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PORTLAND, Maine – May 14, 2019 – Bristol Seafood announced today the launch of Maine-processed IQF haddock and cod fillets, loins and portions in response to customer demand for groundfish processed and frozen in the United States. 

 “Our distribution partners have been asking for frozen cod and haddock fillets, loins and portions that are cut and frozen in the United States with no added water or chemical additives, and we are pleased to answer the call” noted Dana Bartholomew, Vice President of Sales. “Our customers count on us for trusted, quality, storied products and our new American-made cod and haddock meets their needs as well as our uncompromising Maine standards.”

 Bristol’s new product line began shipping in April and features cod and haddock harvested in the North Atlantic that is hand-trimmed and flash frozen to Bristol’s uncompromising Maine standards at its Portland, Maine facility. The product line is available in the US, as well as for export to select areas. 

 For more information, contact Dana Bartholomew at danab@bristolseafood.com.

 

About Bristol Seafood

Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company has built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its uncompromising Maine standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first seafood company to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. The company is also certified to the MSC’s chain of custody standard and operates an SQF-certified processing plant. Bristol specializes in dry scallops, line-caught Norwegian haddock and cod, and wild Maine mussels.

 Press inquiries contact Irene Moon at irenem@bristolseafood.com or 207-318-3183.

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PORTLAND, Maine – March 12, 2019 – Bristol Seafood announced today the launch of MY FISH DISH, a retail line of high-quality, simple-to-cook seafood that takes you from fish to fabulous in three easy steps.

MY FISH DISH brings Bristol’s traditional promise of trusted, quality products to retailers, and includes seasonings, sauces, compound butters, and marinades to give the home cook a convenient way to achieve restaurant results. In addition, MY FISH DISH features a rate of sale guarantee for retailers that introduce the product in 2019.

The brand will debut at the Seafood Expo North America from March 17-19 at the Boston Convention Center.

“Today our products are requested by many of the best chefs in the country. We are excited to launch MY FISH DISH to enable home chefs to achieve that restaurant experience simply from the comfort of their home kitchens,” noted Iréne Moon, Vice President of Marketing. “Consumers want to put more seafood in their diet, but many are intimidated by fish. MY FISH DISH makes it a little bit easier to prepare seafood at home.”

For more information, visit Booth 305 at Seafood Expo North America, or contact Irene Moon at irénem@bristolseafood.com or 207-318-3183.

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Editor’s note:

About Bristol Seafood

Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company has built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its Uncompromising Maine Standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first seafood company to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Their state-of-the-art facility is certified by GFSI for food safety, MSC for sustainability, and Fair Trade for social welfare. Bristol specializes in dry scallops, line-caught Norwegian haddock and cod, and wild Maine mussels.

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Yesterday the New England Fishery Management Council announced key information regarding the upcoming US scallop season. While it still needs to be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service, we expect that it will be approved as submitted, as is often the case. The information below summarizes the release and reflects our first impression of the data.

The short version:
The Council is calling for the same amount of scallops in the 2019 season as the 2018 season, but it appears that the catch of U10 and U12 scallops could potentially decline, and it also implies that the Council expects lower catches per day in open area fishing.

The details:
Things we noticed in the release (Here are the releases for next season and the prior one for this season)

  • The NEFMC expects landings of “roughly 60 million pounds” of scallops in the upcoming 2019 season, which is the same as projected for landings in the current 2018 season.
  • Maintaining 24 open-area days at sea fishing days, the same as the current season
  • Increasing to seven closed-area fishing trips of 18,000lbs, up from six
  • The closed area fishing trips include:
    • Mid-Atlantic – 3 trips
    • Nantucket Lightship West – 3 trips
    • Flex Trip (choice of Mid-Atlantic, Nantucket Lightship West, or Closed Area 1 – 1 trip

The Council’s release makes us wonder if U10 and U12 landings will decline in 2019. 

  • According to our estimates, the areas in the 2018 season that produced the most U10s and U12s are Closed Area 1 and Nantucket Light Ship South (~50% of the catch in each of these areas qualified).
  • In 2018, vessels received one trip each into these areas, for a total of two trips into U10 and U12-rich fishing areas
  • Looking to 2019, there are three trips to Mid-Atlantic (~15% of catch in ’18 was U10 or U12), and three trips into Nantucket Light Ship West (~25% of catch in ’18 was U10 or U12), and one flex trip that can go to one of those two catch areas or Closed Area 1 (which was a more U10 or U12-rich fishing ground in ’18)
  • Overall, it looks like the trips to areas that have the most plentiful big scallops was reduced from two down to one (if, for example, all boats use their flex trips to go to CA1), which could** put some pressure on large scallop landings year-over-year
  • **It is important to note that the size range of closed areas can change year-to-year, meaning we could see more or less U10 and U12s coming out of these fishing areas in 2019. As such, even with what the Council is saying, we can’t take for granted that the catch of U10s and U12s will be down

If scallop season plays out as the Council suggests, 10-20 and 20-30 scallop landings will be similar to what we see this season

  • With the Council calling for 60 million pounds of landings, which they note is similar to last year, the implication is that although we may see some decrease in U10 and U12 scallops, the catch of 10-20 and 20-30 count scallops will be similar next season to what we see today.

