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Bidfood UK

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“We are passionate about protecting the world’s fish stocks for future generations.”

Bidfood UK joined in August 2019

“Bidfood is proud to be a member of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition, working collaboratively with the seafood industry to bring about real changes for our customers in this challenging and important area. We source seafood products globally, and are passionate about sustainability, protecting the world’s fish stocks for future generations.”

More about Bidfood UK

Proud to be one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, Bidfood works behind the scenes delivering food to over 40,000 customers who feed people out-of-home, 365 days a year, in all walks of life, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, workplace, travel and leisure venues, care homes, hospitals, schools and universities.

For more information visit www.bidfood.co.uk.

 

Kingfish Zeeland

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“Sustainability is at the core of Kingfish Zeeland’s values.”

Kingfish Zeeland joined in March 2019

“Sustainability and best practices are a core value at Kingfish Zeeland. We strive to continuously improve and raise the bar further on the criteria by which we evaluate our operation. We are therefore proud to be the first ASC & BAP certified Yellowtail Kingfish producer, and to be designated a green choice by the Good Fish Foundation and Seafood Watch.”

More about Kingfish Zeeland

Kingfish Zeeland operates a fully integrated full cycle land based farm in the Netherlands, from hatchery to grow out and on to (BRC certified) packing and processing. Located in the coast of the Oosterschelde, a Natura 2000 nature reserve, we use pristine North Sea water to grow our fish, and deliver fresh within 24-48 hours from harvest across the EU.

For more information visit our website.

 

YO! Sushi

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“We will be using the SSC’s Codes of Conduct to help us achieve our ambitious targets.”

YO! Sushi joined in December 2018

“As a business we strongly believe that we have a responsibility to use our purchasing power and brand influence to drive positive change, to help protect our oceans and ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy seafood in the way we do today. To demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable seafood supply chain we have set ourselves ambitious 2020 targets, and we will be using the SSC’s Codes of Conduct to help us achieve these targets and to make it easier for our guests to make informed decisions on the seafood they choose to eat.”

More about YO! Sushi

YO! specialises in delivering Japanese street food and sushi to guests via a ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt. Every day, dishes are hand crafted by our chefs using the freshest ingredients with a strong focus on sustainability.

With over 70 restaurants in the UK from Aberdeen to Plymouth, YO! Sushi is a nationally loved brand. YO! also has several franchised restaurants overseas in France, Denmark, UAE (Dubai), KSA and Australia.

For more information visit our website.

 

Lynx Purchasing

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“Through our own actions, and the trusted partners we choose to work with, we encourage all parties to operate more sustainably.”

Lynx Purchasing joined in February 2019

“Lynx Purchasing is in a unique position. Because we work so closely with suppliers and customers, we can be a powerful and positive influence for change. Through our own actions, and the trusted partners we choose to work with, we encourage all parties to operate more sustainably.

We do this by building open and honest partnerships. By demanding only the highest standards of animal welfare and environmental stewardship from our suppliers, backed by tough independent accreditation. By helping our customers order wisely, more efficiently, cut waste, and run cost-effective businesses that reduce our industry’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.”

More about Lynx Purchasing

“Founded in 2003, Lynx Purchasing works with clients nationwide in the hospitality and catering sector helping them buy better and save money. A private company with 15 staff – all business managers – Lynx Purchasing has a trusted network of over 50 suppliers in 32 product/service categories from fresh food to utilities. We take a business partnership approach with clients which include hotels, bars, pubs, restaurants and care homes.”

For more information visit their website.

Reach Food Service Limited

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“We are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to demonstrate our commitment as a responsible operator.”

Reach Food Service joined in January 2019

“Environmentally aware and commercially astute businesses are the bedrock of vibrant seafood industry, and we are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to demonstrate our commitment as a responsible operator. At the heart of our sustainability philosophy is the belief that sustainable supply chains are reinforced by equitable value chains and vice versa.”

