Daily Recap, April 8: Aldi UK drops smoker abruptly; Norway record, Scottish salmon price

Here’s a recap of the daily seafood news for Friday, April 8:

Aldi UK abruptly abandons its smoked salmon supplier

The UK branch of German discounter Aldi Sud has abruptly abandoned Yorkshire-based smoked salmon supplier Bleiker’s Smokehouse, sources have told Undercurrent News. As a result, Aldi is asking other smokers to start stocking up, sources said. Click here for the full story.

Norway and Scottish salmon prices break records as Chile rebounds

Spot prices for Norwegian farmed salmon surged above NOK 100 ($11.45) a kilogram to hit a new Easter high, with Scottish prices following suit, while the recent drop in Chilean prices also rebounded before week 15, sources told Undercurrent. Click here for the full story.

Russian whitefish exports not included in latest sanctions, EU confirms

The European Commission has officially unveiled its latest wave of sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, and once again Russian exports of whitefish are not included among the affected imported goods. Click here for the full story.

Hearing used to argue SIMP expansion would better block Russian seafood

Champions of the expansion of the seafood import monitoring program argued on Thursday that such a move would not only help end slave labor in commercial fishing, but also prevent Russian seafood from enter the United States from other countries, especially China. Click here for the full story.

UK seafood companies warn labor shortages have ‘halved profitability’

Several seafood companies in the south west of the UK – and one in Scotland – have warned a government inquiry that labor shortages are having a direct impact on profitability and the future of the sector. The UK Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee concluded in its report, published at the end of March 2022, that it had been “struck by the government’s failure to grasp labor issues faced by the food and agriculture sector” in the UK, and “the actual experience of businesses on the ground”. Click here for the full story.

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