Premium Yellowfin Tuna Slices™, a 2018 Seafood Expo North America Excellence Award winner, are ready-to-eat, pre-sliced tuna made from whole tuna loins
17 APRIL 2018, BRUSSELS—Move over turkey, ham and roast beef. Europe’s deli cases and restaurants will never be the same again with Thai Union Group PCL’s award-winning Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ set to make its European debut at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels on 24-26 April 2018.
Thai Union’s Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ are the world’s first pre-sliced, pre-seasoned tuna made from whole yellowfin tuna loins. Developed to give tuna-loving deli users a healthier, convenient alternative to traditional luncheon meats, perfect for upscale sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and cold-cut platters, the revolutionary new product will be on display and served at the Thai Union Europe booth (#5-541).
Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ recently received the 2018 Seafood Excellence Award in the category of Best New Foodservice Product category at the Boston Seafood Expo North America held in March. A panel of seafood experts determined the winner based on the uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.
Additionally, Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ have been chosen as a finalist in the 2018 Seafood Excellence Global Awards at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels. The winners of the competition will be announced at a special reception on April 24 from 18h15 to 19h30 in Auditorium 2000 at the show.
“For years, nutritionists have been encouraging the public to add more seafood into their diet, but foodservice has offered few new alternatives to the old beef, pork, chicken and turkey routine,” said Scott Solar, Thai Union’s group director of foodservice. “Thai Union’s Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ are the first ready-to-eat tuna product that can compete in Europe’s delis and restaurants.”
“We’re changing the classic deli experience forever by making sliced tuna a ready-to-eat option that adds the Omega-3 and health benefits to sandwiches, salads and anywhere else you need an alternative to sliced turkey, ham and roast beef.”
Two initial flavor varieties will be offered, Black Pepper and Cajun, each without preservatives or artificial ingredients. Each vacuum-packed two-pound (0.9kg) package contains 32 one-ounce yellowfin tuna slices, with five packages to a case. The slices are vacuum-packed to allow for easy freezing, thawing and serving.
Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ are expected to receive Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the industry’s most exclusive sustainability designation.
Thai Union developed Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ at its Global Innovation Incubator (Gii), where the company utilized innovative, patent-pending technology to deliver a fresh and novel way of processing and consuming tuna. Gii is a research and development facility Thai Union launched in 2015 to modernize the seafood industry.
ABOUT THAI UNION
Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for more than 40 years.
Today, Thai Union is regarded as the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 135 billion (US$ 4.030 billion) and a global workforce of over 49,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.
The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch and Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, Bellotta and Marvo.
As a company committed to innovation and globally responsible behavior, Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). In 2015, Thai Union introduced its SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues was recognized by its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Emerging Markets (DJSI) in 2014. In 2017, Thai Union was named to the DJSI for the fourth consecutive year. Thai Union is also part of the FTSE4Good Emerging Index.