Farmed salmon ‘fly­ing off shelves’ in US

Fish Farmer - - World News -

CHILEAN salmon sup­pli­ers are be­gin­ning to see early signs of re­cov­ery in the US food­ser­vice sec­tor as states and coun­ties be­gin to emerge from coro­n­avirus lock­down re­stric­tions to vary­ing de­grees., re­ports In­traFish.

Where restau­rants and some tourist at­trac­tions are start­ing to re­open, din­ers can ex­pect to face strict so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures with ca­pac­i­ties run­ning at a max­i­mum of 50 per­cent, de­pend­ing on state pol­icy. In Mis­sis­sippi, for ex­am­ple, af­ter the state’s stay-at-home or­der ex­pired on April 27, restau­rants were al­lowed to serve some cus­tomers be­gin­ning on May 7, but plans for a wider re­open­ing of busi­nesses were shelved af­ter the state saw its largest sin­gle-day in­crease in re­ported cases and deaths.

By con­trast, New Jer­sey has al­lowed lim­ited re­open­ings for cer­tain busi­nesses and sec­tors, but the state re­mains largely un­der lock­down mea­sures.

Florida al­lowed lim­ited open­ings for restau­rants and stores in most coun­ties be­gin­ning on May 4.The last two re­main­ing coun­ties shut down in the Sun­shine State be­gan re­open­ing on May 18.

‘As restau­rants start to open we are see­ing our cus­tomers com­ing back and or­der­ing,’, said Ca­man­chaca US CEO Ce­sar Lago.

‘It’s still too early but we are see­ing very pos­i­tive signs.”

The com­bi­na­tion of lower prices, na­tion­wide in-store pro­mo­tional cam­paigns added to gaps in sup­ply of meat and poul­try have helped stoke in­ter­est in salmon among con­sumers.

At these lev­els Lago said salmon has been ‘fly­ing off the shelves.’

‘Salmon is get­ting into more peo­ple’s mouths and I think the long term of this is go­ing to be [higher] con­sump­tion of salmon,’ he said.

Left: Salmon farm in Chile.

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