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May 17 - China Says No to Australian Lobsters


May 17 - Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021


May 7 - VIDEO: Mexican Shrimp Ban; China Buying Pressure; Call for Biden to Revoke EO; Mother’s Day Spending


May 7 - Lobster Holds Prominent Place at Hard Rock Cafe During Mother’s Day


May 7 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Higher Than Normal Ahead of Mother's Day


May 5 - Maine Senator Asks USTR to Put Pressure on China; Buy More U.S. Lobster


May 4 - Maine Seafood Launches First Ever DIY Mother’s Day Gift Box


May 3 - Positive Growth Ahead for Premium Seafood


Apr 30 - Cruise Lines Could Potentially Set Sail Again By Mid-July


Apr 30 - VIDEO: Snow Crab Closures; BlueNalu Seafood in Asia; Q1 Shrimp Landings; Surf’N Turf Sandwich


Apr 28 - Maine Lobster Under Attack By Georgia Nonprofit Organization


Apr 27 - Slapfish Collaborates With Nathan’s Famous, Pat LaFrieda to Create Limited Time Surf’N Turf Sandwich


Apr 21 - Quiznos Brings Back LTO Lobster Subs to Canada Locations


Apr 20 - Alliance Rubber Company Launches Lobster and Oyster Banding Machine


Apr 20 - MLMC Partners With The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel To Create the Ultimate Maine Lobster Experience


Apr 19 - PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More


Apr 16 - VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches


Apr 15 - ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory


Apr 12 - Cultured Decadence Raises $1.6 Million as it Eyes Cell-Cultured Lobster Development


Apr 8 - Premiumization of High Value Seafood


Mar 29 - PODCAST: Maine Lobster Value; The Great Red Snapper Count; Executive Appointments and More


Mar 25 - Maine Lobster Fishery Landed Value For 2020 Exceeds $400 Million


Mar 22 - SeaPak Introduces New Lobster And Shrimp Bites; Announces ‘SeaKicks’ Sneaker Giveaway


Mar 3 - Abalone Wows Onlookers with Recent Performance in Chinese Market


Feb 26 - Maine Delegation Makes Plea to Biden to Protect Lobstermen from Proposed Right Whale Rules


Feb 23 - Maine Gov. Janet Mills Warns Draft Right Whale Biological Opinion Will be Devastating For Lobstermen


Feb 23 - ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Firm as Industry Faces Supply Shortage


Feb 19 - VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes


Feb 12 - VIDEO: Valentine’s Spending Decline; Retail Saves Lobster; Salmon Struggling; EU Shrimp Subdued


Feb 12 - Valentine’s Day: Retail Demand a “Life Saver” for Lobster Market, But Not So Much For Others


Jan 29 - VIDEO: Alaska Plant COVID Update; Chile Plants Reopen; Clearwater Deal; Lobster Exports to China


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China Says No to Australian Lobsters

On May 6, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced that they will indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue. This is another significant action that China has taken after it banned lobster imports from Australia in November 2020, and it is believed to exert great influence on the Australian lobster industry and also some others.

China used to be among Australia’s largest importers, and the bilateral free trade agreement signed in 2015 once boosted the two countries’ trade to great extents...

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Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021

Seafood loomed large at the Specialty Food Association Awards 2021 with sofi™ Product of the Year going to Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company and New Product of the Year to Regal New Zealand King Salmon Company on May 11.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster’s Maine Shore Dinner for 2 won in the Product of the Year, and in new category New Product of the Year, Regal New Zealand King Salmon’s Manuka Wood Roasted Salmon took highest honors.

SFA members submitted nearly 1,500 products in about 50 categories for judging by...

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Lobster Holds Prominent Place at Hard Rock Cafe During Mother’s Day

The Hard Rock Cafe will feature plenty of lobster in its limited-time menu offerings to celebrate Mother’s Day from May 6-9.

Featured on the menu will be Lobster Flatbread, a dish featuring sweet lobster with mozzarella cheese, red bell peppers and green onions, finished with a creamy spicy aioli.

Alongside the flatbread, guests can opt for the Lobster Cobb Salad with sweet lobster pieces, avocado, roasted corn, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, tomatoes and crispy chickpeas on a bed of fresh mixed greens tossed in a creamy...

