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Seafood trends at US restaurants, Greenpeace ranks grocers

July 17, 2015

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The whole point of catching fish is to have it end up on dinner plates.  Most Americans eat their seafood at restaurants and the top fish dish at the Top 500 fast-casual restaurants is salmon, although cod is quickly becoming a big menu favorite. Crab dishes also have ticked up by nearly 2 percent on US restaurant menus.

That’s according to Chicago-based Technomic which for 45 years has tracked and analyzed the US food industry.  A new report says that only six percent of seafood entrees occur on menus at fast-casual eateries, and 54 percent of diners said they would like to see more seafood varieties.

Shrimp still ranks as America’s top seafood choice, but fast becoming a favorite is sushi. Sushi appetizers in their various varieties soared over 43 percent on menus so far this year compared to last, Technomic said, and many Americans are eating sushi on a regular basis – especially Millennials, people born between   1980 and the mid-2000s.

Switching from restaurants to supermarkets  – 82 percent of the nation’s top 25 grocery chains got passing grades this week from Greenpeace for their eco-friendly seafood practices and protection of workers’ rights.

In its 9th annual Carting Away the Oceans Report,  Whole Foods topped the scorecard for the third year running, followed by Wegman’s, Hy-Vee, Safeway and Target.  Failing grades went to Publix, Southeastern Grocers, Roundy’s, A&P and Save Mart.

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