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Fair Trade Certified Tuna

by Jason Pride | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

Hy-Vee is excited to feature yellowfin tuna from the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ fishery in Hy-Vee fresh seafood cases this week. Hy-Vee is currently the only retailer working towards 100% Fair Trade tuna throughout our stores. Hy-Vee partners with Anova Food to supply Fair Trade tuna for our fresh seafood cases, sushi shops and Market Grille restaurants.

The Fair Trade Certified yellowfin tuna comes from a relatively new group of fishermen in the Indonesian Maluku island chain. The fishermen use single-hook handlines attached to handmade kites to catch the fish – a very low-impact and environmentally friendly method.

In October 2014, four fishing associations – representing roughly 100 fishermen – became certified according to Fair Trade’s Capture Fisheries Standard. Fishing & Living, Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), Anova Food, Fair Trade USA and the fishermen worked together to certify the Central Maluku yellowfin tuna fishery. Since initial certification, the Indonesian program has grown and now encompasses almost 600 fishermen and more than 30 fishing associations.

To fulfill Fair Trade requirements, data is collected including information on who caught the fish, the catch per trip, the amount of bycatch per trip and whether there was any sighting or interaction with an endangered, threatened or protected species. MDPI hosts training sessions to teach fisherman about these practices and why they’re important. MDPI also provides safety, first aid and navigation training, as required for certification.

Fair Trade Certified products are acquired with respect for people and our planet. When customers purchase a product with the Fair Trade Certified label, they can be sure that the fishermen and workers who produced it received a fair deal for their hard work.

Fair Trade’s goal is to see more resilient livelihoods in coastal communities, improved working and living conditions, increased supply and demand for responsibly sourced seafood, and enhanced environmental stewardship and ecosystem protection. Fisherman and consumers all benefit when these fishing communities enjoy better prices and wages, safer working conditions, environmental protection, and additional funds to invest in community projects including education, health care and clean water.

We proudly label this item with Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice logo. We invite you to visit your local Hy-Vee seafood counter this week and take home some fresh, delicious and Fair Trade Certified yellowfin tuna!

Seafood strategy: Global Seafood

by John Rohrs | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

There have been a lot questions about the safety of imported seafood. Seafood comes from a global supply and it’s necessary to import products from all over the world to meet our customer needs. There isn’t enough domestic (U.S.) production to meet the demand.

In order to offer variety, we must import some of our seafood. All product that is imported is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection upon arrival in the U.S. Also, all foreign facilities that offer product for sale to the U.S. operate under a FDA-mandated HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) plan.

Food safety isn’t our only concern. Hy-Vee goes to great lengths to ensure the fisheries and farms we buy seafood from are responsibly managed, and do not cause any negative environmental impacts.

Hy-Vee owes much of our success to our suppliers who have worked with us to reach and also maintain our Responsible Seafood Commitment. Read more about our efforts here.

We have developed a group of suppliers that share our same goals for food safety. We have a “trust and verify” system in place where we require documentation from our suppliers that our products are safe and that they have proper quality assurance steps in place. This requirement is for all seafood products, no matter where it comes from.

Hy-Vee seafood buyers make sure to buy from reputable suppliers. Our vendors have people onsite testing the products we purchase to ensure that quality always come first. Plus, as an added quality-check, we have a full-time government USDC Lot Inspector onsite at our warehouse in Ankeny, Iowa. He inspects all of Hy-Vee’s fresh seafood along with many frozen products that arrive here. Hy-Vee is one of only two retailers in the country that has a USDC Inspector onsite in the warehouse. This helps us ensure that our customers are receiving top quality seafood.

Here is a list of the things Hy-Vee’s suppliers must guarantee:

  1. The production facilities comply with FDA’s HACCP guidelines.
  2. They comply with good environmental and aquaculture (if applicable) practices.
  3. The plants apply the HACCP principles to farming, harvesting and processing of fish and shrimp.
  4. The plants guarantee that they have not used illegal additives, antibiotics or other chemicals.
  5. The suppliers use independent lab analysis overseas and in the U.S. for verification.
  6. The supplier does frequent plant visits. Many suppliers have a full-time staff at the plants to verify that the quality standards are met and to pull samples for lab analysis.
  7. The supplier has third-party audits completed at its facilities.
  8. The product has 100 percent traceability.

Over 90 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, but Hy-Vee has still successfully worked with its suppliers to only source responsible seafood. Globalization is essential to the seafood industry. Hy-Vee will continue to focus on food safety, sustainability and quality.

