From the Pacific to Your Plate: Ecuadorian Mahi Mahi meets Responsible Choice Standards

As one of the primary consumers of mahi mahi, other than people in areas of the Caribbean, U.S. residents have developed a taste for this lean, tropical fish. Hy-Vee is pleased to meet our customer demand by offering wild-caught mahi mahi in our cases daily. By partnering with Southstream Seafoods, Inc., Hy-Vee honors our Responsible Choice seafood initiative to provide a great-tasting product, while also paying close regard to food safety and the environment.

Founded in 1989, Southstream Seafoods was selected as Hy-Vee’s mahi mahi supplier for various reasons, including quality of product, responsible catch methods and management processes. Most important, Southstream, like Hy-Vee, recognizes consumer demand for confidence in quality and food safety.

Hy-Vee’s mahi mahi is sourced from the Ecuador coast using artisanal longlines, which are shorter than industrial longlines and thus prevent the accidental capture of non-target species like endangered sea turtles and sharks. The first step in the process, responsible catch methods are essential to promote environmental stewardship.

Once caught, the mahi mahi is landed alive and frozen within hours to maintain quality texture and flavor. Each fillet is then hand-cut for portion and quality control. From there, the product is shipped to and packaged in Everett, Massachusetts, and transported on refrigerated Hy-Vee trucks. Upon arrival in Des Moines, the fish is carefully reviewed by the full-time U.S. Department of Commerce inspector to ensure all quality, wholesomeness and weight requirements are met.

As an added benefit, once the mahi mahi hits your plate, it is low in saturated fat and a good source of vitamin B12 and B6, phosphorus, potassium, protein, niacin and selenium. It is known for its lean, firm and large flakes, mild flavor and usage in fish tacos.

Hy-Vee’s partnership with its suppliers extends beyond supply and demand. Our promise to provide a quality product you can feel safe feeding your family, while also remaining responsible stewards of the environment, is displayed through our Responsible Choice initiative. At Hy-Vee, we only partner with suppliers who exemplify the same sentiment as we hold that commitment to our customers with the utmost regard.

Author: John Rohrs

I’m John Rohrs, seafood purchasing manager at Perishable Distributors of Iowa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee established in 1982 to provide a central distribution system for perishable products to Iowa stores. In my job, I work with stores to help create more sales and educate employees on seafood. Through Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice initiative I’ve enjoyed meeting and communicating with vendors and creating the friendships that make our partnerships work.

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