In Brief

Tuna-Shaped 155 Meters Bridge To Connect Spanish Towns
17 January 2022

Barbate and Zahara de los Atunes, two Spanish coastal towns in Cadiz, will soon be connected with a unique 155 meters long tuna-shaped cycle-pedestrian path. The project is part of the Eurovelo route -- a network of currently 17 long-distance cycling courses throughout Europe – which will in future allow cycling from Cadiz to Cyprus. The bridge, which will be over the river Cachón, will be composed of six parts, one large 71.5 meters central section in the shape of a bluefin. The other five sections will have a length of 16.5 meters.

The two towns are situated along what is called the bluefin route where fishermen catch this tuna using the almadraba method, when the fish migrate from the North Sea to the Mediterranean to spawn. The economy of the Cadiz region in general is very dependent on the bluefin industry. The bridge is expected to be completed later this year.

French Firm Launches Frozen Yellowfin Tartare From The IO
13 January 2022

The French frozen food company, Picard, has announced the launching of a new tuna product inspired by the cuisine of Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean (IO). The item, already available in France, consists of yellowfin tartare enhanced with a bit of ginger and flavored with passion fruit sauce. It is sold in a 220 g box which contains two portions for EUR 5.95 (USD 6.82).

The tuna is provided by the French fishing company Sapmer, which operates in the IO where the yellowfin stock is currently overfished. It took almost two years to develop the Reunion-inspired recipes, which also include a sausage rougail and a rum ice cream.

Bumble Bee Adds New Commercial Exec, Continues Business Revamp
12 January 2022

American canned tuna firm, Bumble Bee, has strengthened its commercial team with a new Vice President of Customer Development and Strategy, Alex Drew. He has more than 20 years of experience in this field and has worked for firms such as JUUL Labs, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and the Kellogg/Kashi Company.

Connie Cooper Shepherd, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development of The Bumble Bee Seafood Company, has said that the company is bolstering its commercial team to meet its “aggressive goals.” Last year, the firm added some important leadership players which include Laura Chamberlain as Vice President of Sales, Leslie Hushka as Senior Sustainability Advisor, and Connie Cooper Shepherd as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

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