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Ramus Seafoods

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“It is important that we are doing all we can to protect the environment and help it flourish.”

Ramus Seafoods joined in April 2020

“As our business relies heavily on the environment – it is important that we are doing all we can to protect it and help it flourish. Future generations rely on the actions of today and we are committed to playing our part. .”

More about Ramus Seafoods

Ramus Seafoods supply quality fish and seafood to Hotels, restaurants and pubs across the north of England daily.

As well as the foodservice sector, Ramus also offers a range of pre-packed fish and seafood for premium retailers nationwide – meaning that any farm shop, deli or butcher can now stock quality fish and seafood without the hassle.

For more information visit the Ramus Seafoods website.

 

SSC seeks consultant to conduct 2020 implementation report

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The members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition are inviting consultants to tender for their 2020 Implementation Report. The report will assess the implementation of the Codes of Conduct in the sourcing and labelling practices of SSC members.

In 2017, to mark the two-year anniversary of the SSC Codes of Conduct, ClientEarth initiated the first independent, third-party assessment of their implementation by SSC Members. The Implementation Report process now takes place every three years. It is an important measurement against which the success of the SSC’s voluntary, pre-competitive collaboration model is assessed. All members commit to aligning with our Codes of Conduct within a year of joining the coalition.

The intended audience for this report will be:

  • the SSC members and secretariat, to measure and continually improve performance
  • other industry and NGO stakeholders, to better understand the SSC model and its efficacy
  • members of the public who may wish to verify the public commitments made by SSC members in on-pack environmental claims or public-facing sourcing policies.

SSC members are eager to hear proposals from consultants on how best to measure progress made by the coalition towards its goals.

If you or your organisation would like to tender for this project, please follow the instructions in this invitation. Please consider passing this on to others who might be interested: Invitation to Tender.

Fishmonger and processor sustainability to be recognised in new award

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Fishmongers and processors across the UK are invited to demonstrate their sustainability credentials in a new award from the Master Fishmonger Standard. The MFS Sustainability Awards, with categories for both retail shops and seafood processors, rewards those who can demonstrate commitment to sustainable sourcing within their business.

The Sustainability Awards form part of a new suite of awards introduced by the MFS that recognise excellence in the processing and fishmongering sector. These new awards, alongside the certification of the five MFS tiers, will feature at the MFS Awards ceremony to be held on 8 June 2020 at the historic Fishmongers’ Hall.

Fishmongers and processors will submit supporting paragraphs, photos or videos alongside their application before the winner is selected by the MFS’s chief examiner. Entries close on February 24.

The full entry criteria are as follows:

Sustainability – Retail:

To be awarded to a Company.

The applicant must provide a paragraph outlining and evidence of:

  • the Company’s purchasing policy and procedures
  • Instore initiatives for educating consumers on sustainable seafood
  • Support for improving fisheries and aquaculture

Sustainability – Seafood Processor:

The applicant must provide a paragraph outlining and evidence of:

  • the Company’s purchasing policy and procedures
  • Packaging: consumer engagement on sustainability
  • Support for improving fisheries and aquaculture

For more information on these awards please visit the Master Fishmonger website.

The Sustainable Seafood Coalition brings together businesses committed to responsible sourcing and improving the sustainability of seafood bought and sold in the UK. Get in touch at ssc@clientearth.org, or use the contact form on our homepage to find out more about membership.

itsu

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“We are committed to supporting the sustainable future of seafood.”

itsu joined in January 2020

“itsu has always strived to provide beautiful food to its customers, that is delicious, healthy & most importantly, responsibly sourced & sustainable. Seafood is a core ingredient within our menu, and we are committed to supporting its sustainable future”

More about itsu

itsu is an Asian inspired Food-to-Go restaurant, with 75 shops within the UK, and a recently opened shop in New York. itsu employs over 1,300 staff.

For more information visit the itsu website.

