Hy-Vee Introduces Responsible Choice Seafood Program
By Grocery Headquarters Staff
Responsible Choice – two simple words that now bring a volume of information to Hy-Vee seafood customers. Hy-Vee shoppers will now see the blue and green Responsible Choice logos on select products in the seafood case. The Responsible Choice education program is part of Hy-Vee’s ambitious Seafood Procurement Policy that provides customers high quality seafood acquired through responsible methods and in accordance with the highest environmental standards in the food industry. “The Responsible Choice logo serves as a seal of approval that more and more of our seafood is responsibly harvested or raised, minimizing damage to the environment and other sea life,” said Hy-Vee’s Nate Stewart, Vice President of Perishables. “Responsible Choice assures our customers that their seafood is of the highest quality and that Hy-Vee is committed to the global environment.” Hy-Vee offers a diverse seafood selection to its Midwest customers and is dedicated to maintaining these high standards as the company implements the expanded seafood policy. To protect marine resources and ensure future seafood supplies, Hy-Vee has committed to sell responsibly sourced fresh and frozen seafood that is rated Green or Yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, certified to an environmental standard equivalent to these ratings, or is sourced from credible, time-bound improvement processes by the end of 2015. Hy-Vee’s Responsible Seafood Commitment and its comprehensive Procurement Policy were developed in partnership with FishWise – a non-profit organization focused on supporting sustainability through environmentally responsible business practices.