Fair Trade Tuna

by John Rohrs | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

Hy-Vee is working toward offering 100% Fair Trade tuna by partnering with Anova to supply our fresh seafood cases, sushi shops and Market Grille restaurants.

Fair Trade Certified products are acquired with respect for people and our planet. When customers purchase a product with the Fair Trade Certified label, they can be sure that the fishermen and workers who produced it received a fair deal for their hard work. This means better prices and wages, safer working conditions, environmental protection, and additional funds to invest in community projects like education, health care and clean water.

Fair Trade USA informed us that Hy-Vee is the only retailer that is pursuing an effort of this scale. To learn more about Fair Trade tuna and the process behind the product, check out this short video about a small-scale handline-caught tuna fishing in Indonesia.

Watch the YouTube video on the Fair Trade Program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSiGXptU6kk?

This video was produced by the MDPI Foundation.

Keep Calm and Eat Fish Tacos

by Megan Callahan | Health | Leave a comment

There’s something wonderful about traveling and experiencing different foods and flavors. Two weeks ago, my family and I spent time in Florida, and one item that I noticed as a staple on every menu is fish tacos.

Mahi Mahi Tacos seem to be one of the most popular fish tacos in Florida. Not only are they delicious, but very nutritious. Mahi mahi is a complete protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs for survival; it is also a source of heme iron, which is a type of iron that is more readily available for absorption in the body.

When making fish tacos at home, you can choose from a variety of fresh and Responsible Choice fish from your local Hy-Vee seafood counter. Some of my favorites are halibut, tilapia, shrimp and, of course, mahi mahi!

Blackened seasoning adds a lot of flavor to fish tacos. For a basic blackened seasoning, try mixing 1 teaspoon each of:

  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • white pepper

Just stir the spices together and store in an air-tight container until ready to use. Pat or sprinkle the seasoning on the fresh fish of your choice, prior to baking, pan-frying or grilling.

One way to add delicious nutrition to your tacos is to add a fresh topping. Two of my favorites include mango salsa and avocado cream sauce.

Just one cup of mangoes provides you with 12 percent of your daily fiber needs which helps you feel full faster and may help support weight management. Mangoes also contain more than 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Avocados are an excellent source of potassium, vitamins C and A, and folic acid.

I’ve included my favorite fresh fish taco topping recipes below. Perhaps you and your family and friends can try a new spin on tacos.


Mango Salsa

Serves 8.

All you need:

  • 2 firm but ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 firm but ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 tbsp seeded and minced Serrano pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

All you do:

  1. Combine mangos, avocados, Serrano pepper, red onion, red bell pepper and cilantro. Whisk together lime zest and juice, chili powder and olive oil. Stir into mango mixture.
  2. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend.

Avocado Cream Sauce

All you need:

  • ½ cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt

All you do:

  1. Pulse yogurt, avocado, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until smooth.

Loving Lobster

by John Rohrs | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

Lobsters are arguably one of the most delicious seafood treats of the summer. The American lobster is the sweetest, most flavorful lobster around. Lobsters have been an integral part of the coastal region for generations.

When it comes to sourcing these delicious Responsible Choice lobsters, Hy-Vee looks no further than the coast of Maine. The strict management practices enforced there ensure that the lobsters will be around for future generations.

Lobsters are graded as soft-shell (new shell) or hard-shell (old shell). So what’s the difference?

Lobsters will periodically shed their shells as they grow. This can happen as many as 25 times before they are 6 or 7 years old. After that, males shed every year and females shed every two years. When lobsters become very large, molting is less frequent. After they shed they have a paper-thin shell, which can take up to two months to harden, and are called soft-shell, new-shell or shedders. The debate goes on as to which is most tasty, though the soft-shell are definitely easier to crack! Either variety is welcome on our dinner table!

To make the more than 1,000-mile journey to the Midwest, Hy-Vee must source hard-shell lobsters. The more delicate soft-shell lobsters simply will not make the trip.

Upon arrival at our perishable warehouse in Ankeny, Iowa, the lobsters are counted and checked thoroughly before they are placed in our state-of-the-art lobster tank where they sit in holding for 24 hours before being shipped. This ensures that they are hearty and healthy enough to ship.

Then the lobsters make their way to our Hy-Vee stores, where they are often placed on display much to the delight of Seafoodies and children alike. If you have any questions about preparation or how to eat lobster, just visit with your local Hy-Vee seafood counter team. They’re happy to share their knowledge to allow you to enjoy fresh and delicious lobster right in your own home!