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Maine Senator Asks USTR to Put Pressure on China; Buy More U.S. Lobster

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has asked U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to turn the pressure up on China and get the country to buy more lobster from the U.S.

Senator Collins asked USTR Tai during a Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on April 28, "What steps [are you] planning to take to ensure that China lives up to its promise and its purchase agreements that it made in the phase one agreement?"

Tai assured Collins that China living up to its promises made...

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Positive Growth Ahead for Premium Seafood

The U.S. gross domestic product grew at a 6.4% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the first quarter extending what is a consumer-driven recovery as the pandemic wanes. 

Household income rose 21.1% in March mainly due to the stimulus checks as reported by the WSJ. While  savings were up 27.6% personal consumption advanced at a 10.7% pace. There are two ongoing economies: a goods economy that is increasing quickly and the service sector which is still facing social distancing and restrictions on capacities at stores, restaurants, and sporting events...

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VIDEO: Snow Crab Closures; BlueNalu Seafood in Asia; Q1 Shrimp Landings; Surf’N Turf Sandwich

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the first grid closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence less than a month into the snow crab season. Plus, learn about BlueNalu's MOU with Thai Union and Mitsubishi Corporation; Gulf of Mexico Q1 shrimp landings; and the mouthwatering new Surf'N Turf Sandwich at Nathan's Famous and SlapFish's flagship locations. 

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting...

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Slapfish Collaborates With Nathan’s Famous, Pat LaFrieda to Create Limited Time Surf’N Turf Sandwich

Nathan’s Famous may bring back food court memories of hot dogs and crinkle fries, but in 2019 the fast casual chain revamped their menu with the help of James Beard Award winner Mark Miller. Miller introduced a new menu, full of items like fresh Angus beef burgers and hand-dipped chicken, to give Nathan’s Famous a “unique identity.” And now a few years later they’re continuing to introduce unique items thanks to a limited time collaboration with popular California fast-casual chain Slapfish...

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Alliance Rubber Company Launches Lobster and Oyster Banding Machine

Alliance Rubber Company announced the launch of its first fully-tested and approved Seafood Banding Machine for lobsters and oysters.

The company said the new banding machine “provides consistent application speeds which, in turn, significantly increases the amount of seafood sent to market.” Alliance sees the new machine as a way to limit the wear and tear for crew members who are manually banding seafood during processing.

Alliance highlighted the 2019 iteration of the machine and during testing, the company said many users did not want to return the test product...

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PODCAST: Frozen Lobster, Tilapia, Argentine Red Shrimp Market Updates and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the frozen lobster product market; the tilapia market; the Argentine red shrimp market; and much more.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Insights, available on the Comtell Platform. If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over the last year — and what we’re still contending with — the task of managing supply chains has become more challenging than ever...

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ANALYSIS: Frozen Lobster Products Ascend into Record-High Territory

The market for frozen lobster products has been thrusted into record-high territory given a somewhat unexpected level of demand and a short supply situation that has developed without the benefit of meaningful replacement. 

In 2020, in-and-around the height of the pandemic and coinciding with new season production, frozen lobster tail values fell roughly 25 percent. The levels were now attractive to retailers who gravitated to products that replicated the restaurant experience. This buying resulted in a warm water...

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Premiumization of High Value Seafood

There is a new word that is trending that appropriately describes king and snow crab today. It is “Premiumization”, or customers recognizing a higher value for a product and paying a higher price. Premium seafood like crab and lobster this past year were perceived as being affordable as compared to what one would have paid in a Seafood Restaurant.  Because of the Pandemic and so many restaurants closed, people learned how to cook and enjoy at home the seafood that they used to consume at restaurants.

The premiumization on high value items has...

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Maine Lobster Fishery Landed Value For 2020 Exceeds $400 Million

Despite a pandemic and the unexpected market losses associated with it, Maine fishermen — specifically lobstermen — had a pretty good year. 

According to the state’s Department of Marine Resources, Maine fishermen brought in $516,796,614 for their catch in 2020 — the ninth highest ex-vessel value on record. Maine’s lobster fishery accounted for most of that overall landed value at $405,983,832. This was only the seventh time in the history of the fishery that the landed value exceeded $400 million...

