Wegmans Invites Northeast Shoppers To Get Wild With Gulf Shrimp

TAMPA, Fla. — The Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition (www.eatgulfseafood.com) and Wegmans Food Markets are partnering to offer its shoppers wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, just in time for spring grilling. Wegmans will invite shoppers to "Get Wild with Gulf Shrimp" by featuring delicious Gulf Coast shrimp on select dates in February and March.

Each of the 85 Wegmans stores will offer cooking demos to educate shoppers how to pan-sear Gulf Coast shrimp to enhance its delicious flavor. POS materials for shoppers to enjoy will include "Get Wild with Gulf Shrimp" overhead hanging ceiling signs, balloons, hats and stickers. Shoppers will be able to continue the celebration at home with their families by purchasing Gulf Coast shrimp family-pack in the following varieties:

    FROZEN: Wegmans 2lb Wild-Caught Uncooked Shrimp Bag
    FROZEN: Wood's Fisheries EZ-Peel Wild American Shrimp 2lb Bag
    SERVICE: Wild EZ-Peel Shrimp

"Wegmans has a history of providing the freshest ingredients to our customers, helping to make their meal choices easy and affordable. The Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition has been a great partner with us in the past, and has allowed us to bring to our shoppers flavorful Gulf Coast shrimp that has been wild-caught along our Gulf Coast," said Dave Wagner, Wegmans Vice President of Seafood Merchandising. "We hope that shoppers will learn new cooking techniques using Gulf Coast shrimp as we move into spring season."

This is the second time that the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition has partnered with Wegmans. The Coalition collaborated with Wegmans last fall to provide delicious and quick menu ideas for late-summer gatherings and back-to-school meals.

"Partnering with the popular and esteemed Wegmans chain will help the Coalition continue to share the delicious flavors of the Gulf of Mexico with our Northeast neighbors," said Joanne Zaritsky, Marketing Director for the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition. "We are excited to once again provide premium Gulf Coast shrimp to Wegmans customers and continue our efforts to make delicious wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico available to everyone."

The dates in which the promotion will run are as follows:

    New York stores – Feb. 6-8
    Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania stores – Feb. 27 to Mar. 1
    Virginia and Maryland stores – Mar. 13-15

For delicious and easy-to-prepare Gulf seafood recipes or for more information, please visit www.EatGulfSeafood.com or follow the Coalition on Facebook at Gulf Coast Seafood and Twitter at @eatgulfseafood.

About Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition

The Coalition provides a framework for the seafood community to coordinate marketing efforts among the Gulf States with emphasis on working with tourism boards, restaurants, retailers and chefs. The Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc. is coordinating the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition through funding provided by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's (NOAA Award #NA10NMF4770481). For more information, please visit www.eatgulfseafood.com and follow the Coalition on Facebook at Gulf Coast Seafood and Twitter at @eatgulfseafood.

About Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the '100 Best Companies to Work For' by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Source: Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition