Bumble Bee is continuing a push to expand beyond shelf-stable seafoods with the acquisition of Anova Foods, a major US importer of sashimi frozen tuna and other tropical fish such as snapper, grouper and others from Vietnam and Indonesia. Anova has been recognized by the State Dept. for its work with WWF in Indonesia developing sustainable local tuna fisheries. Darren Zobrist, who will continue as President of Anova said ”The combination of Anova and Bumble Bee enables further growth of our business and enhanced service to our customers. We are excited to join with Bumble Bee as we continue to expand our business providing high-quality frozen seafood.”
MSC has completed a second round of DNA tests as part of its auditing the use of its ecolabel. They found that products with an ecolabel are 80% less likely to be mislabeled than non-labeled products. The rate of mislabeling for MSC, based on DNA identification, was around 1%; while a control group of non-labeled fish had a mislabeling rate of 5%.
The Pescanova saga may take a major step forward today as Damm group, the major shareholder, tries to get approval of an offer from a group of private equity buyers for the company. This would leave banks with about an 80% loss, and as 49% owners of the company. The board is also considering other proposals. The Damm group is trying to avoid a piecemeal breakup of the company, and plans to halt another proposed sale of Pescachile.
The Prowler fleet, operated by the Alaska Longline company, announced they have hired Michael Petersen as their new general manager. The four vessels fish for pacific cod, sablefish, and other species.