What is Sustainable Seafood?
With two-thirds of the world’s seafood being over fished, sustainability has come to play a vital role in the foodservice industry. The sustainable seafood movement manages both wild-caught and farmed fish to ensure environmentally-friendly practices. Scientists weigh factors such as species population, harm to habitat, harm to other species, and management practices. Maines signature brand Pierport® is committed to sustainable sourcing methods and rigorous inspections for consistent, quality seafood.
So how does this affect your business?
1. Over 1 Billion People Depend on Seafood as Their Primary Source of Protein
Seafood is one of the most popular global protein sources on the market. With such heavy demand, the world’s seas are quickly depleting. Sustainable practices ensure seafood can be enjoyed for generations to come.
2. The Demand is Growing
It’s been estimated that the average American consumes 15.5 pounds of seafood per year (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.) Additionally, one-third of operators surveyed by Datassential say their seafood sales have increased in the last year. This makes seafood a crucial menu category.
3. Know Your Source
According to Technomic, 71% of millenials are more interested in where food is sourced than two years ago. With Pierport® seafood, you can serve from responsible sources from around the globe with thorough inspection from boat to table.
4. Make a Statement
Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the ethical practices of companies. Sustainability shows a commitment to ecological practices. In a survey by Datassential, more than half of consumers stated that humanely produced fish and seafood increases the overall appeal of both the dish and the restaurant. Tell a story with your sustainable seafood offerings and build your restaurant’s brand.
5. Sustainable is Profitable
As reported by Technomic, 67% of consumers are more likely to purchase sustainable offerings. Additionally, 30% are willing to pay more for these options. Be sure to highlight sustainability in your menu and be ready to inform customers of your sources. Combined with the upcoming lent season, menuing sustainable seafood from Pierport® is a prime opportunity to boost profits.