NORWEGIAN AND ICELAND TRAWLER CHIEFS MEET UP
MEMBERS of the Norwegian Fishing Vessel owners association (Fiskebat) recently met their sister organisation from Iceland, known as LIU, to talk over a number of common issue and challenges facing the two organisations.
Among the issues discussed were fleet structure and crew wages and working conditions. Both countries are engaged in a major fleet renewal programme with several new trawlers on order.
However there are also disagreements, with the Norwegians remaining critical of Iceland’s self-declared mackerel quota.
RED LOBSTER MOVES INTO SOUTH EAST ASIA
THE Red Lobster chain has opened its first restaurant in South East Asia with a new outlet in the Malaysian capital Kula Lumpur.
If the venture is a success then it is likely that more restaurants will open in the region. The brand was established in 1968 by Bill Darden and the chain now has more than 700 restaurants in North America, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Japan.
Earlier this year Dardens sold their American red Lobster business to a Californian investment company.
NOW MOVIE WORLD EMBRACES SEAFOOD
COULD seafood be entering the world of Hollywood? Bumble Bee Seafoods, one of North America’s leading seafood companies, is teaming up with Exodus Film Group for a promotional partnership around the upcoming release of ‘The Hero of Color City’, a G-Rated animated children’s film.
The Hero of Color City is a full-length animated film directed by animation veteran (Disney, Dreamworks), Frank Gladstone, and voiced by an all-star cast including Christina Ricci, Craig Ferguson, Rosie Perez, Wayne Brady, and Jessica Capshaw.
It chronicles the adventures of a diverse band of crayons that come to life as a young boy named Ben drifts off to sleep.
The Bumble Bee character, inspired by Bumble Bee Seafoods’ own brand mascot and voiced by Sean Astin, is a playful and courageous master chef buzzing with energy.
GRIMSBY SMOKED FISH SUCCESS
TRADITIONAL Grimsby fish smoker, Alfred Enderby Ltd, has won runner-up for ‘Best Individual Product’ in the Slow Food London Awards for its smoked haddock.
This year hundreds of people voted, and recognising the sheer volume of votes – and in some cases very close results – the organisers decided to introduce a runner up category.
The company is one of a group of select traditional Grimsby fish smokers who have achieved European PGI status for their products.
Grimsby FMA chief executive Steve Norton said it was great news and showed the quality of seafood that was coming out of Grimsby.