Saturday, June 13th, 2015: BMG: Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL), a major producer of farm-produced shrimp, has entered an export contract with UK-based seafood agent Blue Earth Foods to provide raw shrimp to the UK’s largest chain of retailers, Sainsbury’s.
Blue Earth is a subsdiary of Thailand’s SeaFresh Industry, which has owned half of BAL since 2012, two years after founder Sir Barry Bowen died in a plane crash. Bowen had established BAL in 1996. SeaFresh and BAL are part of a joint venture to provide Sainsbury’s with “genuinely differentiated prawn.”
Belize’s shrimp is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) as of April, and Belize now has the highest percentage of certified shrimp farms worldwide.
Belizean shrimp are raised in a biofloc system on a semi-intensive basis, ensuring that the product has a superior and meatier texture, contributing to a more flavorful taste.
While the contract only currently provides for raw shrimp, cooked products may be introduced at some point.
Sales of marine products from Belize including shrimp have risen consistently in the last few years, as Belize’s standards and practices improve.
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