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Abalone Wows Onlookers with Recent Performance in Chinese Market

This Chinese New Year may be among the most brutal shopping seasons for some imported seafood, which have either been kept out of the Asian market or are waiting for Chinese consumers to regain confidence in them. However, there are several dark horses which have come to the spotlight during the country’s largest shopping carnival, and Australian abalones is one of them.

Under the influence of stricter customs clearance and fewer flights, Australian lobsters are said to have encountered great challenges on their way to China. But its peer, abalones, seemingly have better luck in the Asian market. One main reason for this new popularity is their lower prices, while another one is changes to the consumers lifestyle in the age of coronavirus.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills Warns Draft Right Whale Biological Opinion Will be Devastating For Lobstermen

Maine’s Governor Janet Mills is speaking out on the North Atlantic right whale draft Biological Opinion. The Maine Department of Marine Resources filed comments with NOAA late last week regarding the draft Biological Opinion for 10 fishery management plans in the Greater Atlantic Region, focusing on the North Atlantic Right Whale. Governor Mills’ “grave” concerns were outlined in a cover letter included with the DMR’s comments.

One of the issues regarding the draft Biological Opinion is that it calls for a...

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VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione take a look at QSR and fast casual offerings for Lent. Find out what's been added to the menus at White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes.

This episode was brought to you by Urner Barry's new Insights offering, which is coming this March. This largely digital offering will allow subscribers to read, watch and listen to impactful market content in a new way like never before...

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Valentine’s Day: Retail Demand a “Life Saver” for Lobster Market, But Not So Much For Others

It’s been a tough year for restaurants who have been dealt devastating blow after devastating blow by the coronavirus pandemic. And unfortunately they won’t see much relief this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

As SeafoodNews reported last year, the percent of people spending money on an evening out for Valentine’s Day has been on a slow decline since 2016. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), just 24% of people surveyed say that they will celebrate Valentine’s Day with...

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VIDEO: Mexican Shrimp Ban; China Buying Pressure; Call for Biden to Revoke EO; Mother’s Day Spending

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the U.S. banning wild shrimp imports from Mexico; U.S. Senator Susan Collins requesting that the USTR turn the pressure up on China; PETA's call for Biden to revoke the Executive Order Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth; and Mother's Day spending.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Higher Than Normal Ahead of Mother's Day

The current landscape for the live lobster market looks a lot different than it did a year ago. This time last year, the Canadian spring season was getting underway amid a depressed market. Closed overseas markets, lockdowns, and safety restrictions gave pause to market participants. The uncertainty surrounding the level of demand from the foodservice sector curtailed the amount of product that was landed and processed in the spring. The 2020 Canadian spring shore price by mid-May was in...

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Maine Seafood Launches First Ever DIY Mother’s Day Gift Box

Maine once again wants you to swap out chocolates for seafood.

This year for Mother’s Day, Maine Seafood, a new, unified brand created to help support Maine’s seafood industry, is launching their first-ever DIY Mother’s Day gift Box.

“Nothing says ‘I love you, Mom’ more than delicious Maine seafood,” the Maine Seafood website boasts. “Your mom deserves the whole ocean this Mother’s Day. So why not swap out that box of chocolates for something more premium? A delicious sea-lection of Maine seafood.”

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Cruise Lines Could Potentially Set Sail Again By Mid-July

Cruises could be back in action this July, which is not only good news for the cruise line industry, but for the entire protein industry as well.

The cruise line industry took a beating a little over a year ago when the coronavirus pandemic hit. While people on land began to stockpile toilet paper and bunker down in their homes, those who were at sea when the virus began to spread became stranded on the water or faced restrictions at ports. On March 14 the...

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Maine Lobster Under Attack By Georgia Nonprofit Organization

The Maine lobster industry is under attack... by a nonprofit group based out of Georgia.

An organization called 100 Miles, which is named after Georgia’s shoreline, launched a campaign called “Eat LocalNot Lobster.” The goal of the campaign is to save the North Atlantic right whale, which they claim is being killed off by the fishing gear being used by lobster and snow crab fishermen.

As Georgia’s state marine mammal, the North Atlantic right whale holds special meaning to the organization...

