Seafood Sustainability

As one of the country’s largest grocers, Albertsons Companies recognizes its responsibility to protect our natural resources. Protecting our oceans is critical for maintaining the availability of seafood for future generations and the health of our planet.

We are also committed to providing our customers with high-quality, sustainable, and traceable seafood from environmentally and socially responsible sources. We aim to improve transparency within our seafood supply chains; to protect the oceans; and to provide fair and equitable treatment for the people who depend on them for their livelihoods. We have a comprehensive Responsible Seafood Policy and Commitment covering fresh and frozen seafood, sushi and shelf-stable tuna.

What does “responsibly sourced” mean?

Responsibly sourced seafood is fished or farmed in a way that .safeguards future seafood supplies while minimizing impacts on surrounding ecosystems.

Our seafood policy incorporates the widely recognized and credible seafood rating system developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program as well as world recognized sustainable seafood certifications like the Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, and Best Aquaculture Practices. The ranking and certifications assess fisheries and farms against scientifically based standards, which are peer reviewed, and take into account management measures, data quality, and environmental impacts. 

Albertsons Companies utilizes the outcome of these third-party assessments to select seafood products that meet our commitments. 

Our Responsible Seafood Commitments

By year-end 2022, 100% of our top 20 wild-caught and farm-raised fresh and our private label frozen seafood will be sourced in compliance with our Responsible Seafood Policy. 

 Species Category                                               Species Common Name                                                       
 Catfish, Pangasius  Catfish (Channel), Pangasius (Basa, Swai)
 Cod  Cod (Pacific, Atlantic)
 Crab Legs  Crab (Snow, King, Tanner, Argentine)
 Crab, Blue Swimming  Crab, Blue Swimming
 Halibut  Halibut (Pacific, California, Atlantic)
 Lobster  Lobster, American
 Mahi Mahi  Mahi Mahi
 Pollock  Pollock (Walleye & Atlantic)
 Rockfish  Rockfish (All West Coast species)
 Salmon, Farmed  Salmon, Farmed (Atlantic, Coho, King, Steelhead)
 Salmon, Wild  Salmon, Wild (Chum, Coho, Pink, Sockeye)
 Seabass, Chilean  Seabass, Chilean (Antarctic, Patagonian)
 Shellfish, Bivalves  Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops (Wild & Farmed)
 Shirmp, Farmed  Shirmp, Farmed (All Species)
 Shrimp, Wild  Shrimp, Wild (All Species)
 Swordfish  Swordfish
 Tilapia  Tilapia
 Trout, Farmed  Trout, Farmed (Golden, Rainbow, Red)
 Tuna, Ahi  Tuna (Yellowfin, Bigeye)
 Tuna, Albacore  Tuna (Albacore)

 

By year-end 2022, 100% of the top five wild-caught and farmed-raised seafood categories used in our prepared sushi will be sourced in compliance with our Responsible Seafood Policy.

 

 Species Category                                               Species Common Name                                                       
 Eel  Unagi
 Salmon  All Farmed and Wild Salmon
 Shrimp  All Farmed and Wild Shrimp
 Surimi  All Farmed and Wild Ingredients
 Tuna  Tuna (Albacore, Ahi (Yellowfin, Bigeye)

 

More information about our Responsible Seafood Commitments can be found here.

Non-Profit Partnership

FishWise

To accomplish our goals and commitments, we partnered with FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy, that works with companies to conserve marine resources through environmentally and socially responsible business practices. The partnership strengthens efforts to monitor global seafood sustainability issues and make informed purchasing decisions. FishWise works with the Company’s banners to gather vendor and product information and assess the unique opportunities for each of our banners.

Together with FishWise, we’re continually educating our staff and customers on environmental and social issues and collaborating with suppliers to source seafood more responsibly.

“Albertsons Companies has charted an ambitious course with their Responsible Seafood Program by taking on some of the biggest challenges in seafood, from supply chain traceability to responsible sourcing of shelf-stable tuna. As a company, they are serious about seafood sustainability.”

-Tobias Aguirre, CEO FishWise

Traceability

For seafood to be considered ”traceable,” it must be able to be traced from a store back through the supply chain to its point of harvest by a vessel or farm. Fully traceable seafood is crucial for ensuring food safety, verifying
sustainability, and avoiding products that are high-risk of being illegally harvested or associated with human rights abuses. Knowing where and how our seafood was caught helps our divisions choose products from responsible sources and share information with our customers that want to know more about their seafood.To learn about some of our recent seafood actions and progress, please review our Due Diligence Progress Report (below), as well as our Sustainability Update.

Seafood Sustainability Due Diligence Progress