Hy-Vee is making great strides in its efforts to meet the 2015 Responsible Sourcing Commitment. As of December 2014, 79 percent of Hy-Vee’s fresh and private label frozen seafood meet the goal of being responsibly sourced and traceable or in a time-bound improvement process by year-end 2015. This is an enormous improvement, rising more than 10 percent since an analysis conducted in September.
The major contributing factor is Hy-Vee’s follow-through on its commitment to transition all farmed shrimp to sources certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) standard for shrimp. BAP-certified shrimp come with a guarantee from an on-the-ground auditor that the farms and processing facilities are not causing undue harm to the environment. As more of Hy-Vee’s shrimp is BAP-certified, you can expect to see more fresh and frozen shrimp items displaying the Responsible Choice label.
Hy-Vee continues to work to meet and exceed the targets of the Responsible Sourcing Commitment. If the most recent analysis is any indication, Hy-Vee is determined and will succeed in meeting its goals.