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Guardian + FishWise Interactive Article

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

FishwiseFishWise is a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy that works with Hy-Vee and other major U.S. retailers to promote the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally responsible business practices. We partnered with Hy-Vee in 2011, and since then, we have worked together determined to transform Hy-Vee’s seafood department into a top destination for sustainable seafood.

Recently, FishWise partnered with the Guardian to create an interactive article to raise awareness of seafood sustainability issues and progress, highlight key FishWise business partners as part of the larger sustainable seafood movement, and encourage consumers to choose seafood with a better understanding of sustainability. The article shines a spotlight on Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice labeling program as a model for promoting customer education and awareness of sustainable seafood at the seafood counter.

From the article: “One way that Hy-Vee ensures supplier accountability is by performing traceability audits on high-risk seafood products – tracking shipments from Hy-Vee stores back through the supply chain to the source, like a vessel or a farm, with FishWise’s help.”

Read the entire interactive Guardian piece featuring Hy-Vee, other retailers, restaurants and suppliers here:
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-seafood/ng-interactive/2016/mar/29/fish-supermarkets-albertsons-suppliers-tuna-fishwise-educate

Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon

by Dennis Frauenholz | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

Salmon CanalsOur favorite fish returns in May when the Alaskan season kicks off and eventually ends in September. But there are only so many fish that can be caught – a sustainability model that Alaska has perfected in order to allow us to have the best fish in the world year after year. So what do we do when we can’t get our favorite fresh wild fish? We have to turn to aquaculture to feed our need for salmon. However, not all aquaculture is created equal. There are some folks in New Zealand who are doing things in a different way, and it’s for the better.

Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon is as unique as the country it hails from. Nestled in the shadow of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, is a fish farming operation like no other. With King salmon bloodstock taken from descendants of the California King salmon, it starts with the best salmon available. From there Mt. Cook uses glacier water that is both cold and pristine to fill canals that house the salmon stock. The swift water simulates a river environment and keeps the fish fit and healthy. The operation hand feeds them a diet of fishmeal that is non-GMO and sustainable. It doesn’t rely on antibiotics and chemicals, and it doesn’t overstuff their pens with salmon so they can be kept happy and healthy.

What does that mean for us? It means we get the best alternative to fresh wild salmon without harmful side effects to the environment. And, of course, these fish taste really good.

Mt. Cook lpine SalmonI find the flavor to be a bit milder compared to its wild cousin. You can easily substitute this salmon in any wild salmon recipe you have and you will be delighted. One of the great attributes of King salmon is its size. It’s the biggest salmon available and we get some nice thick fillets from Mt. Cook salmon. It has a really rich oil content, which I think makes it the best salmon to smoke. When smoked, it comes out very moist and tender with a wonderful flavor.

This fish never touches salt water like its fresh counterparts. They spend their whole life cycle in fresh water, and that in itself gives them a unique flavor all their own. Most salmon is raised in pens in the ocean without the fast-moving fresh water that these King salmon enjoy. You can see why they are so unique and so good: the best water, the best food, the best stock, the best care and the best processes available.

I think Mt. Cook salmon in a way is much like Hy-Vee. When you take ownership of your product, you produce the best product. These people care about their fish and it shows in the final product and that’s why they are a great partner for Hy-Vee. If you have never tried it, you really should. Mt. Cook is a salmon that I am proud to sell, and I think you will be more than satisfied and maybe a bit surprised when you take it home!

Don’t Be A Chicken About Seafood!

by Megan Callahan | Health | Leave a comment

There’s no need to be afraid when it comes to cooking and eating seafood. If you select the right seafood, and choose simple cooking methods, you can rest assured your dish will not only please your family’s taste buds, but also put them on the path to a healthy future.

Why is seafood the superhero of the kitchen? Eating seafood two to three times per week may reduce your risk of heart disease and can help maintain brain health. Seafood contains several healthy nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamins like A, E, D and C, and it doesn’t have all the saturated fat as the same serving of other protein choices.

Here’s even more good news— anyone can cook seafood! The key to whipping up a spectacular fish-based dish that satisfies the entire family is to make the right selections: the right type of fish, the right cooking methods and the right recipes.

