Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual-dining restaurant companies, has committed to source Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) product, as part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced on July 1.
“We are leading the way to higher sustainability standards through our work with the GAA, whose certification program has become one of the most influential forces in sustainably farmed seafood. All of our farm-raised seafood comes from certified, sustainable farms. We work closely with GAA to ensure our farmed seafood is sourced from BAP-certified facilities,” said Charlie Lousignont, senior vice president of supply chain management at Brinker International.
“GAA is very happy to add Brinker International to the growing list of restaurants companies that require BAP product as its benchmark. Brinker International is taking a very proactive approach to completing this task, and we are proud to help the company achieve its goal,” said Chris Keller, BAP market development manager.
Founded in 1975, U.S.-based Brinker International owns, operates or franchised 1,647 restaurants under the brands Chili’s® Grill & Bar (1,596 restaurants) and Maggiano’s Little Italy® (51 restaurants).
BAP is the world’s leading third-party aquaculture certification program, with more than 1,200 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills as of the end of May 2016. It’s also the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare, and traceability. Currently, more than 150 retail and foodservice companies and seafood suppliers worldwide have committed to source farmed seafood from BAP-certified facilities.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.