CORRECTING and REPLACING First ASIC Verified Shrimp Enters US Market

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FIRST ASIC VERIFIED SHRIMP ENTERS US MARKET

The first shrimp verified by the Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative
(ASIC) is hitting US markets. True Food Kitchen is one of the first US
buyers to initiate an ASIC partnership to source whiteleg shrimp from
Thailand from ASIC Shrimp Level 1 verified farms, which are equivalent
to a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program “Good Alternative”
recommendation.

“Environmental and social well-being are closely linked. ASIC shrimp
reflects that relationship between livelihoods and sustainability,” says
Wendy Norden, Seafood Watch Science Director.

At a time when the seafood industry is fraught with negative headlines,
ASIC approaches shrimp aquaculture improvement differently than most by
fostering improvement with the farmers and stakeholders themselves. As a
result, ASIC farms and processors are providing environmentally and
socially responsible shrimp with fully traceable supply chains.

“ASIC is the first improvement program that’s built by stakeholders from
the Southeast Asian region, which fosters greater change and
stewardship,” said Rosanna Contreras, ASIC Chair.

Shrimp is one of America’s favorite seafoods with the majority of shrimp
found in US markets imported from farms overseas. Roxanne Nanninga,
Sustainability Director, Thai Union North America stated, “We are
excited to be bringing the first ASIC shrimp to the US market. We plan
to continue to grow and develop the farms taking part in this innovative
program.”

True Food Kitchen, known for its health-driven menu items, prides itself
on offering high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients.

As a growing business, flavor and consistency are paramount for True
Food Kitchen. “ASIC shrimp checks all of the boxes for our priorities,”
stated Taylor Domet, Director of Culinary Standards at True Food Kitchen.

In the coming year, ASIC plans to organize visits to their farms in
Southeast Asia for engaged buyers and chefs to further educate on the
importance of sourcing ingredients from responsible supply chains.

“The industry has been turning a blind eye to shrimp aquaculture for too
long. ASIC is a groundbreaking initiative that is leading the way to
revolutionize shrimp aquaculture and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,”
Domet stated.

ABOUT ASIC

The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) is a burgeoning
regional collaboration among stakeholders from Southeast Asia who
develop their own methods for improving aquaculture practices using
existing regional standards in conjunction with key elements of the
Seafood Watch aquaculture sustainability standard to build a graduated
development plan. The program is the result of 4 years of work with over
10 stakeholder meetings that worked primarily with Asian stakeholders to
define the standards for social and environmental improvement of the
shrimp industry. The work has been supported by USAID, the Monterey Bay
Aquarium, and Santa Monica Seafood.

ASIC addresses the unique impacts facing fishers, producers and
processors in Asia. ASIC engages stakeholders throughout the Asian
seafood industry production supply chain in respectful dialogue that
considers the societal impact of fostering improvement. While
international certification standards for fisheries and aquaculture as
well as commitments by international seafood buyers to source
responsible seafood already exist, ASIC is expanding the adoption of
sustainability standards and incentives for both supplier and buyer.
ASIC is committed to forging improvements for the Asian seafood industry
that support local, regional and international economic growth, a
healthy ocean and global food security. Visit www.asicollaborative.org
for more information.

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