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IN BRIEF - Government today suspended anchovy artisanal fishing activity for human consumption

PERU
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lima -- The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) reported that after receiving the technical reports of the Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE), compared to the artisanal mining activity anchovy for human consumption, determined to stay along the coast Peru since Sunday 27 February and for a period of ten days, the fishing activities of artisanal fishing vessels using purse.

This measure was adopted with the sole purpose of protecting the anchovy, as indicated in the Ministerial Resolution No. 059-2011-PRODUCE, published today in the official gazette El Peruano.

 


IN BRIEF - JRC, Japan Radio Co., Ltd. Establishes New Subsidiary in China

JAPAN
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tokyo -- Japan Radio Co., Ltd. announced that it has established a wholly owned subsidiary, which will be engaged in sales of the Company's products and parts, as well as after service in China.  The subsidiary is expected to start operation on April 1, 2011.


IN BRIEF - NSF International Opens NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory in China to Support Increasing Demand

CHINA
Sunday, February 27, 2011

SHANGHAI – NSF International, a global not-for-profit public health and safety organization, has opened its new NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory in Shanghai, China, expanding its services in Asia to include testing in the areas of food equipment, dietary supplements and ingredients, and consumer products. Additionally, the facility and staff will provide on-site training in the areas of food safety, pharmaceutical, medical device and dietary supplement manufacturing.

The NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory (full name NSF Shanghai Testing Technology Company) will complement NSF’s existing certification services in China and provide companies with a means to source safer products, raw materials and ingredients from Asia through independent, third-party testing and certification.
The NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will work in harmony with NSF Shanghai Co., Ltd., a joint venture NSF International established with the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality System (SAC) in 2005 and is approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA).

Manufacturers and suppliers in China require independent system registration and product certification in order to access international markets. NSF helps companies navigate the global marketplace and bridge Western companies with the Asian market.


IN BRIEF - Sodexo Commits to 100% Contracted Sustainable Seafood by 2015

FRANCE
Sunday, February 27, 2011

GAITHERSBURG, Md., /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo, Inc., the world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions, announced today a comprehensive, industry leading Sustainable Seafood Initiative, including a commitment to have 100 percent of its contracted fresh and frozen seafood certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) by 2015.

Sodexo's Sustainable Seafood Initiative is part of Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan, the company's global roadmap for sustainability. The commitment to source sustainable seafood is one of 14 Better Tomorrow commitments to the environment, health and wellness, and support for local communities.
"Sodexo touches the lives of over 10 million people daily," said Ann Oka, senior vice president, supply management at Sodexo. "When we implemented the Better Tomorrow Plan we knew we had the ability to affect not only our sustainable seafood policies but to educate and influence clients and consumers about the impact of their choices. We believe our Sustainable Seafood Initiative is unparalleled and can truly make a positive impact on the health of the world's oceans and fisheries, as well as providing consumers a better choice in seafood."

Sodexo's Sustainable Seafood Initiative, "Your Better Choice in Seafood," will have a significant effect volumetrically on reducing the amount of unsustainable seafood in the food service industry and help to positively influence consumer buying and behavioral change. Teaming with the Marine Stewardship Council and the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Sodexo will review all wild caught and farm raised seafood purchases and help identify the sustainability of its seafood supply. Short, medium and long term goals will be set with contracted seafood vendors to source and sell certified sustainable seafood to meet the 2015 goal.


IN BRIEF - H.E. Lisbeth Berg-Hansen Norway Minister of Fisheries to open NASF 2011

NORWAY
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries Lisbeth Berg-Hansen will open the conference on march 2nd. In her welcoming letter to all delegates, the Minister states the following:

Dear Sir or Madam;

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the 6th annual North Atlantic Seafood Forum in Oslo 1-3 March 2011. This year, there is also a pre-conference seminar on the theme “Science – the basis for the 21st century”.

Environmentally sustainable development is a prerequisite for future growth in the seafood industry. Therefore it is very timely that the conference is addressing the importance of sustainable business development. Sustainable management is no longer a topic of concern solely for governments and the industry – it is also increasingly on the minds of consumers and is thus of great importance to seafood firms.

This conference acts as an important meeting place for the seafood industry, retailers, suppliers and financial institutions. It is important to seek inspiration and gain new knowledge. Covering a wide range of topics, this year’s North Atlantic Seafood Forum has the potential to fulfil both of these objectives.

Therefore I believe that this conference will serve as a needed and valuable meeting place for stakeholders in the seafood industry. Hopefully, it will facilitate discussions on the possibilities and challenges facing future seafood supplies, and to ensure that seafood – both wild caught and aquaculture products – can fulfil its tremendous potential as a reliable provider of protein and other essential nutrients.

