Posted on December 3, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

Costco’s exclusive sushi supplier boosts sustainable sourcing

Snowfox Group says nonprofit FishChoice makes it 'easy to find new, verified suppliers'

Snowfox Group, operating over 700 sushi kiosks in grocery stores across the United States, said it is partnering nonprofit FishChoice to meet sustainability commitments of the retailers it serves including Costco, Albertsons, and Kroger.

Houston, Texas-based Snowfox operates in more than 4,000 locations globally but mainly in supermarkets, airports, universities, and revolving sushi bar chains in North America and the United Kingdom. The company was acquired by London-based YO! in July for more than $100 million.

“We are proud to serve as the exclusive fresh sushi program provider to Costco Wholesale, and we’re proud that Snowfox earned that role in part due to the quality, sustainability, and social audits that we conduct with our suppliers each year,” said Stacy Kwon, Snowfox’s co-founder and president. “FishChoice has saved us a tremendous amount of time in finding sustainable seafood products that help our customers meet sustainable seafood commitments. The FishChoice website makes it easy to find new, verified suppliers around the world.”

Fort Collins, Colo.-based FishChoice said its online seafood industry platform includes more than 600 suppliers from over 20 countries with seafood sourcing details covering more than 500 species of seafood, making it one of the largest sustainable seafood industry resources globally.

“There’s a lot of work and data behind it, but it boils down to matchmaking and transparency,” said Rich Boot, FishChoice CEO. “FishChoice helps suppliers who operate sustainably and transparently find new business and helps sustainability-minded buyers find suppliers they can trust.”

FishChoice also has industry-leading sustainable seafood guides on approximately 90 of the biggest global seafood commodities and the free membership program includes a weekly digital newsletter that keeps businesses in-the-know on all things sustainable seafood.

“Snowfox is leading the retail food service industry through our commitment to sustainable seafood sourcing and elimination of excess plastic packaging waste,” said Kwon. “FishChoice makes sustainable sourcing more efficient and helps Snowfox maintain its corporate commitment to transparency, responsibility, and respect for our environment.”

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