New container puts Oregon Seafood in 'no can-do' territory

Oregon Seafoods' Mike Babcock said the new pouches cement the company's commitment to sustainability.

Oregon Seafoods' Mike Babcock said the new pouches help cement the company's commitment to sustainability.

Leaders of an Oregon sustainable fish processing company have committed to a packaging form that exacts a much smaller environmental, and safer, footprint than is typical in the industry.

Oregon Seafoods has begun selling its wild-caught Albacore in a pouch that’s easier to make, transport and, actually, manage in the kitchen. Oregon Seafoods has improved on similar containers used by other food producers in that the pouch, while made of poloproplyene and aluminum, contains no BPA.

“Cans require much more raw material transportation and storage,” said Mike Babcock, the Coos Bay company’s owner. “That makes the pouch the more environmentally friendly choice.”

Oregon Seafoods features such offerings as tuna seasoned with sea salt and jalapenos. The fish is sourced from sustainable resources that appear on the Monterery Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch’s “green” list.

To that end, the seafood is caught through a line-and-hook process, which is also better for the ocean, and occurs through dolphin-safe and non-GMO means.

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