This month, the retailer is working with FishWise to honor National Seafood Month, an annual collaboration between the two to review best practices of its vendor partners to strengthen traceability and decrease environmental impacts.
For example, Albertsons focused on its domestic waterfront Bistro wild-caught shrimp product from the fishery Paul Piazza and Son, a family-owned business in Louisiana. FishWise and Albertsons conducted a comprehensive review of all available supply chain documentation to fully trace the wild-caught shrimp from the ocean floor to the stores. This assessment helped verify claims that the product is in fact sourced from a high-performing Fishery Improvement Project, is legally harvested, and undergoes robust traceability and data collection practices.
Albertsons said shrimp is America’s number one consumed seafood but some imported shrimp have raised concerns around impacts on the environment and social welfare. "Seafood products which utilize domestic fisheries, and are processed in the U.S., have a lower risk of being affiliated with labor issues,” said Michelle Beritzhoff-Law, FishWise’s Project Director. “However, reviewing the traceability systems for domestic products, as we did in this project, is still very important. Data collection and verification exercises help validate any social responsibility and environmental claims. We applaud Albertsons Companies for their due diligence and commitment to working with vendors to improve their seafood supply chain, she added."