At Orca Bay, marketing diversity is a tremendous strength not just in business practice but environmentally. Food waste (aka food loss) is growing in a scary way. Globally $400 billion in food is wasted every year and within the US $165 million, more importantly our planet is suffering from this loss as well. Just over half of the 60 million metric tons of food waste ends up in municipal landfills emitting methane as it decomposes and contributing to 7% of the total emissions.

With a problem this large it’s hard to know where to start and it can feel like we there isn’t much we can do to reverse the damage, especially when we are one of many. As a seafood manufacturer we practice what we like to call “Sell the Whole Fish” to our various sized retailers and food service businesses.

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As an example we created a diagram of a halibut fish portioned from nape to tail (left to right). Different cuts are used for soups and burgers, steaking (center bone in), fillet portions, and as approaching the tail smaller portions that can be used in ‘buffet’ applications (think: cafeterias, hospitals, planes, trains, cruise ships). Even the trimmed pieces are used for other applications such as pet food.

In addition to “Sell the Whole Fish” our Logistics Team intricately plans the transportation of our product nationally not only to keep the quality and shelf-life but also as fuel-efficiently as possible. Our Washington-based plant partners up with a local agriculture company that uses our “unusables” in farming practices. Any additional seafood that is not being distributed is donated to food bank via Sea Share.

What can you do at home to reduce food waste?

Aside from aspiring to consume every little ounce of food that makes it into your shopping cart knowing the difference between expiration dates can help!

Use-By: This label is aimed at consumers as a directive of the date by which the product should be eaten; mostly because of quality, not because the item will necessarily make you sick if eaten after the use-by date. However after the use-by date, product quality is likely to go down much faster and safety could be lessened.

Sell-By: This label is aimed retailers, and it informs them of the date by which the product should be sold or removed from shelf life. This does not mean that the product is unsafe to consume after the date. Typically one-third of a product’s shelf-life remains after the sell-by date for the consumer to use at home.

Best-By: This is a suggestion to the consumer on which date the product should be consumed to assure for ideal quality.

If you have Orca Bay Seafood in your freezer rest assure that it can keep up to 18 to 24 months. If you are unsure you can always contact us at info@orcabayfoods.com

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02/16/15

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