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Quiznos Brings Back LTO Lobster Subs to Canada Locations

Quiznos’ Canadian locations are delivering a seafood favorite. For a limited time the Lobster Classic sub and the Old Bay Lobster Club will be back on the menu.

“We are thrilled lobster is returning to the menu– this time kicked up a notch with the distinctive and tangy addition of Frank’s Hot Sauce,” said Chef Mike Gieseman, Director of Culinary and Innovation for REGO Restaurant Group, which owns Quiznos. “Our Lobster subs are eagerly anticipated by consumers year after year, and it’s no wonder why. They are...

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MLMC Partners With The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel To Create the Ultimate Maine Lobster Experience 

Lobster lovers who couldn’t travel to Maine last year due to COVID won’t want to miss this opportunity. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) announced that they’ve partnered with The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel to create the ultimate Maine lobster experience — “The Maine Lobster Suite.”

“Many Maine visitors don’t realize that peak lobster season runs from roughly June to October here in Maine, so we wanted to create something special to celebrate the sweetest, most sustainable lobster all season long at...

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VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about record highs for frozen lobster products and the latest on Chile's harmful algae blooms. Plus, learn more about Maryland's request for additional H-2B visas and take a bite out of Red Lobster's new sandwich offerings.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Insights, available on the Comtell Platform. If you’re in the food business, you’re probably wondering about future-proofing the supply chain. Given what we’ve seen over...

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Cultured Decadence Raises $1.6 Million as it Eyes Cell-Cultured Lobster Development

Cultured Decadence, a company looking to create the first cell-cultured lobster meat in North America, announced the close of its $1.6M pre-seed financing round.

The company said the financing round is key for the development of its novel lobster cell lines and the reduction of cell-culture media costs. Cultured Decadence said it will use the funding to expand its team and continue the development of cell-cultured lobster meat prototypes in preparation for a commercial launch...

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PODCAST: Maine Lobster Value; The Great Red Snapper Count; Executive Appointments and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about Maine's lobster landings for 2020; the "Great Red Snapper Count" report; executive appointments at East Coast Seafood Group and Peter Pan Seafoods; and imported seafood denials into China.  

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast was brought to you by the spring issue of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Volume 16, Number 2 is our second issue of 2021 and features a special section on the “State of the Seafood Industry,” an annual review compiled...

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SeaPak Introduces New Lobster And Shrimp Bites; Announces ‘SeaKicks’ Sneaker Giveaway 

SeaPak is launching yet another new value-added itemLobster & Shrimp Bites.

SeaPak’s new Lobster & Shrimp Bites are lightly breaded, and in addition to the combo of lobster and shrimp, is mixed with savory cheese and shallots. Available in a 14-ounce package, each serving contains 10g of protein. 

“Lobster is one of the most popular shellfish items on U.S. restaurant menus,” said Kristen Beadon, SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co.’s director of marketing. “So we’re excited to be able to offer a quick and...

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Maine Delegation Makes Plea to Biden to Protect Lobstermen from Proposed Right Whale Rules

A Maine delegation has urged President Joe Biden to protect the state’s lobstermen as regulations have been put forward aiming to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales that could hit the lobster industry hard.

The delegation described the proposed rules as a “death knell” for the state’s critical lobster industry. They pushed Biden to fulfill his campaign promise of protecting lobstermen.

“When former President Trump came to Maine last year to meet with our lobster industry, you tweeted...

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ANALYSIS: Lobster Prices Firm as Industry Faces Supply Shortage

The live lobster market is entering a seasonally quiet period following Valentine’s day and the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Since the beginning of February, there was a frenzy to satisfy the demand for these two events taking place simultaneously.

Alongside Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, declining COVID-19 cases and restrictions easing across the U.S. and overseas, market participants reported an uptick in demand from the foodservice sector.

Competition for product from shippers, and the live market has...

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VIDEO: Valentine’s Spending Decline; Retail Saves Lobster; Salmon Struggling; EU Shrimp Subdued

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione take a look at Valentine's Day spending for 2021. Plus, find out how retail is saving lobster this Valentine's Day; salmon's struggle; and how EU shrimp remains subdued. 

This episode was brought to you by Urner Barry's new Insights offering, which is coming this March. This largely digital offering will allow subscribers to read, watch and listen to impactful market content in a new way like never before...

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