BROWNSVILLE, Texas, July 30, 2012 – Rich Products Corporation’s Brownsville manufacturing plant has earned “Best Aquaculture Practices” (BAP) certification. The Brownsville plant produces a large majority of Rich’s seafood products distributed by SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co., maker of the country’s top selling frozen specialty shrimp and seafood products.
The BAP certification standards are developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices. The BAP certification program is voluntary for aquaculture facilities and the BAP standards for seafood processing plants are among the most comprehensive certification systems. SeaPak’s Brownsville plant achieved BAP certification to process shrimp and tilapia, which are the aquaculture products handled at the facility.
“As a Founding Member of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, sustainability has always been a top priority at SeaPak,” said Daryl Miller, Senior Marketing Manager, SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. “This is the most-prestigious type of plant certification in the industry. It validates the excellence in best processing and production practices at our Brownsville plant and bolsters SeaPak’s leadership role as America’s trusted source for premium seafood products.”
The BAP certification standards define the most-important elements of responsible aquaculture and provide quantitative guidelines for evaluating adherence to those practices. “Compliance with BAP standards requires program participants to comprehensively address environmental and social responsibility, as well as animal welfare, food safety, and traceability throughout their operations,” said BAP Vice President of Development Peter Redmond. “The Global Aquaculture Alliance congratulates Rich Products Corporation and SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. for achieving certification.”
Since 1948, SeaPak has used strict quality, sourcing and sustainability standards for its products, including a commitment to source only from suppliers whose practices limit negative environmental impact. Currently, 100 percent of SeaPak’s aquaculture products come from BAP-certified sources and are made using Best Aquaculture Practices.
“Our Brownsville plant produces 85 percent of our seafood items, so we take great pride in this certification,” said Eddie De La Rosa, Plant Manager, Brownsville Manufacturing Facility. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by the seafood industry’s leading aquaculture certification program for the things we do to provide safe, high-quality seafood.”
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture and a safe supply of seafood to meet growing world food needs. Organized in 1997, GAA develops the Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards. It also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies.
Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved global performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain – farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills. The goal is to assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.
SeaPak Shrimp and Seafood Co., has been using coastal secrets and recipes to make great-tasting shrimp and seafood for more than 60 years. From mouthwatering Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp and Popcorn Shrimp to delicious Salmon Burgers and Shrimp Scampi, SeaPak brings the “Taste of the Coast” to tables across the country.
SeaPak produces America’s No. 1-selling retail frozen shrimp brand within the specialty seafood category. The company is highly regarded within the seafood industry for its utmost adherence to quality standards and for its commitment to resource management and sustainability. Learn more about the brand and its commitment to sustainability.
Rich’s Consumer Brands Division, located on St. Simons Island, Ga., is responsible for the successful portfolio of Rich’s products sold to consumers at retail grocery and club stores nationwide. In addition to SeaPak, other brands managed by the Consumer Brands Division include Farm Rich snacks and appetizers, which help mom “Keep ’em happy”; Casa Di Bertacchi, makers of authentic Italian meatballs; French Meadow Bakery, the longest continuously running certified organic bakery in the United States; hand-pulled, hickory-smoked Byron’s BBQ; and Jon Donaire decadent desserts.