EU Commission Delays Recommendation on Sweden's Proposed Live Lobster Ban Till Next Week
The EU’s Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species postponed issuing an opinion about Sweden's proposal to ban North American live lobsters from its market to the end of next week. According to Enrico Brivio, a spokesman for the EU Commission, committee members are still gathering information and need more time before weighing in on the proposed ban. An opinion was expected on August 31.
Mike Andres, president of McDonald’s Corp.’s U.S. division since 2014 will retire at the end of the year. “Mike has been relentless in his commitment to building a better brand,” McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement. “From significant strides in food quality to meaningful customer initiatives like all-day breakfast and forging an even stronger partnership between U.S. operators and the company, his commitment to our customers is unmistakable.” Chris Kempczinski, currently the executive vice president of strategy, business development and innovation, has been picked to succeed Andres. The change will be effective Jan. 1.
In other news, reports from Japan suggest that even though scallop production is down, export sales are slow at this time as buyers are not convinced they have seen a market bottom. The Hokkaido Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations said there is an effort to bring down scallop prices in order to increase sales domestically and to overseas markets, specifically to the US.
Meanwhile, Mexico announced the start dates to commercial inshore and offshore wild shrimp fishing. The inshore fleet will get its season going on September 12 while offshore trawlers will start on September 20.
Finally, Chicken of the Sea announced a donation of more than $80,000 in canned and pouched seafood to those impacted by the recent flooding in Louisiana. “We hope this shelf-stable product brings some small relief and nourishment to the Louisiana community affected by the severe flooding,” said Maureen McDonnell, Chicken of the Sea director of brand marketing. “Our hearts and thoughts are with all of those in the flood region.”
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