|[April 21, 2017]
Southeastern Grocers Becomes the First North American Retail Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation
Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys
and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has become the first North American
retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF),
the non-profit association that is committed to supporting small-scale
fisheries that pursue high quality, responsible and ethical tuna caught
using one-by-one methods.
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To coincide with this announcement, Southeastern Grocers has launched an
exclusive private label-Fisherman's Wharf, pole-and-line, canned
albacore tuna product displaying the IPNLF 'Supporting Member' logo to
demonstrate its commitment to the most environmentally and socially
desirable methods. The Fisherman's Wharf Albacore Tuna is on the shelves
of select BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores for $2.49 a
Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said, "At
Southeastern Grocers, we know how important it is to support sustainable
fisheries and we are very pleased to be the first North American retail
member of the International Pole & Line Foundation."
Southeastern Grocers has become the 42nd Member of IPNLF. The
company's membership is a further step in its on-going support for
environmentally and socially responsible tuna fisheries and for improved
tuna management worldwide.
In partnership with members, IPNLF provides much-needed support for
fishing communities who are heavily reliant upon those fisheries, and
works on practical fisheries improvements and stronger management to
meet the growing global demand.
Commenting on Southeastern Grocers' membership, Adam Baske, Director
Policy & Outreach at IPNLF, said, "It is fantastic to have our
first retail Member in the US market on board with our mission to see
coastal tuna fishing communities thrive alongside healthy ocean
ecosystems. We look forwad to working with Southeastern Grocers to
further demonstrate the value of sourcing from one-by-one tuna
fisheries, and encourage other retailers in North America to join this
IPNLF is a hub for proactive companies like Southeastern Grocers who
want to reward fishing communities committed to the highest
environmental and social standards. The global demand for these products
continues to grow as a result of companies using their buying power to
create the future they want to see."
Membership of IPNLF is open to all stakeholders involved in the
one-by-one tuna supply chain, from fisheries associations to processors,
food service and retailers, and all members are encouraged to engage in
About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y
Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth largest
conventional supermarket in the U.S. The company employs nearly 60,000
associates who serve customers in grocery stores, liquor stores and
in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South
Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and
well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood
ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and
strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to
customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com,
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop,
support and promote socially and environmentally responsible
pole-and-line handline and troll tuna fisheries around the world.
IPNLF's ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries,
including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with
them. As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the
influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery
projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to
organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain.
Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one
caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain.
We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an
evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees. IPNLF
was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity
1145586), with branch offices in London and the Maldives, and a staff
presence in Indonesia, South Arica, France, and the United States.
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