More about Reach Food Service

“Reach is a start-up founded in July 2018 founded by a team of professionals with many years of experience in the seafood trade. Our target segment is the premium end of the London Food service market, and our product range is a mix of both imported and locally sourced gourmet seafood products. An uncompromising attitude to customer service and a fresh take on sustainability is what sets us apart as a business.”

For more information visit their website.

UK support helps new Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition to launch

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Following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the UK, a similar industry initiative will be launched in Hong Kong, demonstrating how the collaborative model can be replicated around the world.

The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) has brought together suppliers, buyers, restaurants, hotels and retail outlets collaborating to promote seafood sustainability and address concerns over Illegal, unregulated and unreported fish products in the supply chain.

Like the original SSC, the Hong Kong-based coalition will work as a pre-competitive model and organisers have spent the past year engaging with businesses to create new voluntary codes of conduct on seafood sourcing and environmental claims for packaging and menus.

And while the Hong Kong coalition is unaffiliated with the original, ClientEarth, as secretariat to the UK SSC consulted to the new venture, offering expertise to adapt the organisational structure and come up with their own codes.

Benjamin So, the Chair of the HKSSC said, “The establishment of the Coalition serves a three-fold purpose. Firstly, as users of a critical natural resource, we have a duty to ensure its responsible use. In addition, by adopting the HKSSC code of conduct, members can address the increasing concern among Hong Kong consumers regarding the sustainability of marine populations. Last but not least, collective industry action will bring greater commercial certainty to the seafood business.

“We found the Sustainable Seafood Coalition model to be readily adaptable to our market and welcomed the consultation from ClientEarth in how we adapt our own version of the voluntary codes of conduct.”

Oliver Tanqueray from the SSC in the UK said: “Seeing the Sustainable Seafood Coalition model adapted for a market on the other side of the world is a vote of confidence in the model’s effectiveness and its ability to be replicated internationally. The world’s seafood supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link so this is about promoting raising the bar everywhere.

“We hope other seafood industries sit up and take notice. If you want to see a pre-competitive collaboration in your region, it’s time to get in touch.”

True World Foods UK

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“We want to be part of the growing group of responsible businesses which work with partners to address seafood sustainability.”

True World Foods UK joined in November 2018

“In order to ensure that our company upholds high standards of purchasing ethically sourced goods, products are investigated for their origin and how they are caught. True World Foods makes sure that all the requisite documents regarding food safety, sustainability and responsible sourcing are met. We aim to carry sustainability accreditation such as MSC and ASC for many of our products. We take food safety accreditations like BRC and SALSA into consideration before entering into official trade or business with suppliers. Our concern for environmental and animal welfare issues, and the importance of keeping ecosystems unchanged, mean that our company aims to tackle activities such as overfishing, unreported fishing, whaling and bycatch. We joined the SSC because we want to be part of the growing group of responsible business which work with partners to address seafood sustainability”.

More about True World Foods UK

“True World Foods UK is a supplier of premium fresh and frozen seafood products. We are SALSA approved and MSC chain-of-custody certified. Most of our products are sourced via True World Group’s global network ensuring that the supply-chain is short, fresh and easily traceable. This is an important factor as we specialise in supplying to restaurant sectors but mainly focusing on premium-end Japanese restaurants and Sushi chain groups.”

For more information visit their website.

 

Guest Post: Sea Farms on squid and sustainability

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This series of guest blogs will explore members’ motivations for joining the SSC, their experiences of implementing the Codes of Conduct and information on projects or initiatives which support them in their pursuit of progress on seafood sustainability. In this blog, Sarah Hussey explains how Sea Farms have collaborated with a variety of stakeholders to launch a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Japanese flying squid. Sea Farms are part of the SeaFresh Group, an SSC member.

 

With only one squid fishery in the world being MSC certified (achieved in May 2018), the term sustainability is not necessarily associated with squid – yet!

