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Aldi Australia & SFP Aim At 100% Sustainable Tuna By 2016 Australia, March 18, 13

Aldi Australia has announced that it will engage with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to work together on evaluating the sustainability of its seafood range. The aim is for Aldi Australia’s entire canned tuna range be sourced using a combination of the available sustainable options within three years time, by 2016.

This new partnership enables Aldi to work closely with SFP to develop programs and strategies to ensure the sustainability of its supply chain and meet its commitment to source sustainably wild caught or farmed seafood.

“As a leading retailer, we take our corporate responsibility seriously. We are committed to offering a range of sustainable food choices to our customers across all applicable categories, including our seafood range,” said an Aldi Australia spokesperson. Aldi Australia was the first Australian retailer to launch a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Albacore Tuna product in January 2010. In August 2012, the company launched a new fish buying policy. It is now working towards having all wild caught fish sourced through sustainable and equitable methods by 2016.

In order to achieve this, Aldi will trace its entire canned tuna range, from to where it was caught,through its supply chain, and into stores. By 2014, each canned tuna product will have the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) catchment area printed on its lid, enabling consumers to see exactly where the tuna was caught. By 2016, the entire canned tuna range will be sourced using a combination of the available sustainable options including Pole & Line caught and FAD Free methods.

“Our partnership with SFP assists us to further form the foundation of our seafood sustainability work at Aldi. We recognize the value that SFP brings to the table in respect to fishery and aquaculture improvement, being so highly regarded throughout the seafood supply chain”.

“This initiative is designed to ensure that the products we offer to our customers are derived from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture sources,” added the Aldi Australia spokesperson.
Dick Jones, Director of Buyer Engagement for the Sustainable Fishers Partnership, commended Aldi Australia on setting a positive example for other retailers.

“SFP is very pleased to be in partnership with Aldi. They have clearly demonstrated to us that they are committed to assuring the sustainability of their seafood supply. Taking a leadership role in the supermarket industry by making sustainable seafood a priority is important to Aldi and we are pleased to be working with them on achieving its goals,” said Dick Jones.

“We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest quality of our products, while consistently offering everyday low prices. We will continue being innovative with our exclusive product range to ensure it meets the standards our customers have come to expect,” concluded the Aldi Australia spokesperson.