Ocean Naturals And Kraft Heinz Offer Sustainable, Traceable Tuna From Ocean To Plate
by The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Posted: 2018-03-07 15:27:39 EST

Seattle, WA - Food service restaurants who serve Ocean Naturals brand tuna from Kraft Heinz are serving seafood that supports the fishermen and fisherwomen who are working hard to meet the world’s most rigorous standard for sustainable fishing. Kraft Heinz has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certificationfor their skipjack and albacore tuna, which is sold to food service operators in the United States for tuna sandwiches and tuna salads.

Kraft Heinz has obtained Chain of Custody (CoC) certification demonstrating their commitment to the sustainability of the fishery. With CoC certification, they can provide restaurant operators with confidence in the sustainability credentials of the Ocean Naturals tuna supplied by The Tuna Store, a part of the Tri Marine Group, that they use in their sandwich and salad recipes.

“This is tuna with not only great sustainability credentials but also a very rich and compelling story about tuna dependent island communities catching and producing quality tuna products for the U.S. market, ” according to Joe Hamby CEO of The Tuna Store.

The MSC is an international non-profit organization, established to safeguard seafood supplies for the future. Recognized as the world’s leading certification program for sustainable, wild-caught seafood, the MSC works with leaders within the fishing industry and seafood sector to create a more sustainable seafood market.

All tuna served at dining institutions in the U.S. market that use Ocean Naturals tuna is sourced from a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Ocean Naturals Skipjack tuna now comes from the Solomon Islands and island cannery Sol Tuna while the Albacore is sourced from the Cook Islands fishery. Roughly 13 percent of the annual global harvest of wild-capture fisheries are MSC certified.

“We congratulate Kraft Heinz on attaining MSC Chain of Custody certification and joining The Tuna Store in providing sustainable tuna options in the U.S.” said Brian Perkins, MSC regional director, Americas. “The MSC sets robust and credible requirements for organizations handling MSC certified seafood, and we’re proud that The Tuna Store and Kraft Heinz are among those taking the lead in seafood sustainability.”

Because Ocean Naturals tuna is offered in food service establishments (i.e. – delis, cafeterias, food service restaurants, etc.), consumers may not be aware that they’re eating certified, sustainable seafood. Kraft Heinz intends on focusing on chefs, food operators, and buyers who can feel good about serving MSC-certified tuna and in turn passing the benefit on to the consumer. 

About the MSC

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organization. Our vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. Our ecolabel and certification program recognises and rewards sustainable fishing practices and is helping create a more sustainable seafood market.

The MSC ecolabel on a seafood product means that:

  • It comes from a wild-catch fishery which has been independently certified to the MSC’s science-based standard for environmentally sustainable fishing.
  • It’s fully traceable to a sustainable source.

More than 300 fisheries in over 34 countries are certified to the MSC’s Standard. These fisheries have a combined annual seafood production of almost nine million metric tonnes, representing 12% of global marine catch. More than 25,000 seafood products worldwide carry the MSC label. For more information visit www.msc.org

The MSC program could not exist without the many fishers around the world who work to safeguard stocks, ecosystems and their own livelihoods. Read stories about fishers working hard to safeguard our oceans.

Source: The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)