The Billingsgate Gossip
4th October 2015
Seafood Week - Just 5 Days to Go
There are just five days to go till the start of Seafood Week, the annual celebration of seafood organised by Seafish, the industry authority. Running 9th-16th October, Seafood Week is all about getting more people to eat more seafood, more often.
From catching and processing to retail and foodservice, there is still time for everyone across the industry to get involved in the campaign.
Chefs, retailers and businesses across the UK have been getting involved with lots of different activities scheduled to take place during Seafood Week. From special menus to daily deals and competitions, industry has been getting behind the campaign to bring Seafood Week to as many customers as possible.
The Seafood Week website has been updated with expanded content to show how easy it is for consumers to eat seafood their way. The Fish of the Day Cook Me 8 Day Meal Planner contains recipes and lots more about the eight different species we're focusing on during Seafood Week. The Buy Me guide is full of top tips about buying and preparing fish and shellfish, while the Dine Me section takes you to the new Seafood Week Map showcasing what's on offer to consumers.
There are still opportunities to get on board, plan an event and get the Seafood Week message out there, just download the toolkit to get involved. Sign up to become a partner organisation and have your name and logo added to the website; see the Seafood Week website for more information.
The seafood week toolkit can be found here;
And a whats on guide here;
21st September 2015
Seafood Week 9th-16th October
Seafood Week 9th-16th October is the annual celebration of seafood organised by Seafish, the industry authority. Returning by popular demand, Seafood Week is all about getting more people to eat more seafood more often.
From catching and processing to retail and foodservice, there are lots of opportunities for everyone across industry to take part in the campaign - visit the Seafood Week website for more ways to get involved.
Seafood Week Seafood Shopper & Consumer Insight Seminar
As part of Seafood Week Seafish is pleased to invite industry to the Seafood Shopper and Consumer Insight Seminar at the Humber Royal Hotel, Grimsby on Tuesday 13th October.
Hosted by Seafish, this free event offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the behaviour of the seafood shopper, their purchase habits and decision making. Presentations from market insight experts will look at areas including the growing foodservice market, upcoming trends and consumers' attitudes to sustainability.
Seafish will be presenting the results of recent market segmentation research undertaken with Experian, YouGov, TGI and Kantar. The research identifies key groups of seafood consumers and how they can be effectively targeted to buy and eat more seafood.
Places for this free event are limited so to book please email email@example.com with your details. More details can be found on the events page of the Seafish website or view the agenda by clicking here
3rd September 2015
By George! He's Britain's youngest fish champ
Jenny Hjul - Fishupdate.com 1st September
BRITAIN has its youngest ever Fish Craftsman of the Year. He is 19-year-old George Hooper, who took the top prize at the 2015 British Fish Craft Championships held in the Grimsby resort town of Cleethorpes over the weekend.
He also picked up an unexpected bonus by winning an all expenses trip to Norway to see for himself how the country has built such an impressive fishing industry.
The prize was donated by Magnus Skretting of Marine Harvest Sterling White Halibut and a similar visit has also gone to Cardiff fishmongers E. Ashton, which provided last year's champion.
George, who entered the contest last year and did well, said he and his family were 'absolutely delighted' at his success, adding that he was looking forward to visiting Norway.
It was also a fitting start to his new business. George and his parents, Gary and Caroline Hooper, have just opened a new fresh fish shop in the centre of Bedford (GCH Fishmongers).
Gary is a former president of the National Federation of Fishmongers, which has been organising the contest for the past 60 years.
He said: 'The federation has around 1,200 members and our numbers are growing. People are getting tired of the big supermarkets. They prefer a nice friendly face at the counter – someone they can talk to.'
This is the second year in succession that the championships have come to the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area.
Gary said: 'We have been given a fantastic reception and great support from the local council and industry, particularly from Steve and Richard Stansfield at Flatfish, Martin Boyers from the fish market and Chris Sparkes from the Grimsby FMA and Jaines & Son.'