If you think you don’t like fish, remember that the flavor of these foods is considered to be the most variable among our basic foods. Different types of fish have completely different flavors and textures —“fishy” does not describe the majority of fish. Explore the sea and you’ll soon see the deliciousness it has to offer.

Fish cook differently than meat; they are more delicate and cook at a faster rate. The best tool that any chef or home cook has in cooking fish is an instant-read thermometer, because fish can quickly go from being undone to overdone in a matter of minutes. Periodically check the temperature with a thermometer so you know when the final cooking point is nearing. Fish should be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, or until flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork.

If you are dealing with picky eaters, try incorporating fish into recipes that are familiar—such as tacos or burgers. The familiarity of those foods may make it easier for fish “newbies” to try (and hopefully enjoy) eating fish. Also, be sure to choose fresh, Responsible Choice fish from your Hy-Vee Seafood department. Fresh fish should never smell “fishy;” instead they should smell like saltwater and the sea coast or have a very faint (not strong) fish odor.

Your local Hy-Vee seafood department is here for all your seafood needs. Our commitment to protect the ocean resources through our Responsible Choice program is an integral part of our sustainability mission to do business in a manner that promotes the well-being of our customers, employees, communities and the global environment. It’s just one reason why I’m so proud to be a part of the Hy-Vee team! Look for Responsible Choice seafood at your Hy-Vee today.

World’s Premium Whitefish

by John Rohrs | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

Responsible Choice Alaska halibut’s eye-catching pearl white flesh and mild, slightly sweet flavor is sure to satisfy any seafoodie’s appetite. Many consider it to be the “steak” of seafood due to its versatility in the kitchen for many signature dishes. The largest of all flatfish, Alaska halibut can grow well over 300 pounds and are referred to by many fisherman as “barn boards” because of their impressive size.

Commercial halibut fishing began more than a century ago in the 1890s. Company-owned steamers carried several small dories or two-man rowboats. It was quite different compared to today’s modern-day halibut boats, which are much larger and versatile for use in all types of Alaska species fisheries.

Each year the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) uses scientific data to manage and establish the season and determine catch limits. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Alaska is responsible for allocating the catch limits among users and user groups fishing off Alaska and developing regulations for the fishery, in line with commission recommendations.

The commercial halibut fishery is very selective in the fish catches, and the bycatch is minimal. This is due to the extremely large circle hooks used when setting longlines. The circle hooks also increase the catch rates and improve the survival rate of undersized halibut that are caught and released. Other regulations, devices and gear restrictions are enforced to also help reduce bycatch and minimize habitat damage.

Because of these excellent management practices, Hy-Vee proudly places the Hy-Vee Responsible Choice logo on Alaska halibut throughout Hy-Vee’s seafood departments.

Hy-Vee customers can stop in now and try the fish to see why they are called the “world’s premium whitefish.” Have your choice between a nice thick fresh halibut steak or premium trimmed boneless halibut portion.

Introducing Fair Trade Certified™ Tuna: Q&A with Fair Trade USA

by Hy-Vee | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

By Ashley Apel

Hy-Vee is transitioning 100% of its private-label fresh and frozen tuna to Fair Trade Certified™. To help celebrate this monumental commitment, we asked Ashley Apel, Seafood Program Senior Manager at Fair Trade USA, to share her thoughts on the importance of responsibly sourced seafood.

Fair Trade Certified Tuna

  1. What is Fair Trade?

    Fair Trade is all about taking care of people and our planet. When you purchase products with the Fair Trade Certified™ logo, you’re not only getting a high-quality product, you’re supporting a system in which farmers, workers and fishermen are fairly compensated, fragile ecosystems are protected, and communities are empowered to build sustainable businesses. It’s a win-win.

    There are two important mechanisms that bring Fair Trade to life. The first is the Fair Trade Standard. To earn certification, each fishery must meet a set of rigorous, independently audited criteria that work to protect fundamental human rights of fishermen, enable transparent supply chains and protect the environment. The second important thing to remember is the Community Development Premium. For every pound of tuna sold, fishermen earn an additional amount of money that is earmarked for critical community projects, as identified by the fishermen themselves. This allows fishing communities to invest in the causes that matter the most to them, like education and health care.

