Albertsons Goes Fishing For Sustainable Sushi

by Ronald Holden
Feb 12, 2018 7:55 AM ET
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Albertsons added sushi to its “Top 5 by 2022” project, which promises that the five most popular wild and farm-raised seafood species used for sushi in its stores will be sourced sustainably and responsibly.

"Sushi represents a large and growing opportunity for retailers to affect positive change in seafood sustainability,” said Lori Dupre, whose job is to provide corporate support for Albertsons delis.

One immediate result: no more eel, whose populations are in decline.

Albertsons also will transition tuna, farmed salmon, farmed shrimp, and the whitefish species used for surimi (imitation crab) to responsible sources. These frequently used sushi ingredients will need to meet new standards (rated Green or Yellow) by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, or be sourced from farms and fisheries making measurable improvements.

The Top 5 by 2022 Sushi Commitment was developed through Albertsons’ ongoing partnership with FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy.

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