As we approach the year-end and the end of our 18th year in operation; we'd like to take a moment and thanks you for your support throughout the year and wish you and your family a joyful and warm Holiday Season.
Your support and feedback helped us reach a number of milestones in 2013, which in the end, allowed us to meet your expectations and grow with you.
Throughout the year, our passionate farmers and fishermen around the world, work and monitor each farm with the goal to bring you a pure, sustainable, chem-free product. This year, we expanded our BAP certified Tilapia operations in Colombia. In February, our partner tilapia farm, Piscicola New York received BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) certification at the plant level; followed by Piscicola El Rosario, who received BAP certification at the farm level in August.
Following a successful seafood show in March, we expanded our product offerings and were honored to introduce Cold Water Fisheries Steelhead Trout and Norwegian Organic Salmon to our product line.
After months of hard work, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium recognized our sustainable operations and published an updated Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide in which our Tilapia farmed in Ecuador was the first one in Central and South America listed as "Best Choice" of seafood to purchase.
All our expansions and achievements in the past 18 years, wouldn't be possible without the continued support from loyal customers like you and instrumental team players such as; logistics (domestic and foreign), truckers, warehouses, customs brokers, sales, marketing, accounting, NGOs, producers and processors. Thank you all for your undivided support, we look forward to working with each of you in 2014.
From our team to yours, we wish you a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!
As most Americans know, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, when settlers and Native Americans sat down for a three-day feast in celebration of goodwill.
Ever since 1863, when Abraham Lincoln officially set the final Thursday in November as Thanksgiving, it has filled our minds (and stomachs) with visions of turkey, potatoes, turnips and pies. Contrary to popular belief however, turkey played a very minimal role in the first Thanksgiving.
Although there is no official record of the menu served during the most famous meal of the 17th century, historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Being that this festival took place in a coastal area, historians believe that seafood played an important role in the first Thanksgiving meal. It is likely that much of the menu consisted of fish and shellfish, including, lobster, mussels, clams, oysters and bass.
Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower's sugar supply had diminished by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which along with turkey, have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.
Based on research by the Calorie Control Council, "the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat from snacking and eating a traditional dinner with turkey and all the trimmings'. The Food Research and Action Center reports that "two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese", that totals 154.7 million Americans age 20 or older, according to the American Heart Association.
We may be 392 years apart from the first Thanksgiving celebration, but it doesn't mean that we need to be bound to the conventional standards. While turkey may have become a Thanksgiving staple, in New England, lobster and other shellfish are frequently served alongside the bird. If that sounds up your alley, you should stop by your local fish market and bring a little of the sea to your Thanksgiving table (and maybe enjoy a more historic meal).
For this holiday season's kick off, we decided to go with a healthier menu option. Charred Texas Fiery Sweet Shrimp; this can be served as an appetizer or a side. If you're looking to make this, don't forget to use fresh Ecuadorian Blue Foot White Shrimp, you'll sure leave your guests asking for more!