  2. What products does Fair Trade USA certify?

    Fair Trade USA certifies more than 30 different categories, from tea, coconut and spices to grain, sugar and produce to even apparel and home goods. You can now find Fair Trade Certified™ products in nearly every aisle of the grocery store.

  3. Why does Fair Trade matter so much in seafood?

    Recent investigations have exposed a number of environmental and social abuses in the seafood industry. Roughly 30% of the world’s fisheries are overfished, according to FAO. If unchecked, many varieties of seafood we’ve come to know and love may go extinct. Human trafficking and forced labor are also major issues in parts of the industry. An increasing number of reports show that individuals, particularly in Southeast Asia, are lured onto fishing vessels with promises of steady jobs and higher pay, only to find themselves working around the clock in dangerous conditions, often without pay. Some have even lost their lives.

    Fair Trade Certified TunaFair Trade USA’s seafood program is really the first of its kind to address both social and environmental challenges in the seafood sector. Standards for marine resources ensure that fisheries are managed legally and responsibly, preventing further overfishing. At the same time, social and human rights standards prohibit forced labor and empower fishermen with better working conditions, improved terms of trade, and additional income to invest in their businesses and communities.

    Fair Trade Community Development Premiums can also help foster collaboration among previously isolated groups of fisherman. Premiums encourage fishermen to work together to identify and execute projects like health clinics or schoolhouses. This cultivates a sense of community that in turn makes fishermen less vulnerable to exploitation by outside parties.

  4. What does Fair Trade aim to do in fishing communities?

    The goal of the Fair Trade seafood program is to build more resilient livelihoods in fishing communities. It’s about improved working conditions and wages for fishermen so they can better care for themselves and their families. It’s also about helping fishermen gain greater access to capital in the form of Community Development Premiums, as investments made with this extra income can improve community welfare.

    Finally, Fair Trade focuses on environmental stewardship in fishing communities. Our NGO partners and field staff on the ground work with fishermen to improve their fishing practices and preserve marine ecosystems, ensuring that fishing remains a viable profession for generations to come.

  5. What do you want shoppers to know when they see tuna with the Fair Trade Certified™ label?

    Every dollar we spend is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. When you purchase Fair Trade Certified™ tuna, you’re voting for sustainable livelihoods, thriving fishing communities, and healthy marine populations. You’re voting for safe working conditions, equal rights for women, and prohibitions of both slavery and child labor. Most people want to make a positive difference in the world, and with Fair Trade it’s easy. Fair Trade Certified™ tuna empowers shoppers to turn the tides for fishermen, one purchase at a time.

Hy-Vee’s takeaways from the Seafood Expo North America conference

by Jason Pride | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

The 2016 Seafood Expo North America was held March 6-8. Hy-Vee seafood experts made the trip to Boston to experience the second-largest seafood industry trade show in the world.

The Hy-Vee and PDI teams had productive meetings with many of Hy-Vee’s current and potential new seafood suppliers, gathering information and establishing relationships for the future.

There were thousands of suppliers available for conversation, which was an excellent opportunity for Hy-Vee to make connections. The conference featured more than 20 educational sessions presented by top seafood industry experts, covering the most important and timely issues relevant to today’s seafood business environment.

One of the most notable breakout sessions was titled, “New Tools for Seafood Businesses to Understand Human Rights Risk and Improve Social Compliance.” Moderated by FishWise, Hy-Vee’s nonprofit partner in sustainable seafood, the session addressed human rights and labor violations – globally and domestically – and the challenges the seafood industry faces. Human trafficking and forced labor in seafood production are increasingly reported despite the development of ethical standards, audits and certifications. Hy-Vee and other attendees heard from a diverse panel of industry and human rights experts working to address social issues in the seafood sector.

The Hy-Vee seafood team enjoyed the time in Boston and had the opportunity to thank our seafood suppliers – in person – for their help with reaching our Responsible Choice commitment. Our team looks forward to working with the new vendors we met and offering new information and potentially new products to our customers.

To find out more about the show, visit the Seafood Expo website: http://www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america/conference

Creamy Responsible Choice Shrimp Sauté with Bacon & Peas

by Andrew Kintigh | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shrimp Saute RecipeServes 4.

