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Distributor Down Under Granted MSC certification

AUSTRALIA (September 28, 2012)—Bidvest, one of Australia’s largest foodservice distributors, has gained MSC Chain of Custody certification, opening the gateway for restaurants, caterers, canteens and cafes all over Australia to become MSC certified sustainable seafood outlets.

MSC manager of Australia and New Zealand, Patrick Caleo, said this was a major breakthrough for the market for sustainable seafood in Australia.

“In Europe, there are many restaurants with MSC certification and now with Australia’s leading seafood distributor gaining certification Australia has the potential to become a top destination for diners looking for sustainable choices in seafood,” he said.

MSC’s Chain of Custody verifies that in every step of the supply chain – from the fisheries, to the processer, to the distributor, and the customer – MSC certified seafood is not mixed with, or substituted for, non-certified seafood.

Bidvest has an extensive range which includes over 56,000 foodservice products, 3000 core hospitality products, and a comprehensive fresh offering of between 400 and 600 lines depending on season.

“This will open the doors for foodservice operators, such as canteens, cafes and restaurants, looking to serve MSC certified seafood to their customers,” said Mr Caleo.

“With our credible standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability we’re always seeking to increase the availability of certified sustainable seafood and our distinctive blue ecolabel makes it easy for everyone to identify it and make informed choices. Customers can feel good that their choices are helping support and reward fisheries that are committed to sustainable management that helps conserve the marine environment.”

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