In November 2018 we paid our annual visit to Asia: we combined a large fisheries and seafood fair in China with visits to the factories of our suppliers and a trip to South Korea, from where we source our Korean snow crab. (more…)
Cod is a universally prized food and the go-to whitefish for many consumers and cuisines around the world, with its snow-white, pearlescent flesh and gentle flavour proving particularly appealing for many centuries. Indeed, it’s believed to have been a component of the European diet since the Stone Age. (more…)
With a distinct colour variance ranging from dusty pink to bright apricot orange, salmon encompasses a wide variety of species and production methods. Commercially, the global salmon trade is dominated by wild Pacific and farmed Atlantic fish, both of which are supplied by Pittman Seafoods. (more…)
Canadian lobster is one of the main items in Pittman Seafoods’ product range. It’s the product we launched with many years ago and it continues to be a flagship product for our company. Each year, at the start of the lobster season, our purchaser Jennifer Vermeiren pays a visit to our lobster suppliers, either on her own or accompanied by colleagues from the sales or quality departments.
This year, in May 2018, Jennifer embarked on a tour of the regions of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, the cradle of the Canadian lobster industry. (more…)
With approximately eight million tonnes traded annually, there are very few seafoods that can match the global appeal or economic importance of shrimp. Providing a nutritious, low-calorie alternative to meat, shrimp are a good source of vitamins B12 and D, iodine, iron, selenium and zinc.
The popularity of shrimp is further underpinned by their flexibility; they are well suited and celebrated in most cuisines and there are countless product formats and ways of preparing them. (more…)
For Pittman Seafoods, Chile is an important country for the supply of salmon, crab and mussels. For several years now, we have been the majority shareholder in Omega C-Foods, which specialises in sourcing, quality control and shipping. This means we also make regular visits to the country. In May 2018, Joke Vandepitte and Dieter Sanders (CEO’s of Pittman Seafoods) went to visit the twelfth region, in the south of the country. (more…)
The recent 2018 edition of Seafood Expo Global (SEG), the world’s biggest seafood trade industry exhibition that’s held annually in Brussels, Belgium at this time of year, gave a stark reminder of the importance of seafood as one of the most-traded food commodities, with the total export value alone amounting to more than US$ 150 billion. But beyond the commercial aspects and the deals that were struck at this huge international stakeholder gathering, SEG18 further illustrated the growing significance of fisheries and aquaculture as sources of food, nutrition, income and livelihood for many millions of people around the world. (more…)
More often than not, when our oceans are discussed in the media it’s to highlight negative issues, such as pollution, habitat destruction, climate change, and over- or illegal-fishing. It’s an extensive and bleak list, yet while there are many challenges facing certain seas and coastal regions that should concern us as responsible citizens, there are also many positive actions taking place and optimistic results from which we can take some consolation as we head into 2018. (more…)