WASHINGTON, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneering sustainable seafood company Blue Circle Foods announces the hire of David Pilat as its new vice president of business development. Industry leader Pilat spent the bulk of his career as the first global seafood coordinator for Whole Foods Market.
A Boston native, Pilat served as the seafood team leader in Whole Foods Market stores across the country early in his career before beginning his tenure as regional coordinator of both the North Atlantic and developing Northeast regions. This role included operations management overseeing Pigeon Cove, the fresh and frozen seafood processing facility and active dock owned by Whole Foods Market. After years as the regional seafood coordinator, Pilat, recognized for his commitment to responsible seafood, was awarded the opportunity to become Whole Foods Market's first global seafood coordinator. Pilat forged groundbreaking firsts for the industry by establishing aquaculture and wild standards which propelled Whole Foods Market to become the world's most sustainable seafood retailer.
"David is a true industry leader and spurred a retail revolution as it applies to creating stringent seafood standards," said Bill Cole, president of Blue Circle Foods. "His breadth and depth of experience working hand in hand with fisheries to develop greater sustainability practices is the perfect complement to Blue Circle Foods' vision of changing the industry. We're thrilled to have him on board to help us continue to make seafood more environmentally friendly and accessible to consumers."
Blue Circle Foods offers a variety of fresh, frozen and value-added responsibly sourced seafood products. The company works directly with Kvarøy, a three-generation family-run farm located on a small Norwegian island situated south of the Arctic Circle with only 70 residents and Arnarlax, a network of farms located in the remote Westfjords region of Iceland. The company's tuna is pole and line caught by independent fisherman from the Maldives who meet the highest international fishing standards.
Blue Circle Foods adheres to many standards of environmental protection including those established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and the Marine Stewardship Council, as well as the traceability requirements set forth by Trace Register. Blue Circle Foods voluntarily agrees to third party auditing by the Institute for Marketecology. Blue Circle Foods Norwegian Salmon and Maldives Tuna has earned rare 'Good Alternative' ratings from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
About Blue Circle Foods
Founded in 2005, Blue Circle Foods is at the forefront of a revolution in production, practice and taste in seafood. With deep roots in the organic industry, Blue Circle Foods brings its groundbreaking spirit to the oceans with a bold mission to change the diminishing seafood landscape for good. Blue Circle Foods sources, imports and distributes the most responsible farm-raised and wild-caught fish to ensure that both present and future consumers can enjoy high quality seafood. Blue Circle Foods is the parent company of the Changing Seas sustainable seafood brand, sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market. For more information on Blue Circle Foods and Changing Seas, visit www.bluecirclefoods.com.
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