Pallas Foods was the first food service company to implement the Responsible Irish Fish Programme. This programme is designed to support the Irish fishing communities and promote sustainable fishing practices in the Irish fleet. The Responsible Irish Fish label denotes superior quality, traceability and freshness. Eight types of seafood are currently available under the Responsible Irish Fish scheme: hake, haddock, whiting, monkfish, mackerel, ray, cod and prawns.
The new label for fish and shellfish has been introduced to ensure Irish fishermen can differentiate their products as 100% Irish in the marketplace, and all seafood bearing the Responsible Irish Fish logo is fully traceable back to an Irish vessel. Purchasing Responsible Irish Fish labelled products will help maintain jobs in the Irish fishing fleet and the Irish seafood processing industry. The label is only available to processors who source fish from Irish vessels which are part of the Responsible Irish Fish Association, giving consumers confidence in the origins of the seafood they are eating and reassurance that it was caught responsibly.
Pallas Foods is committed to sourcing Irish wherever possible and are delighted to be the first food service company to support the Responsible Irish Fish Association. The scheme will help to protect and develop the industry by protecting employment in the fishing sector in Ireland. Maria Broderick, Pallas Food’s seafood specialist, says “we will continue to work with the Responsible Irish Fish Association to grow the partnership, as we know from our customer research that shoppers are keen to buy fresh Irish produce whenever possible. This new seafood scheme will provide them with the products and reassurance they want”.
Speaking about the partnership, Frank Fleming of the Responsible Irish Fish Association said “we are delighted that Pallas Foods are supporting the Responsible Irish Fish initiative, which helps Irish caterers access Irish–caught and Irish–processed seafood. Our partnership with Pallas Foods will allow their food service customers to offer this quality Irish seafood, which supports locals jobs and will give local businesses an edge in the market”.