Phillips Foods Unveils Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Phillips Foods is pleased to announce a dynamic partnership to support the important mission of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to improve the world’s fisheries.
This new partnership reinforces Phillips passionate commitment to global seafood sustainability. Retroactive to the start of 2012, Phillips Foods will donate three cents per pound to SFP for all fish products sold worldwide.
Today, Phillips Foods is presenting the leadership of SFP with a check for $5,000 on the eve of The Boston International Seafood Show.
Phillips passionately believes that the seafood industry has a major responsibility to improve their source fisheries to ensure a bountiful supply of safe seafood for Operators and their customers for decades to come.
Operators purchasing Phillips Foods seafood products (initially includes Mahi, Tuna, Snapper, and Grouper) will be supporting sustainable seafood efforts through this innovative funding concept.
Steve Phillips, President and CEO of Phillips Foods, shares “SFP was the logical choice for our continued commitment to global sustainability. We recognize the importance of investing in fisheries to put them on the road to sustainability. SFP has tremendous experience working with fisheries to improve them as they have a great track record with us already in improving our source crab fisheries throughout Asia.”
Phillips Foods is jump starting this partnership by making their first donation to SFP during a Press Event in Boston today.
“The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is honored to be the recipient of Phillips Foods commitment to global sustainability to fund fisheries improvement programs” notes Jim Cannon, CEO of SFP.
“We believe that industry should play a key role in improving the fisheries on which they depend, and Phillips continues to demonstrate not only leadership, but a strong and tangible commitment to sustainable fisheries.”
In addition, all products under the Seawings fish platform (the exclusive seafood brand Phillips sells to Sysco) will trigger a donation of three cents per pound sold to be donated to SFP.
Ed Rhodes, Phillips Vice President for Sustainability, adds “this funding source will help SFP continue and extend their efforts to transition fisheries to sustainability. We are excited to announce this program today and hope this inspires other companies as well. Our vision coupled with SFP is one of healthy marine ecosystems, sustainable seafood supplies and a thriving, responsible seafood economy.”
Phillips Seafood Restaurants and Phillips Foods is a family-owned business founded in 1956 with headquarters in Baltimore. They are best known for their famous Maryland style crab cakes and seafood dishes bringing genuine Maryland style favorites to life served at more than 20 Phillips Seafood Restaurants throughout the Eastern time zone.
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) was founded in 2006 as an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) with a mission to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming.
Seawings is a seafood brand Phillips provides exclusively for Sysco consisting of seafood proteins and value-added seafood products. In 2010, the Seawings brand launched starting with a line of pasteurized blue swimming crab meat. Sysco and Phillips continue to work together to develop new products to add to the brand portfolio.