First Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Hits The USA Market
 
Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), the $15 billion global provider of food, facilities management, and uniforms, announced that it will transition to 100% sustainably sourced canned skipjack and albacore tuna in the U.S. by April 1, 2016. Sustainably sourced tuna minimizes by-catch levels and helps maintain fish populations.

Pacifical will be one of the suppliers of raw material to Rema Foods, a leading US import company. Rema Foods is the supplier of canned tuna for Aramark’s sustainable tuna program. This is the first time that Pacifical MSC certified free-school skipjack tuna from the waters of the 8 PNA Pacific Island Nations carrying the Pacifical logo, will have a consistent presence in the USA.

“We applaud Aramark’s strong commitment towards tuna sustainability,” says Henk Brus, Managing Director of Pacifical. The deal connects one of the leading global food service providers with the world’s largest tuna resource owning nations.

“Rema is proud to partner with Aramark on this groundbreaking step in the tuna industry,” said Robert Feuerstein, CEO of Rema Foods. “We believe sustainability is vitally important for future generations and we are excited to help accomplish this significant goal. Aramark’s commitment will drive further change in the industry and we commend them for taking this step.”

Aramark’s approach was developed in consultation with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The transition will be complete in April 2016, and by that date Aramark will have converted around 2.5 million pounds of tuna to sustainably sourced product.

"The Marine Stewardship Council congratulates Aramark on its commitment to source from MSC certified tuna fisheries. In making certified sustainable seafood available to its customers, Aramark is helping to raise consumer awareness about the importance of ensuring wild fish supplies for generations to come," added Brian Perkins, MSC Regional Director, Americas.

About Rema Foods
Rema Foods is a leading US import company serving the retail, foodservice and industrial trades. As part of the Food Import Group, Rema, Source Atlantique, Sunrise Commodities and Sweet Dried Fruit provide a complete range of canned, frozen and packaged commodity foods, specialty foods, and nuts & dried fruits. Rema combines the core values of a 50+ year old family owned and operated company with advanced systems focused on customized, innovative and diversified supply chains solutions. Rema is directly involved in all aspects from raw material production/supply, quality control, currency management, financing, import & domestic logistics, redistribution, and category management. Learn more at sourceatlantique.com, ifyoucare.com, foodimportgroup.com, sunrisenuts.com

About the PNA
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) control the world's largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery. PNA Members, located within the Western Central Pacific Ocean, are Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. In 2011, the PNA skipjack tuna caught without using FADs was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable, creating the world's largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery. About 50% of all skipjack tuna in the world is caught within the waters of the PNA nations.

About Pacifical
Pacifical is the global marketing company jointly set up by 8 PNA countries in 2011 to promote PNA and actively trade their MSC certified sustainably caught free school skipjack tuna to tuna consumers around the world. All products sourced from MSC certified skipjack tuna from PNA waters carry the Pacifical logo as clear representation of the client’s commitment with the PNA region and recognition to those managing the stock on a daily basis.

About Marine Stewardship Council
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is recognized as the world's leading certification program for sustainable, wild-caught seafood. In collaboration with fisheries scientists and marine experts, the MSC has developed two global, science-based standards. The MSC Fishery Standard evaluates the sustainability of fisheries and the MSC Chain of Custody Standard ensures that any seafood carrying the blue MSC ecolabel is traceable to a certified fishery.
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