valentine’s Day and Seafood helps share the love!

Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine’s Day dish to share with that special someone.

Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as ‘romantic meals’ on one of the busiest dining out days for U.S. restaurants. 

In a national survey by Harris Interactive, chefs called lobster an ‘exotic delicacy’  that results in an intimate moment because it is hand-held and ...

 

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SEAFOOD: A Decline in Shipments from Canada Leads Lobster Imports Lower in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Jim Kenny - February 9,2018

Imports of lobster products from Canada declined 8.1 percent in December and 4.5 percent in all of 2017. Live was down 7.6% for the month, but was up 1.5% for the year. In-Shell, which includes tails and whole cooked, was down 9.3% in December and 5.4% in 2017. Meat was down 15.4% for the month and 20.9% for the year.

Imports of cold water lobster tails are down 6.7 percent Jan-Dec.

Imports of warm water lobster tails fell 2.8 percent in the month of December, but the annual total was 15.2 percent higher. The rise in 2017 imports is largely attributable to the increase in shipments from the Bahamas and Brazil which were up 50.8 and 33.6 percent respectively.

All imports were 8.1 percent lower ...

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Petition Circulating in UK to Ban Boiling Lobsters Alive; Amazon in Hot Water Over Lobster Offer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - February 5, 2018

It may soon be illegal to boil lobsters alive in the UK.

Crustacean Compassion, an animal welfare organization based out of the UK, is looking to follow on the heels of Switzerland and convince government officials to ban the practice of boiling lobsters alive. The recent shift comes after a study found that lobsters could feel pain.

The organization has posted a petition to protect crabs and lobsters from pain under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 ...

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The Maine Lobster Science Study May Help Conserevation Management in Other Parts of the Country

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 31, 2018

There is no denying that Maine is proud of their lobster. The lobster industry in the state not only employs thousands of residents, but contributes more than $1 billion to the state’s economy every year. So, when a study conducted by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), the University of Maine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that conservation practices being used by the northern New England lobster industry have aided lobstermen in bringing in ...

 

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Annie Tselikis, Maine Coast Marketing Manager, Moves to Job with Maine Lobster Dealer’s Association

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 31, 2018

Maine Coast’s marketing manager Annie Tselikis is departing the company to join Maine Lobster Dealer’s Association (MLDA) full time as their Executive Director, a position she’s held part time for two years.

“We are sorry to see Annie leave Maine Coast,” Maine Coast founder and CEO Tom Adams said in a press release. “She has been a great asset for our company, but she is uniquely suited to support all of the lobster business and work for the collective benefit of ...

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Maine Lobster Marketing Group Proud of State's Conservation Efforts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 24, 2018

Following a recent study published by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), the University of Maine and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) highlighting Maine lobster industry's sustainability practices, Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) Executive Director Matt Jacobson says that the organization is continuing their conservation efforts as the ocean warms. 

“The Maine Lobster industry is incredibly proud to lead the way in this area, with sustainable fishing practices that have ...

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Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

Florida Keys commercial fishing captain Ricardo Hernandez was arrested last week after a two-years-long investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Hernandez, 53, is being accused of illegally dumping over 30 lobster traps along the reef.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hernandez was booked on January 11 for 31 felony counts for commercial dumping and an additional 33 felony counts for tampering with evidence ...

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Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - January 16, 2018

Carrefour, a retail titan, has adopted a new development strategy and continues to build on its upgrade started in 2015. It has spent much time and effort developing China’s e-commerce market and now its French oysters and Boston lobsters can be delivered to consumers within one hour.

According to Carrefour staff, its e-commerce platform is available to consumers in as many as 18 Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha and ...

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P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 9, 2018

Alan McIsaac, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries for Prince Edward Island, is thanking local fishermen for helping the economy. The P.E.I. lobster fishery brought in 36.4 million pounds in 2017, which comes out to approximately $226 million.

“You fellows are the ones that are making the economy go and helping us to balance the books,” McIsaac said, according to the Journal Pioneer.

And things are looking good for the lobster fishery this year thanks to experimental ...

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Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily] by Cheng Yu January 5, 2018

hema fresh king crab[The competition to lure upscale shoppers to stores with social experiences is driving a huge demand for live king crab and lobster in China.  With Alibaba committing to a rapid expansion, it means these stores will be adding to the demand for fresh and live imported seafood - JS]

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced on Wednesday the opening of another 30 Hema Xiansheng fresh food supermarkets throughout Beijing this year, as internet giants focus increasingly on the lucrative fresh-food retail sector.

The announcement came right before JD's first fresh food supermarket 7Fresh started its official operation on Thursday, an indication of the increasingly intense competition and rapid expansion of the two e-commerce giants.

With Hema opening in major commercial districts across Beijing...

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Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named 'Best Of' 2017 By TopConsumerReviews.com

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 28, 2017

TopConsumerReviews.com has released their "Best of" list for 2017 and Legal Seafoods and Lobster Gram are at the top.

For "Best Seafood Stores," Legal Seafoods ranked number one on the site, gaining five-stars from reviewers. The company topped Catalina Offshore, The Crab Place, Hancock Gourmet, Chesapeake Bay and Lobsters Online.

"For almost seven decades, they've brought the world's freshest lobster, oysters and more to delighted customers - often within a single day from the time ...

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Nova Scotia Lobster Catch Likely Down about 10% This Month; Quality 'Marginal'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  December 20, 2017

Some estimates are that lobster landings are down about 10% in LFA 33 and 34, Canada’s main lobster production zones, since the beginning of the season at the end of November.

The last week has seen cold weather, high winds, and little fishing.  At the same time, many fishermen are reported to be holding back part of their catch, in hopes of getting higher prices in a few weeks.

Stewart Lamont, of Tangier Lobster, says “The quality of the lobster is marginal by strict Canadian hard shell standards. About 35% of the inshore catch is soft to medium shell. About 50% of the offshore catch is this same category.  Protein levels are lower than we would like which indicates less than normal storage time, and less meat yield in terms of the dining experience. Simply put these are not really keeper lobsters but they are the best that Mother Nature has put on offer.”

Shore prices have come up from $5.50 to $5.75 to around $6.50 Canadian..

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Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 12, 2017

Lobster landings in Nova Scotia are about the same as last year, says fishermen in Shelburne County.

Weather delayed the season opening by a day, but lobstermen reportedly started off with a strong haul, with price at shore set at $5.75. However, Steven Atkinson, manager at Atksym Fisheries told the Shelburne County Coast Guard that full tides and a full moon “dropped the catches fairly quick” during the second week of ...

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Ending Yet to be Written for Hema Fresh's Fairy Tale Rise in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Winshang and Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - November 30, 2017

Hema Fresh is like a child born with silver spoon. With support from Alibaba, it has successfully seized great public attention and set a daunting standard for rivals. And its recent reports seem to show the public that it has lived up to their expectation. The annual revenue is 25 million yuan (~$3.8 million USD) in its Jinqiao store of Shanghai. The revenue per unit of store areas is 56,000 yuan, way higher than the industry average of ...

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