All you need:

  • 1 pound uncooked farfalle pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 strips bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 pound raw, peeled, deveined (51 to 60 ct) Responsible Choice shrimp
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed

All you do:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil; add pasta and boil until cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat oil and fry bacon until crisp-tender. Add the garlic and shallot; sauté until fragrant. Add shrimp and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add white wine and reduce by half. Stir in heavy cream, salt, pepper and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Add cooked pasta and peas to the pan and toss until sauce coats all ingredients. Season pasta to taste with salt and pepper and top with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Simple Responsible Choice Salmon

by Stacey Wertzberger | Recipes | Leave a comment

When you’re looking for an easy yet delicious option for dinner, don’t count seafood out. This simple Responsible Choice salmon recipe is quick and satisfying.

All you need:

  • 4 (5 to 6 oz each) Responsible Choice salmon fillets
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Cooked quinoa and vegetables, for serving

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place salmon, skin-side-down, on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake until salmon is cooked through, the internal temperature should reach 145 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce and mustard in a medium skillet and heat over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Remove from heat and ladle sauce over salmon.
  4. If desired, serve salmon over a bed of quinoa and a side of vegetables for a wonderful lunch or dinner.

The Perfect Shrimp. The Perfect Partner.

by John Rohrs | Our Seafood | Leave a comment

When the PDI Seafood Buying Team is sourcing seafood for Hy-Vee, quality comes first. The team demands perfection when looking for a supplier. And that’s what the team found in Paul Piazza and Son and Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice wild shrimp program: the perfect shrimp with the perfect supplier.

Since Paul Piazza began selling fresh seafood from New Orleans’ famous French Market 120 years ago, the fourth-generation family-owned and operated business has been driven by passion and commitment to supplying the country with the freshest, best-tasting and highest quality Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp that the nutrient-rich in-shore waters of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico have to offer.

Paul Piazza and Son is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Premium Gulf of Mexico Domestic Shrimp is its only business. It is one of the largest processors in the domestic industry and has the capacity to offer over 25 million pounds of Gulf Domestic Shrimp from its state-of-the-art USDC plants in Louisiana and Texas.

Renewed Standard of Excellence

Like much of the New Orleans region, Paul Piazza and Son’s business was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Owners and managers looked at the situation as an opportunity to not only rebuild, but also reinvent their company, increase their capabilities and achieve their goal of becoming the source for premium Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp.

Re-energized, they opened a state-of-the-art processing facility in Delcambre, Louisiana, and modernized their New Orleans plant using cutting edge technology. They also expanded their distribution and product mix.

This expansion and innovation has helped Paul Piazza and Son become the shrimp sourcing, processing and national distribution powerhouse that it is today.

Premium Process

Paul Piazza and Son’s vertically integrated shrimp processing business keeps it as close to its products as possible and allows it total quality control — from the moment the shrimp is harvested from the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf until it’s delivered to your Hy-Vee store.

Paul Piazza and Son contracts the Gulf’s top shrimp boat captains to work exclusively with its company. The committed boats then unload their catch of wild-caught white and brown shrimp in the company’s state-of-the-art processing facilities. The product is next sorted and packed to Hy-Vee specifications and then delivered to the PDI warehouse where it is ready to ship to your Hy-Vee store.

Paul Piazza and Son and Hy-Vee/PDI have plans to grow our partnership and look forward to expanding the Responsible Choice wild shrimp program in Hy-Vee stores, making it readily available for Hy-Vee customers’ dinner tables.

Responsible Choice Greek Salmon

by Stacey Wertzberger | Recipes | Leave a comment

Serves 4.Greek Salmon

All you need:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup small diced peeled cucumber
  • 1 tbsp dill weed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 (5 oz each) Responsible Choice salmon filets
  • 1/2 cup halved pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

All you do:

  1. To make cucumber yogurt sauce, combine Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill weed, garlic, celery salt and black pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook salmon, skin side up, for about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook another 3 to 5 minutes until the salmon is opaque and flaky.
  3. Transfer salmon to plate and top with cucumber yogurt sauce, olives, tomatoes and feta cheese.
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