Half of Leading U.S. Supermarkets Make "Pass" Ranking in Latest Greenpeace Sustainable Seafood Scorecard

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Jane Kochersperger, Media Officer, jane.kochersperger@greenpeace.org
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Half of Leading U.S. Supermarkets Make "Pass" Ranking in Latest Greenpeace Sustainable Seafood Scorecard

As Seafood Retailers Respond to Consumer Demand, Split Develops Among Largest

WASHINGTON - In the fourth edition of
Greenpeace's seafood sustainability scorecard -Carting Away the Oceans
-- released today, half of the leading supermarket chains in the U.S.
received ‘passing' scores in the sustainability of their seafood
operations for the first time. Companies that moved into the passing
range are: A&P; Delhaize, and Trader Joe's.
The supermarket chain Target moved up
from fourth place to receive top ranking displacing Wegmans to second
place while Whole Foods maintained third place from its June 2009
ranking. Trader Joe's which had been the worst ranking of the national
supermarket chains surveyed at #17 has since moved to a tenth place
ranking with its announcement in March that it is taking specific steps
to develop a sustainable seafood operation. While both marketing to
cost-conscious consumers, Safeway climbed from 5th place to 4th as
Costco dropped from 10th place to 14th.

Of the 20 largest supermarket chains in the United States, several
remain that have made no visible effort to increase the sustainability
of their seafood operations and continue to ignore scientific warnings
about the crisis facing global fisheries and the marine environment.
These include: H.E.B., Meijer, Costco, SUPERVALU (and associated
banners), Publix, and Winn Dixie.

"A significant divide is developing among the major retailers," said
Greenpeace's Senior Markets Campaigner, Casson Trenor. "It's now clear
that Wegmans, Target and Whole Foods are making substantive progress
reflecting their commitment while others such as H.E.B. and Costco
remain committed to selling endangered species and destroying marine
ecosystems."

The rankings follow:

1.    Target
2.    Wegmans
3.    Whole Foods
4.    Safeway (Dominicks, Genuardi's, Pavilions, Randall's, Von's)
5.    Ahold USA (Stop & Shop, Giant)
6.    Harris Teeter
7.    A&P (Food Emporium, Pathmark, Super Fresh, Waldbaum's)
8.    Delhaize (Bloom, Food Lion, Hannaford Bros., Sweetbay)
9.    Walmart
10.   Trader Joe's
11.   Price Chopper
12.   Aldi  
13.   Kroger (Baker's, City Market, Dillon's, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, Ralph's, Smith's, Quality Food Center - QFC)
14.   Costco
15.   Supervalu (Acme, Albertson's, Bristol Farms, Jewel-Osco, Save-A-Lot, Shaw's)
16.   Giant Eagle
17.   Publix
18.   Winn Dixie
19.   Meijer
20.   H.E. Butt (H.E.B., Central Market)

To help ensure the long-term sustainability of fisheries and marine
ecosystems, Greenpeace advocates the creation of a worldwide network of
marine reserves and fisheries management based on a precautionary,
ecosystem-based approach. Today, supermarkets can help the oceans and
meet consumer demand for sustainable products by refusing to sell
seafood from fisheries that:

  • exploit endangered, vulnerable and/or protected species, or species with poor stock status;
  • cause habitat destruction and/or lead to ecosystem alterations;
  1. cause negative impacts on other, non-target species;
  • are unregulated, unreported, illegal or managed poorly, and
  • cause negative impacts on local, fishing dependent communities.

Full report and details available at:
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/press-center/reports4/carting-away-the-oceans

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