Fortune Fish and Coastal Seafoods Celebrate ASC-Certified Seafood at Minneapolis Macabre Gathering


MINNEAPOLIS – Not to scare you, but last week Fortune Fish & Gourmet wrapped up National Seafood Month and kicked off Halloween by hosting over 75 influencers for a “Celebration of Certified Scary Good Seafood” at its store in Coastal Seafoods retail in Minneapolis.

Held on October 26 with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the invitation-only gathering brought together food media, social media personalities, seafood producers, distributors and retail buyers to experience and taste a delicious range of responsibly raised and ASC certified seafood. by the Coastal Seafoods culinary team.

In just a few hours, Fortune, Coastal and ASC staff transformed the Coastal Seafood retail space into a Halloween tribute with fog machines, fire pits, fake fish skeletons, spider webs and clever and spooky seafood crates overflowing with frozen drinks and ASC-certified seafood.

As speakers Fortune, Coastal and ASC shared insights into their mutual commitment to advancing aquaculture from farm to fork, guests – many of whom wore seafood-themed costumes and apparel – ASC-certified seared Aqquua grouper feast with Japanese vinaigrette; Seared Verlasso Salmon with Grilled Corn Salsa; Del Pacifico Peruvian Shrimp Ceviche; Grouper Aqquua cured with cucumber and dill; Del Pacifico Shrimp Toast; and Verlasso Salmon Gravlax, the latter a long-awaited reprisal of Coastal’s beloved gravlax, which is now available in stores.

“Our goal was not just to tell Twin Cities influencers, but also to offer a taste of why Fortune Fish and Coastal Seafoods are committed to responsible aquaculture,” said Chris Blankenbaker, director of retail, Fortune Fish & Gourmet. “I don’t think anyone has hosted such a celebration of certified seafood, and we were proud to host this one-of-a-kind event in partnership with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.”

“Fall in love with farmed seafood this season” promotion underway

The event also marked an opportunity for Fortune Fish and Coastal Seafood to highlight its month-long “Fall in Love with Farmed Seafood This Season” promotion, which runs through November 15 and includes:

  • ASC-certified specialty seafood products at Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis.
  • Promotions on ASC-certified Fortune Fish & Gourmet products for Fortune Partners.
  • Online activations from the three organizations to promote responsibly farmed seafood.
  • Coastal Seafood Marketing Director Keane Amdahl conducts local media tours, shares recipe inspirations with ASC-certified seafood and more.

The event is an “exclamation point” for ASC’s “New Way to Seafood” 2022 marketing campaign

The ‘Scary Good Certified Seafood Celebration’ and ongoing ‘Fall in Love With Farmed Seafood This Season’ promotions mark the first year of ASC’s first-ever North American marketing campaign, which will continue its national expansion for another 2-4 year.

Throughout 2022, ASC hosted food festival sampling stations, restaurant dining events, grocery store collaborations and other online and in-person activations with a particular focus on Minneapolis markets. , Miami and Philadelphia. Current and future events aim to showcase what’s new and what’s next in aquaculture to influencers and consumers, while raising awareness across the country. Next year’s tour will feature ASC performing new activations in Washington, DC, Portland, Oregon, Southern California and nationwide.

“It was a pleasure to end a year of exciting and diverse seafood celebrations with this creative collaboration, brought to life by our partners Fortune Fish & Gourmet and the team at Coastal Seafoods,” said Athena Davis, Chief Marketing Officer, ASC North America. “We started 2022 strong with Fortune Fish during May’s GrillFest extravaganza, so it’s fitting to finish in the Twin Cities. We are impressed not only by Fortune and Coastal’s enthusiasm for making this event unforgettable, but also by their continued commitment to promoting responsibly farmed and ASC-certified seafood. This education and motivation, especially to young seafood connoisseurs, is helping to generate a strong momentum for responsible aquaculture in the United States.”

About Coastal Seafoods

With locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Coastal Seafoods has been supplying the Twin Cities’ finest seafood for over 35 years.

About Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Fortune Fish & Gourmet is the premier fresh and frozen seafood processor and specialty food distributor serving Michelin-starred restaurants, James Beard Award-winning chefs, hotels, country clubs and grocers in our facilities.

About the Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Since 2010, ASC has created and enforced the world’s highest industry standards for:

  • Improve the quality and safety of farmed seafood products.
  • Ensure the integrity of the supply chain from farm to store.
  • Provide the most complete transparency through public disclosure.
  • Protect the environment, workers and communities.

ASC’s Sea Green label only appears on seafood products from farms that have been independently assessed and certified as environmentally and socially responsible. The ASC Certification Seal is the best way to ensure that the seafood you buy is what it claims to be. For more information, visit


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