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Best Aquaculture Practices Completes GSCP Equivalence Process

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), a division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, announced today that it has successfully completed the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Equivalence Process, becoming the world’s first third-party aquaculture certification program to do so. The GSCP Equivalence Process enables the benchmarking of existing standards against international best practices as set out in the GSCP Reference Tools. The process lasted nine months and involved an initial self-assessment of the BAP program followed by independent, third-party validation by an Equivalence Assessment Panel of international experts. The GSCP is part of The Consumer Goods Forum’s work to harmonize social … READ MORE “Best Aquaculture Practices Completes GSCP Equivalence Process”

BAP Steps Up Logo-Policing Program

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has stepped up its logo-policing program with the deployment of a data-collection application to ensure that the BAP logo is being used properly on retail-ready packaging, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early November. The BAP program integrity team has tapped Field Agent, a data-collection application that employs more than 700,000 “agents” worldwide to gather samples of data via crowdsourcing. The team then analyzes the data collected by the agents to determine if the BAP logo is being used properly. So far, of the 96 samples of packaged seafood products analyzed from 50 … READ MORE “BAP Steps Up Logo-Policing Program”

Brinker International Commits To BAP

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 … READ MORE “Brinker International Commits To BAP”

ShopRite Commits To Four-Star BAP

As part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy, ShopRite has committed to sourcing four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) product, beginning with shrimp, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late February. The U.S. East Coast supermarket company has pledged to source 100% four-star BAP shrimp, meaning that 100% of its farmed shrimp would originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. News of the commitment came as ShopRite launched a new line of frozen raw and cooked shrimp under its premium ShopRite private-label brand. The shrimp is BAP four … READ MORE “ShopRite Commits To Four-Star BAP”

WinCo Foods Commits To Four-Star BAP By 2018

As part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy, WinCo Foods has committed to sourcing three-star and four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) product, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late January. The U.S. supermarket company has committed to sourcing 100% three-star BAP product by the end of 2016 and 100% four-star BAP product by the end of 2017, meaning that 100% of its farmed seafood would originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. “We at WinCo Foods are committed to the goal of providing the highest quality … READ MORE “WinCo Foods Commits To Four-Star BAP By 2018”

Bidvest Partners With Best Aquaculture Practices

The Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early December that Bidvest Australia and Bidvest Fresh/Direct Seafoods UK have been added to the growing list of wholesale, retail and foodservice companies worldwide partnering with the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. As part of their company-wide sustainability approach, Bidvest Australia and Bidvest Fresh/Direct Seafoods UK will work with their suppliers and the BAP market development team to grow the amount of farmed seafood originating from a BAP-certified facility, as they strive toward sourcing four-star BAP product. Four-star status denotes that the product comes from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and … READ MORE “Bidvest Partners With Best Aquaculture Practices”

Brakes’ Sustainability Pledge Includes Four-Star BAP Seafood

Brakes Group, the United Kingdom’s largest wholesale food supplier, has committed to source only sustainable seafood, including product from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities, as part of the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge. By taking the pledge, Brakes agreed to a suite of actions that will ensure that all of its general-sale, own-brand seafood is sourced from verifiably sustainable sources, protecting the environment and supporting responsible farmers and fishermen. The actions include sourcing seafood rated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) as a 1, 2 or 3; four-star BAP product is rated as a 3. Four-star BAP status denotes that the processing … READ MORE “Brakes’ Sustainability Pledge Includes Four-Star BAP Seafood”