Last week schools across the country ended their school year with report cards. Students were not the only ones being graded, though, as Greenpeace Canada also announced the 2012 grades for eight of Canada's largest supermarket chains. Seven of the eight chains received passing grades including SeaChoice partners Overwaitea Food Group, Canada Safeway and Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
Overwaitea Food Group not only received the top grade this year, but they also are the first Canadian company to receive a green rating ever! Federated Co-operatives also received the most improved marks for the year thanks to all their hard work this past winter.
Here are a few of the top achievements from our SeaChoice partners:
- Overwaitea Food Group stopped sourcing red-listed open net-pen farmed salmon
- Canada Safeway announced a private label of canned tuna that is ocean-friendly
- Federated Co-operatives Ltd launched their consumer education program with in-store seafood guides, signage and SeaChoice labels
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It's really exciting to see Canada's top supermarket chains working to improve their seafood sourcing. In just three years since the first Greenpeace report, there have been so many amazing achievements which are all helping to change fishing and aquaculture practices for healthier oceans. These efforts also make it much easier for Canadian seafood lovers to choose ocean-friendly options.
On behalf of the SeaChoice team, we congratulate our business partners for all of their hard work and passing grades. We look forward to the year ahead and will be working to continue this success for healthier oceans.