Related to work done in support of our seafood goal of shifting to sustainable sources, below are some product specific updates. (Going forward, we will provide updates on the following products as well as new products fitting the goal.)
Frozen Swordfish: We have stopped sourcing swordfish caught in Southeast Asia and are evaluating sources from US Pacific waters. While currently out of stock, we are working to develop new sources fitting our goal.
Frozen Barramundi Fillets: Coming this September 2013. From pioneers of sustainable aquaculture, the Barramundi are raised in clean waters according to low density farming practices in naturally un-crowded environments. Mercury and PCB free, Barramundi Fillets are high in protein and low in fat with mild, buttery, delicate flake.
Canned Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil: We have switched our sourcing from long-line catch methods to pole and line catch methods. We are working through existing inventory; and while we may have gaps in supply as we make the transition, we are working to stay in stock on this item. The new, pole & line caught product will have updated packaging reflecting the change and is anticipated to arrive on store shelves Fall/Winter 2013.
Canned Albacore Tuna: Our canned Albacore Tuna items are transitioning to sources using a circle-hook and nylon lead catch method; this is being done to help reduce bycatch. We are working through existing inventory and once we move into a supply of product caught with the new method, the packaging will be updated to reflect the catch method and is anticipated to arrive on store shelves Fall/Winter 2013.
Canned Skipjack Tuna: Coming this Fall/Winter 2013, Trader Joe's pole-and-line caught Canned Skipjack Tuna. The catch method helps to reduce bycatch, and because Skipjack mature at an early age, reproduce quickly, and are widely distributed, they are inherently resistant to fishing pressures and their numbers are considered sustainable. In addition, unlike other offerings in the marketplace Trader Joe’s Skipjack Tuna will be packed in water and NOT in soy broth.
We are in the process of developing a set of standards for our suppliers of farmed shrimp to cover concerns ranging from environmental impact of the aquaculture to the use of antibiotics to safety and traceability from the farms to our stores.
In keeping with our approach of not using GMO ingredients, we will not be offering genetically engineered salmon. We are in the process of developing a set of standards for our suppliers of farmed salmon to cover concerns ranging from environmental impact of the aquaculture to the use of antibiotics and hormones, to prevention of escape of farmed fish into the wild.
To support our efforts and our belief in proving our customers the opportunity to make educated decisions about what they purchase in our stores, we will be developing a comprehensive online guide to Trader Joe’s Seafood. This guide will provide details like fish species source and catch methods. In addition, it will incorporate helpful preparation tips and creative cooking ideas. Stay tuned…