The Council’s release implies a lower catch per day in open areas

  • The Council is calling for ~60m pounds of landings, which is the same as what they call for in the 2018 season.
  • In the 2019 season, they are keeping the open area fishing days stable at 24, and increasing the closed area fishing trips to seven, while maintaining the amount of scallops that can be landed in the closed areas at 18,000lbs per trip
  • Knowing that there is more closed area catch “quota,” the same number of open area days, and the same amount of scallops expected to be landed overall next season, together implies that the Council expects the catch per day in the open areas to decline

In closing:
The information we put together in this note reflects our initial read of the Council’s release and relies on their estimates, not our own. As we have time to digest this release and to also look at the information regarding imports of scallops to the US and exports of scallops from the US, we will put together and share our scallop market factbook (the one we did last year can be found here).

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PORTLAND, Maine – October 23, 2018 – Bristol Seafood announced today that Iréne Moon joined the company as Vice-President of Marketing. Mrs. Moon has significant experience in marketing and seafood having held sales & marketing roles at Diversified Communications, VNU Exhibitions, Resource Trading, and most recently, leading The Saucy Fish Co.’s sales and marketing efforts in North America.

Mrs. Moon noted “I am very excited to join a Maine based company who values innovation, quality and honesty. Bristol is investing greatly in their plant and their talent, to be a key partner for their customers and is on the path of significant growth. I am very keen to be part of this journey.”

Peter Handy, President & CEO noted “Iréne brings a wealth of experience, insight, and energy to our leadership team. I look forward to working with her as we create more high-quality, storied products for consumers around the world.”

For information about starting a career at Bristol, visit www.bristolseafood.com/careers.

About Bristol Seafood
Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its uncompromising Maine standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Also, the company is certified to the MSC’s chain of custody standard and operates an SQF certified processing plant. In 2017, Bristol reported record sales for the third consecutive year, received Portland’s Business of the Year award, and announced a $5 million expansion.

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PORTLAND, Maine – September 19, 2018 – Bristol Seafood announced today that it recently bolstered its sales organization with four new business development managers.

The new hires include Shawn DuBose in the Midwest, Chris Hinson in the South, and Kimberly Moore in the Midatlantic, each of whom was most recently employed by Handy Seafood. Also, John Pierce, who most recently led sales at IncredibleFresh Seafood, will cover the Northeast region.

The new team members join James Benson (West Coast) and Alane Riley (Southeast) in supporting Bristol’s continued growth.

“We are committed to finding the very best distribution partners and supporting them in-market to drive their growth and success. Our business development managers are the front line of this work, and I am pleased to lead such a terrific group,” noted Dana Bartholomew, Vice President of Sales.

For information about starting a career at Bristol, visit www.bristolseafood.com/careers.

About Bristol Seafood
Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its uncompromising Maine standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Also, the company is certified to the MSC’s chain of custody standard and operates an SQF certified processing plant. In 2017, Bristol reported record sales for the third consecutive year, received Portland’s Business of the Year award, and announced a $5 million expansion.

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PORTLAND, Maine – September 17, 2018 – Bristol Seafood announced today that it recently hired Stephanie Monks to lead its Portland, Maine-based customer service team. Ms. Monks most recently spent 18 years at Emery Waterhouse, where she held the role of Project Manager / Retail Services Manager.

Ms. Monks noted, “I am thrilled to be part of a growing Maine-based company that focuses on honesty and high-quality products.”

“Our customers choose to work with Bristol not just for our trusted, quality, and storied products, but also for the level of customer service we deliver. I am pleased to have Stephanie lead the charge as we continue our work of delighting customers with timely, thoughtful and responsive service,” noted Dana Bartholomew, Vice President of Sales.

For information about starting a career at Bristol, visit www.bristolseafood.com/careers.

About Bristol Seafood
Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its uncompromising Maine standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Also, the company is certified to the MSC’s chain of custody standard and operates an SQF certified processing plant. In 2017, Bristol reported record sales for the third consecutive year, received Portland’s Business of the Year award, and announced a $5 million expansion.

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