Ocean Vacations: Reduce Your Impact

by Kathleen Mullen-Ley | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

Hy-Vee customers from the Midwest often love to spend vacations by the ocean, relaxing and taking in the sights, smells and sounds. Even while on vacation, there are small steps travelers can take to reduce their impact on the ocean.

Reducing Impacts on Oceans

  1. Trash and Recycling: After spending a day outdoors, make sure to pack all trash before leaving the beach and dispose of it properly. Recycle any materials that you can, such as paper or beverage containers.
  2. Respect the Environment. Don’t touch or feed the ocean animals. Travelers may come across animals on the land and in the sea, but it’s best to leave them alone and simply observe, not interfere. Also, do not damage or remove any plants.
  3. Choose environmentally friendly transport. Perhaps you’ll stay oceanside, but if not, consider walking, biking or at least taking public transportation to get there. Be sure to stay on trails and public footpaths to respect the local environment.
  4. The Seafood Watch App: Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s free Seafood Watch app to your phone. Dining out while on vacation is always a highlight. Using the app, you’ll have instant access to find sustainable seafood options at restaurants and stores and more.

For more information, visit the Ocean Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation.

Copper River Salmon with Tomato-Cucumber Relish

by Reynolds Aultman | Recipes | Leave a comment

Serves 2.

All you need:

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (4 oz each) Copper River salmon filets

All you do:

  1. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, capers, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, grill or roast Copper River salmon as desired.
  3. Divide the salmon between 2 plates and serve with Tomato-Cucumber Relish.

Hy-Vee Launches “How To” Cooking Videos For Seafood And More

by Jason Pride | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

Hy-Vee How-To Counter Signs

 

Hy-Vee is excited to announce the launch of a new series of “How To” videos, educating customers on quick and easy meal solutions. These YouTube videos focus on items from Hy-Vee’s full-service meat and seafood departments and can be accessed through a QR code that is placed on corresponding items purchased in the meat and seafood departments.

Stickers like the ones pictured below are placed on items, giving customers an easy way to access delicious recipes. Hy-Vee’s hope is that this will assist customers in new cooking techniques or encourage them to try a new product and prepare it with confidence.

Hy-Vee How-To stickers

Nearly 30 videos have already been launched, with dozens more in production. Many cuts of meat and seafood are featured. For Seafoodies, some video recipes you may enjoy are: Mahi Mahi Tacos, Simple Seasoned Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, Crab with Garlic Butter Sauce, Seared Tuna Steaks with Pineapple-Peach Salsa and Easy Baked Tilapia. The videos average about a minute in length, letting chefs enjoy a quick overview and then get to work. The video pages also have a link to the full recipe.

View the Mahi Mahi Tacos video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWFiMwxG21w&list=PLSpULMuslSprlZr2shIOZNkOh_zVzxq-2&index=21

Seafood You Can Trust

by John Rohrs | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

When it comes to quality and freshness, Hy-Vee always wants to be the best at it. That’s why Hy-Vee placed a full-time U.S.D.C. Lot Inspector onsite at PDI, our perishable distribution center in Ankeny, Iowa.

The inspector examines all of our fresh and frozen seafood to ensure that products meet all of Hy-Vee’s standards and specifications. This is a voluntary program that goes above standard government requirements for seafood.

Seafood is a global industry, which requires Hy-Vee to source responsible seafood from all over the world. Having a full-time government inspector in our warehouse every day, inspecting the products we bring in, helps us to ensure that we are truly sending our stores and customers the freshest, highest quality responsibly sourced seafood in the Midwest.

I have worked with Bryan Sauve, our inspector, for several years now. He is one of the most thorough and knowledgeable people I have ever met in the industry. He takes pride and ownership in what he does. We are very thankful to have him onsite and as a part of our seafood program. He has helped Hy-Vee create one of the best seafood programs in the country.

Our customers can buy Hy-Vee seafood with confidence, knowing that they are bringing home some of the best seafood available.

Grilled Red Snapper with Fresh Avocado, Tomato And Corn Salsa

by Andrew Kintigh | Recipes | Leave a comment

Serves 4.

All you need:

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 4 red snapper fillets, thawed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen sweet corn
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. Prepare grill for medium-high heat grilling.
  2. Combine cumin, cayenne, paprika and salt. Season fish with spice mixture and place flesh side down on a well-oiled grill. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily.
  3. Meanwhile in a bowl, combine avocado, tomato, corn, cilantro, red onion, lime juice and hot sauce; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve warm fish with chilled salsa on top.
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