Fish Update Briefing Friday August 18th

HEAD TO HONG KONG, SEAFOOD LEADERS  URGED
THE  organisers of this year’s Seafood Expo Asia say visitors will have  an unparalleled opportunity to discover a variety of seafood products, services and equipment from Asia and around the world when the trade event, produced by Diversified Communications, returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 5-7. Building on last year’s successful event, which attracted more than 8,800 seafood professionals from 69 countries, the 2017 edition of Seafood Expo Asia will feature a rich programme of content with a host of innovative brands and exhibits, making it the ideal platform for industry professionals to source the latest products, meet face-to-face with new and existing suppliers, hear from experts on current trends in the industry and participate in exciting special events. According to the World Bank, the Asia Pacific region will account for 70 per cent of global fish consumption by 2030.

ALASKAN CROWNED US KING SEAFOOD CHEF
THE  United States has a new king of seafood – and he hails from Alaska, the 49th state.  Chef Lionel Uddipa was presented with the crown  at the  14th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off held in New Orleans. His winning dish was Alaskan King Crab with risotto and served with sea asparagus, salmon eggs and vanilla oil.The  scoring was based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavour. Chef Udippa works at the Salt Restaurant in Juneau, Alaska, where he was born and brought up.

RE-BRAND FOR FISH AND CHIP SHOP MEAT FAVOURITES
THEY can be found in almost every fish and chip shop in Britain – but they have nothing to do with the sea. Pukka Pies has re-branded its familiar product packaging especially for the fried fish trade. The packaging has been modernised with more contemporary brand colours and fonts, moving from black to charcoal, white to cream and neon orange to a warm, natural orange. The word ‘Pies’ has also been removed from the new brand mark to “future-proof for potential range diversification”, the company said, but it has been retained for its signage and products. Director Tim Storer said: “Ever since my father first started trading as Trevor Storer’s Homemade Pies 50 years ago, fish and chip shops and eating out venues have been – and always will be – the heartland of our business. “But, like any competitive company we also need to be responsive and nimble, and not sit still.

LERWICK FISH MARKET PLAN RECEIVES £1.18M
LERWICK  Port Authority in Shetland has received  around £1.18 million from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF)  to help  fund a local new fish market project. The plan is to build a larger and more modern market at a total cost of just over £6-million. The Scottish government has promised a further £400,000. This EU funding, which will end when the UK leaves the EU, bring the Lerwick fish market project a significant step closer. The main contractor for the project is expected to be announced shortly.

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