Monday, November 28, 2011

Chicken of the Sea Sustainability Initiative Reaches Milestone

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods announced today another initiative milestone regarding the company’s sustainability program. In collaboration with its integrated processing partner Phil Union Frozen Foods Inc., the companies are celebrating the return of their 10,000th egg bearing crab back to the wild. Under this initiative, Phil Union Frozen Foods Inc. buys live berried crabs at full price from the fishermen and then returns them to the mangroves so they can release their eggs.

“We continually strive to identify and implement initiatives that embrace our commitment to offer seafood products that are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner”, said Paul McCarthy, Executive Vice President for Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods.

A founding member of the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council, Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods also works with the Council to help educate the local fishermen to understand the importance of allowing berried female crabs to release their eggs.

“These types of efforts by dedicated companies like Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods will have a real impact on the future of this fishery. The company’s commitment to their own sustainability projects, the Council’s work and the resource itself is impressive,” said Gavin Gibbons, NFI Crab Council secretary.

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods is a leading importer of shrimp and pasteurized crab that also maintains a strong focus on shellfish, finfish and value added seafood products. They market their products to the retail, club, foodservice and wholesale industries. In addition, the company is a division of the Thai Union Group family of companies. This group forms one of the largest vertically integrated seafood companies in the world with leadership positions in the shelf-stable, frozen and refrigerated seafood categories.

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