Next year the contest moves to Fishmongers Hall in London, when it will be open to overseas teams from Norway and France for the first time.
But Gary insisted: 'We will definitely be coming back to Grimsby and Cleethorpes in the not too distant future.'
Read more at www.fishupdate.com
3rd September 20152015 British Fish Craft Champion - George Hooper of GCH Fishmongers, the youngest ever winner.....
Full results of the 2015 British Fish Craft Championships are available now, please click here to view!
8th August 2015Ethics top the agenda at September's World Seafood Congress
The issue of human ethics will make its first appearance on the agenda of The World Seafood Congress, which is being hosted in Grimsby (England, UK) from 5-9 September.
Over the last year, the seafood industry has been convening on the issue of ethics and the welfare of people involved in the global seafood supply chain. Expanding on discussions from February's Seaweb Seafood Summit in New Orleans, international experts will address delegates on day one of the Congress, highlighting social challenges, ethical issues and labour rights in a dedicated session chaired by Jacqueline Alder of the FAO.
Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy at Seafish, will present recent work on 'Addressing social challenges in the seafood supply chain'.
Sticking to the same theme, Mariah Boyle, Traceability Division Director at FishWise, will present on 'Protecting labour rights in seafood supply chains'.
And finally, Seafish Consultant, Roger Plant, will reveal the findings of a research project to assess the ethical issues impacting seafood species landed in and imported to the UK in his presentation 'Assessment on ethical issues in the UK seafood supply chain'.
"Sadly, in some areas of the world, unethical practices in the seafood industry are present. It's important that these issues are robustly addressed and that those operating in the sector work together to improve working conditions and protect those at risk.
"I look forward to seeing how these sessions will encourage the industry to bring about change and create a sustainable, ethical future for operators across the world." Tom Pickerell, Technical Director, Seafish
With less than six weeks to go, make sure you book your place by clicking here.
2nd August 2015Seafood Week
The countdown is on for Seafood Week 2015. Running from the Friday 9th to Friday 16th of October, we're providing the focus to celebrate the very best that seafood has to offer.
Seafish is proud to be providing the platform to rally industry, the media and consumers to enjoy more seafood. With over 100 types of seafood available to buy in the UK on any given day we have a lot to celebrate.
The aim of Seafood Week is simple; let's get more people, to eat more fish, more often! We're looking to set the framework for the week, but to really make a difference we need to get seafood businesses up and down the country on-board and really help us create a buzz and greater reach to showcase all the great things we know and love about fish.
Whatever your business, we are sure that working together with the rest of industry we can reallycreate a buzz around Seafood Week. Seafish will bring Seafood Week to the masses with a full communications and marketing plan that will include media, advertising, and tools that businesses can use to get more people eating more fish.
If you want to have a chat about how you and your business can get involved with Seafood Week, simply hook up with Nikki Hawkins, one of our Foodservice experts at Seafish, or Heather Middleton for all things Marketing related.
To be kept up-to-date of our latest plans for Seafood week simply head over to our consumer website Fish is the Dish and complete our Seafood Week form and we'll keep you posted by email in the run up to this fantastic week-long focus of activities.
21st July 2015World Seafood Congress 2015
Limited places now remaining, book yours now on their webiste www.wsc2015.com
6th May 2015Scot-Hatch Susatinable Scallops
Scot-Hatch Ltd is based on the North West coast of Scotland and is focused on producing high quality diver caught King Scallops and are committed to perfecting the technique of "Scallop Ranching", new to Scotland and the UK but common place in other parts of the world.
To help make their ideas a reality they have entered Virgin Business' Pitch to Rich 2015 - to help gain funding for the initiative and have been shortlisted to continue, read more about their progress and show your support for this great idea at http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/new-things/scot-hatch-limited/
For more information on their techiniques and company please visit their website http://scot-hatch.com/
27th March 2015Shellfish Association of Great Britain's 46th Annual Conference
The Shellfish Association of Great Britain would like to invite members to their annual conference over the 19th and 20th May - please click on the photograph below for more information - or contact us for a booking form.