13 July 2022
GLOBALG.A.P. visited the Seafood Expo Global (SEG) in Barcelona again this year in order to showcase its globally adopted quality assurance and certification system – and to stay in touch with the seafood industry: “We’ve already had a number of retailers stop by to chat,” says Remko Oosterveld.
Oosterveld, who holds an MSc from Wageningen University, is the Aquaculture Commercial Manager at GLOBALG.A.P., and as such responsible for the GGN label, GLOBALG.A.P.’s cross-category consumer label. A banner at the booth lists the many international businesses already working with the GGN label. These include supermarket chains such as Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord, Norma, and Familia, the trader Krone Fisch, fish producer Deutsche See, and the meal-kit provider HelloFresh, to name just a few of the partners in Germany.
“It’s also important to mention Globus. You can get products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes at the fresh fish counter there. And they use the GGN label for loose products as well,” Remko Oosterveld emphasizes. Aside from Globus, the Spanish supermarket chain Eroski is the only other retailer where consumers can visit the fresh fish counter to buy products sourced from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes and marked with the GGN label.
GLOBALG.A.P. presented its new developments at a podium discussion on 27 April 2022, with GLOBALG.A.P. Managing Director Dr. Kristian Moeller, the chair of GLOBALG.A.P.’s Aquaculture Technical Committee Teresa Fernández, GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board Member and Clama CEO Martin Hofstede, and representatives of the food retail sector.
GLOBALG.A.P. used the event to showcase version six of its flagship Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard, published the day before. The panel also talked about the revised Compound Feed Manufacturing (CFM) standard version 3, first presented in December 2021. It requires aquaculture farms to use only feed manufactured in GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes.
In 2021, a full 2.5 tons of the world’s fish and seafood came from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes – a 23% increase compared to 2019. “We currently certify production processes for 34 species in 34 countries: fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and seaweed,” says Remko Oosterveld. The most important of these species is salmon, followed by rainbow trout. Also significant, he adds, are bream and sea bass, and increasingly the meagre and white-leg shrimp.
Remko at the GLOBALG.A.P. booth at Seafood Expo Global
Kristian at the GLOBALG.A.P. booth at Seafood Expo Global
This interview was originally published by FischMagazin in German.