 

D&A Seafood Solutions

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“Future generations rely on the actions of today.”

D&A Seafood Solutions joined in January 2020

“As our business relies heavily on the environment – it is important that we are doing all we can to protect it and help it flourish. Future generations rely on the actions of today and we are committed to playing our part. .”

More about D&A Seafood Solutions

Our business supplies Retailers, Restaurants, Hotels and Caterers from our BRC accredited site on Grimsby Fish Docks. Our business has grown organically for 10 years in a row.

For more information visit the D&A Seafood Solutions website.

 

Meridian Sea

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“Membership of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition enables us to work alongside a wide range of companies within the fish and seafood sector.”

Meridian Sea Limited joined in January 2020

“As a small independent business, membership of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition enables us to work alongside a wide range of companies within the fish and seafood sector. Companies of all types and sizes within the coalition share a diverse wealth of experience and knowledge; working together ensures best practice in striving to supply only fish from sustainable sources.”

More about Meridian Sea

Established in 1997 and with more than 50 years of experience in fisheries, we import and distribute a range of fish, seafood and hand harvested organic seaweed. Working closely with our partner producers, the transparency of our supply chain demonstrates the provenance and sustainability of the fish and seafood that we work with.

For more information visit the Meridian Sea website.

 

Libra Seafood Processing Limited

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“Collectively we can forge change to ensure that the sourcing of seafood products is responsible and sustainable.”

Libra Seafood Processing Limited joined in December 2019

“Libra Seafood Processing Limited strives to conduct its operations with honesty, integrity and openness. We fully recognise that when sourcing our products we have an impact on both land and sea environments as well as the surrounding communities whom work in these areas. We further recognise that as an industry, collectively we can forge change to ensure that the future sourcing of seafood products can be carried out responsibly and sustainably. We have joined the SSC to help and be a part of this vision.”

More about Libra Seafood Processing Limited

Libra Seafood Processing Ltd is a privately owned, independent processor of frozen seafood. Our EU approved factory is fitted out to the highest standards with the latest technology. We carry the following Approvals: BRC; IFS (Unannounced); MSC; ASC. We have a management team with over 100 years combined experience within the seafood processing industry and we can offer a high quality & comprehensive range of services for our customers.

For more information visit the Libra Seafoods website.

 

Leading UK foodservice wholesaler Bidfood joins SSC

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The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) has added another foodservice company to its ranks, with the inclusion of one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers Bidfood.

Bidfood supplies more than 13,000 products to over 45,000 caterers and foodservice businesses around the UK, and is the 38th member to sign up to the coalition’s voluntary Codes of Conduct. SSC members commit to the responsible sourcing of seafood and clear, consistent environmental claims.

The SSC is a coalition of UK businesses working since 2011 towards the vision that all fish and seafood sold in the UK come from sustainable sources. Members account for more than 70% of retail seafood sales in the UK.

Bidfood Director of Technical Services Angela O’Donovan said: “Bidfood is proud to become a member of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition and work 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.

“As well as sustainable fishing, Bidfood is working to improve our sustainability credentials across our product range with a particular focus on plastics, palm oil and modern slavery.”

Oliver Tanqueray, SSC coordinator at ClientEarth, said: “By joining the SSC, Bidfood has shown a commitment to collaborating with like-minded businesses on the responsible sourcing of seafood. The challenges facing the ocean are too large to be tackled by any individual business, which is why it is so important for competitors to work together.

“We look forward to working with Bidfood as they implement the SSC Codes of Conduct and help the UK seafood industry towards sustainability.”

Signing up to the SSC Codes means that members commit to the responsible sourcing of all own-brand fish by following good practice, such as good traceability, transparency and openness. The Codes include a commitment to taking a risk assessment approach to sourcing fish, and basing decisions on the assessment outcomes to help the fishery or farm to move towards sustainability.

Bidfood works behind the scenes to deliver food to over 45,000 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.

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.