I wish you all a successful conference.

Yours sincerely
Lisbeth Berg-Hansen


IN BRIEF - McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. to Announce 4Q and Full Year 2010

UNITED STATES
Saturday, February 26, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSSR) today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2010 financial results on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM ET. Hosting the call will be William Freeman, Chief Executive Officer, and Michelle Lantow, Chief Financial Officer. A press release with fourth quarter and full year 2010 financial results will be issued after the market close that same day.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-572-7027, or for international callers 719-325-2217. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 2339889. The replay will be available until Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

The call will be webcast live from the Company's website under the investor relations section.


IN BRIEF - AgriMarine to Participate in the World Aquaculture Society Conference

CANADA
Saturday, February 26, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire) - AgriMarine Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FSH)(OTCQX:AGMHF)(FRANKFURT:A2G) the leader in floating closed containment technology and production for sustainable aquaculture, is pleased to announce its participation at this year's World Aquaculture Society Annual Conference, taking place from February 28th to March 3rd in New Orleans togheter with "Aquaculture America 2011". This conference brings together over 1,700 world-renowned experts in the aquaculture industry to review the latest science research and cutting-edge technologies.

This event provides an ideal platform for showcasing AgriMarine's proprietary cost-effective floating closed containment technology to a wide and knowledgeable audience. The conference also represents an excellent opportunity for AgriMarine to develop international relationships with prospective clients. The Company will also participate in the trade show where AgriMarine's unique technology will be presented and shown to all participants in a question and answer session.

Phil Fitzpatrick, Senior Advisor remarked, "This is a premier event for scientists, researchers and industry players to see and hear about AgriMarine and its potential in the worldwide marketplace. Building solid relationships and credibility with all industry stakeholders is key to ensuring the rapid uptake of the technology."


IN BRIEF - China Marine Food Group Limited to Host Year End 2010 Financial Results Conference

HONG KONG
Saturday, February 26, 2011

SHISHI,  (PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall) -- China Marine Food Group Limited (NYSE Amex: CMFO) ("China Marine" or the "Company"), a China-based manufacturer of Mingxiang(R) seafood-based snack foods, "Hi-Power" marine algae-based beverages, and distributor of frozen marine catch, today announced that it will hold a conference call to discuss its 2010 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2010.
Mr. Pengfei Liu, Chairman and CEO, and Mr. Marco Ku, CFO, will host the conference call. To attend the call, please use the dial in information below. When prompted, ask for the "China Marine Food Group call" and/or be prepared to provide the conference ID.
Conference Call

  • Date: Thursday, March 3rd
  • Time: 9:00 am Eastern Time US
  • Conference Line Dial-In (U.S.): 1-877-941-4776
  • International Dial-In: 1-480-629-9762
  • Conference ID: 4417209 "China Marine Conference Call"
  • Webcast: http://viavid.net/dce.aspx?sid=0000821C

Please dial in at least 10-minutes before the call to ensure timely participation.


IN BRIEF - DSM Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Martek and Expects to Complete Acquisition

NETHERLANDS
Saturday, February 26, 2011

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire) - Royal DSM N.V. (NYSE Euronext: DSM KON), the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announced today that it has successfully completed the subsequent offering period to its all-cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Martek Biosciences Corporation at a price of $31.50 per share.

The previously announced subsequent offering period expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Thursday, February 24, 2011. The depositary for the tender offer has advised that, as of such time, a total of approximately 262,000 additional Martek shares of common stock had been validly tendered in the subsequent offering period, which, together with the shares validly tendered and not withdrawn during the initial offering period, resulted in DSM holding approximately 89.5% of Martek's currently outstanding shares. DSM has accepted for payment all validly tendered shares.


IN BRIEF - Findus job losses "fewer than expected" for Young's Grimsby factory

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, February 25, 2011

Findus Group has said job losses at its Young's Humberstone Road factory in Grimsby are less severe than initially thought after the frozen-food companmy reconfigured product lines and benefited from a rise in sales volumes.

The company had previously warned of the potential loss of up to 84 positions at the site, which manufactures seafood products under the Young's brand.

However, a spokesperson for the group confirmed today (22 February) that this figure has now been cut to 47 voluntary redundancies. Some 28 people, meanwhile, have transferred to new roles within Young's in Grimsby.

"This has been a difficult process for everyone and of course we regret the fact that redundancies have been necessary," Steve Lidgett, operations director for Young’s Seafood Limited, said.

However, he added: "We are confident that 2011 will be a successful year and we are focused on accelerating growth by drawing on our scale, heritage and leadership in fish and seafood."

The company said that it has completed the compulsory 30-day consultation period with staff.

By: Katy Humphries / just-food


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