The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and Shenzhen Pengcheng Marine Products Co. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) whereby the Chinese company has furthered its commitment to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, GAA announced in early April.
Pengcheng is already sourcing shrimp from Vietnam and salmon and mussels from Chile that originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. With the MoU, Pengcheng has pledged to source more seafood from BAP-certified facilities, expanding the availability of BAP product in the Chinese market.
Pengcheng, which distributes seafood to more than 300 high-end hotels in 70-plus Chinese cities, is committed to providing healthy, safe seafood to Chinese consumers. Food safety is one of the four pillars of BAP, the world’s largest and most comprehensive aquaculture certification program. All facilities are audited annually against a stringent set of food-safety and sanitation guidelines to attain BAP certification. The other three pillars of the BAP program are environmental responsibility, social accountability, and animal health and welfare.
“We are very happy to have Shenzhen Pengcheng Marine Products join us in supplying responsibly produced seafood into hotel supply chains in China. Many of the high-end hotels have responsible sourcing policies in place, but they need suppliers like Shenzhen Pengcheng to also show the same level of commitment in order to assure availability of responsibly produced seafood in their supply chains,” said Steve Hart, VP of Asia Market Development for GAA.
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 production chain – including processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. BAP standards cover environmental responsibility, social accountability, food safety and animal welfare. The BAP program is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by GAA.
Founded in 1996, Pengcheng adheres to the mission to “Provide Safe Seafood to Chinese Consumers,” and always shows adherence to the corporate philosophy of “Integrity-Based, Quality First, Service-Oriented” for more than 24 years. Concentrating on delivery services of high-end hotels marine products all over China, Pengcheng has kept long-term as well as stable corporation with over 300 five-star hotels and gained persistent trust among more than 70 cities in China. Pengcheng provides over 500 seafood products sourcing from the origins around the world and supplies over 1000 hotel dining ingredients. Its clients include all the popular international and domestic hotel brands such as Marriott, Four Seasons, Shangri-la, Hyatt, International, Accor, Wyndham, New Century and Jinjiang, etc. In the future, with the help of international advanced information management systems, Pengcheng will coordinate to the development direction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area with the aim of Shenzhen city to “Build a Leading Demonstration Area of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and a Global City of ocean center,” giving full play to its own advantages in scale and volume, making efforts to form a one-stop supply chain service platform for aquatic products as a backup storage for the city and gradually upgrading from a product provider to a solution provider.