September 30, 2021
Now more than ever, consumers around the world are becoming aware of the sustainability impact of aquaculture, more commonly known as seafood processing. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) reveals that most consumers have little preference between farmed or wild seafood, but significant concerns exist about long-term sustainability efforts within the industry.
Like many other forms of food production, seafood processing presents its own inherent risks that range from harvesting and ecosystems to packaging and consumption. Consumers say they are most concerned about the public health and environmental impacts of seafood processing. Simply put, most consumers want to know where their seafood is caught, what standards are in place to regulate it, and how sustainable the packaging material is.
Today, the United States imports 85 to 95 percent of its seafood from foreign suppliers, but some countries lack specific standards for health safety and environmental protection. The United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) has implemented a range of regulations for seafood to ensure that consumer demands are met, businesses continue to thrive, and food safety protocols are enforced all while aiming to reduce the industry's environmental impact.
The COVID-19 pandemic has swiftly altered global consumer behavior, particularly the way individuals think about packaging. It comes as no surprise that consumers now emphasize a desire for more sustainable packaging solutions such as fiber-based materials and recycled plastic content. A substantial portion of consumers also indicate they are more willing to pay more for seafood if it is processed sustainably over the long term with appropriately labeled packaging.
As the leader in food packaging innovations, CRYOVAC® brand helps seafood processors reduce their environmental impact with fiber-based material options, like non-barrier vacuum bags and Darfresh® vacuum skin film. These innovative materials meet all USFDA food safety guidelines for oxygen transmission rate (OTR) and greatly enhance brand presence on the retail shelf. Paired with CRYOVAC® brand automated equipment, these cutting-edge solutions create a flawless finished package that produces minimal waste to further improve an operation’s sustainability footprint.