The tuna can supply, with a 'responsible' product label, will grow by 40% in 2021

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Tuesday, 22 December 2020 10:20


SPAIN - Spanish consumers will have 40% more

cans of tuna with the AENOR Tuna Responsible Fishing (APR) seal on the shelves of supermarkets in Spain, with respect to the supply of 2020. Specifically, the canneries Bolton Food and Salica, with their brands ISABEL and CAMPOS, respectively, plan to put on the market a total of 43.5 million cans with this seal that, it should be remembered, guarantees responsible origin with the environment environmentally and socially sustainable of this product.

In addition, the Galician group Atunlo will market 2,500 tons of processed raw and frozen tuna APR certified under its namesake brand in Europe. This group, specialized in supplying tuna raw material to the canning and food industry, also plans to supply 25,000 tons of precooked tuna loins with this same seal next year.

In June 2019, the Isabel and Campos brands were the first in our country to market product with the APR seal, with the aim of applying it to its entire range of canned tuna progressively given the good reception of the initiative by Spanish consumers. In 2021, Isabel, whose entire production already has the APR certificate, expects to put more than 40 million cans with this label on the market, 33% more than in 2020. For its part, Campos, which will close this year with 1.3 million cans APR, it plans to increase this figure by 169%, reaching 3.5 million units of five references of tuna.

It should be remembered that the APR AENOR seal is the result of an initiative of the Spanish tuna fleet - grouped in the Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna vessels (OPAGAC) - to guarantee the traceability of the tuna caught from the activity on the high seas to the canning in canning plants.

Specifically, the seal distinguishes those cans that contain tuna from boats certified under the UNE 195006 standard on Responsible Fishing Tuna, which ensures the control of fishing activity, good practices on board vessels for responsible fishing, maritime control and health and compliance with social and safety conditions at work in accordance with Convention 188 of the International Labor Organization (ILO). In this sense, the objective of this certification is to offer the consumer the option to choose between sustainable and responsible products, regarding the working conditions on board, compared to other products from fleets that do not respect the labor rights of fishermen and incur in modern slavery practices.

It should be remembered that the OPAGAC fleet obtained the APR certificate for all its catches in December 2018. In addition, recently the APR certification has added another 13 tuna vessels to which the four of the new member of the tuna organization will soon be added. , the Basque shipowner Txopituna. With these additions, the Spanish tuna fleet will have a total of 64 APR certified vessels at the beginning of 2021, which will exceed 10% of the world catches of tropical tuna.

According to Julio Morón, managing director of OPAGAC, “Fortunately, the demand for fish from responsible fisheries continues to grow and, in fact, according to a study carried out by the consulting firm Deloitte, over the last two years, 76% of consumers Spaniards claim to have changed their purchasing habits towards responsible fishery products from a social and environmental point of view. In this sense, -adds Morón- the main challenge of the tuna sector in 2021 is to convey to the market the message that fishing and producing tuna in a sustainable way also implies protecting the crew and guaranteeing the best working conditions ”.

Source: FIS

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