In alignment with the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), Sea Farms have made the commitment to source seafood from only responsible sources.  This means any seafood we supply to our customers, must come from a certified sustainable fishery or a fishery working towards becoming certified, typically through a fishery improvement project (FIP).

We source the popular Japanese flying (Todarodes pacificus) squid (JFS) from the trawl fishery in China, specifically in the East China and Yellow Seas.  Efforts have been underway since 2015 with the not-for-profit Ocean Outcomes (http://www.oceanoutcomes.org/what-we-do/fishery-improvement-projects/east-china-sea-and-yellow-sea-squid/) to engage the fishery and establish a FIP with the overall aim of achieving MSC certification.

Japanese flying squid, Todarodes pacificus

Work to date includes an MSC pre-assessment and scoping document for JFS within our supply chain.

Despite being short-lived and one of the most valuable commercial species, squid fisheries are often data deficient.  Japanese flying squid typically live between one to two years and migrate along the Kuroshio current. The stock is a shared resource amongst major fishing countries including China, South Korea, North Korea and Japan.

The JFS fishery faces many challenges such as lack of stock data, having a short fishing period coinciding with a lengthy summer fishing ban and a lack of traceability.  Being in China, the language barrier and the political landscape can make it difficult to navigate sustainability efforts. However, earlier this month, 3 years of hard work came to fruition when the Japanese flying squid FIP launched in Qingdao. The launch event saw four seafood companies; Sea Farms, Panapesca, Quirch Foods and Seachill collaborate and sign up to the FIP, along with Chinese processors and fishing companies, and very importantly, the China Aquatic Products Processing & Marketing Association (CAPPMA).

A variety of stakeholders involved in the FIP is essential to enable a collaborative approach for the progress of the FIP.  We now look forward to the task at hand and for the JFS fishery to eventually becoming MSC certified.

To find out more about the FIP, please visit https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/east-china-sea-and-yellow-sea-japanese-flying-squid-trawl.

Launch event in Qingdao

The Crispy Cod

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“We firmly believe in protecting the future of not only our business, but our environment itself.”

The Crispy Cod joined in October 2018

We firmly believe in protecting the future of not only our business, but our environment itself. We are constantly looking for new and innovative ideas and ways that we can promote sustainability whether it be in our packaging or produce and help educate our customers on the importance of sustainable sourcing. We firmly believe the SSC can help us hone in on our strategy and help forward our efforts in this area.

More about The Crispy Cod

The Crispy Cod was established by Mathew Williams in 2008 in Tonyrefail in Rhondda Cynon Taf. In 2017 a new store was opened in Gelli including a sit down restaurant. The fish and chip business, which has 23 members of staff, has won the following awards:

Welsh Fish and Chip shop of the Year – 2012, 2013.
Young Fish Frier of the Year – Ryan Hughes – Winner – 2016, Finalist – 2015
Fish & Chips Quality Award – 2015, 2016

For more information visit their website.

 

Offshore Shellfish

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“The SSC provides the ideal platform to project our values to the marketplace.”

Offshore Shellfish Ltd. joined in August 2018

“We cultivate mussels on ropes in one of the first large scale fully offshore farms. We work in harmony with the natural environment, which provides our mussels with the food and habitat they need to grow in the open sea, 6 miles away from the coast. The offshore location enables us to cultivate the mussels at low densities, while also providing habitat and safe refuge for many other types of sea life. Pre-development studies and continued independent monitoring ensure we maintain and improve the quality of our environment. The Sustainable Seafood Coalition provides the ideal platform to project these values to the marketplace.”

More about Offshore Shellfish

Offshore Shellfish, based in Brixham, is a family run business founded by John and Nicki Holmyard, who have been farming mussels for 30 years. The offshore farms were started in 2013 in Lyme Bay, Devon, and promise to be the largest in Europe once fully developed. BAP certified annual mussel production will rise to 10,000 tones, with employee numbers increasing from 17 to 70.

For more information visit their website.