US firm Gorton's Seafood names Kurt Hogan new CEO

Gorton's Seafood has named Kurt Hogan as the US frozen-seafood supplier's new chief executive to succeed Judson Reis, who is stepping down after a decade in the role.

Hogan, the company's vice president of sales, will take the reins at the Massachusetts-based business on 1 January.

"Kurt's knowledge of the drivers of our business, expertise in sales management and customer relationships are especially valuable as we pursue the next phase of growth," Reis said today (18 July). "At a time when our industry is experiencing dramatic change to satisfy the evolving needs of today's consumers, Kurt is the right person to lead the business forward."

Reis joined Gorton's Seafood in 1990 as associated marketing manager and became president and CEO in 2009. In a statement, Gorton's Seafood said Reis had "successfully guided" the company "through a rapidly changing consumer environment", with initiatives including making products healthier and investment in capital expenditure.


On September 19th – 21st, 2019, FOOD2CHINA EXPO will be solemnly held in Area C of China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China. Scale of the exhibition this year will be expanded to 20,000 square meters, with exhibit products covering the entire industrial chain of imported food, such as snacks & confectionery, drinks and tea, food and condiments, health food, infant food, and third party services providers. Attracting 800 enterprises from more than 30 countries and regions, The exhibition is a professional onestop sourcing platform for the imported food industry in South China.

More Popular Snack Foods Are Coming to the Stage

Imported snack food is one of the most popular categories in China market. With the help of FOOD2CHINA EXPO, a group of "celebrities" snack food from Southeast Asia has successfully entered the South China market. Among them, Thailand's dried jackfruit, the Philippines’ coconut sugar, and Brunei's shrimp cakes have become the most popular varieties in the newly-entered category in South China market.

At FOOD2CHINA Expo 2019, we will exhibit more snack foods from all over the world. In addition to a wide variety of Southeast Asian specialties such as Vietnamese biscuits, Philippine dried mango, Malaysian coffee toffee, and Thai roasted coconut slices, there are also chocolates from Belgium, fruit jelly drops from Sweden, Nori from South Korea, lollipops from Japan, etc. The products of FOOD2CHINA Expo 2019 will be expanded to more regions of the world, so as to provide more first-hand hot selling overseas products for buyers.

Imported Seafood Made a “Fresh” Appearance

The domestic market for imported seafood is rising rapidly, with the total amount of imported seafood exceeding 50 million tons in 2018. In order to cater the demand of Chinese consumers for imported seafood,FOOD2CHINA Expo 2019 will gather the freshest and the highest quality imported seafood in the world and display them on site.

It is worth mentioning that all the seafood will be kept fresh at frozen during the exhibition, whether it is king crab from Alaska, salmon from Norway, black tiger shrimp from Vietnam, abalone from Australia, they will be frozen together by using advanced freezing technology to ensure that they are still alive when they arrive at the show. In addition, the exhibition will invite experts and big shots from the front line of industry to share their views in the business,talk about the opportunities and challenges of the imported seafood market, from the source of origin to transportation and sales channels. How to develop fresh channels with new retail methods? How to save the transportation cost of fresh products to the greatest extent? All the answers will be found at the exhibition!

High-End Forum Activities Are Coming Again

As another highlight of the exhibition, the FOOD2CHINA forum helps the audience gain a lot, it invites global food industry experts, opinion leaders and other industry elites to participate in the in-depth discussion of the industry development trends, policy guidelines, food safety, circulation and sales channels, innovative technology and other hot issues of imported food industry, and jointly explore the next outlook of imported food industry in the new consumption era every year.

This year, the forum will be upgraded again, allying with more veteran experts in the industry, so as to share, exchange and brainstorm with audience with full and accurate data and rich experience. In addition, the popular VIP Buyers Program will be started up again--providing more efficient, better quality, and more accurate on-site matching services for domestic and foreign food suppliers and distributors, to save time in business talks and pocketing all good quality products! All kinds of events will be as wonderful as previous editions, with more than a dozen of coffee cup testing competitions, cooking competitions and various kinds of industry training events.The exhibition will gather the entire industry together to find the outstanding ones of the industry.

Gathering the Experts of the Industry Again

As the only professional exhibition deeply cultivated in the imported food industry in South China, the exhibition last year attracted a total of 15,204 professional visitors from 34 provinces, cities and regions across China, and 800 exhibitors from all over the world, creating a record high, and has won praises from many professional buyers.

This year we will cooperate with the national wholesale imported food market, inviting importers, dealers, distributors, and retailers from all over the country to visit the exhibition. At the same time, we will actively cooperate with more relevant trade associations and institutions to build a good communication bridge for the domestic imported food industry, and jointly promote the rapid construction of the upstream and downstream supply chain and service system of the industry.

FOOD2CHINA EXPO will kick off in a new level in 2019. From September 19th to 21st, welcome to meet us at Area C of Guangzhou Canton Fair Exhibition Center. Be sure to be there!

Registration is open: FAO-UNITAR online course on Agriculture in International Trade Agreements, May 13 - June 7, 2019

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has the honor to announce the new online course on Agriculture in Trade Agreements to be delivered in the Russian language. This course is free of charge and will be conducted in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Course Dates: May 13 to June 7, 2019

Language: Russian

Registration status: Registration is OPEN, register HERE (

Deadline: April 22, 2019

Target Audience: This course is designed to assist professionals from ministries of agriculture, trade, economic development and other government and related authorities, who are directly involved in the formulation and implementation of trade or agricultural policies in the post-Soviet countries.

Participants from regional and international organizations, the private sector and academia can also benefit from the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand the international regulatory frameworks governing trade and its implementation mechanism as well as the eventual implications of the recent WTO Ministerial Conferences;
  • Discuss the significance of non-tariff measures (NTMs) on the international trade and the relevance of WTO Agreements regarding such measures on the national trade policies;
  • Formulate agricultural trade strategies tailored to trading partners, taking into consideration the differences in treatment of agriculture between the regional trade agreements and multilateral trade agreements.


For more information and online registration, please visit UNITAR’s website at:

This course is offered as part of FAO’s Regional Initiative for Improving Agrifood Trade and Market Integration in Europe and Central Asia. Limited slots are available and will be subject to a selection process conducted by FAO and UNITAR, taking into account in particular, the geographical distribution and gender balance.

In general, a participant needs to work approximately 1 hour of work per day for 4 weeks in order to successfully complete the course. A certificate of completion from UNITAR and FAO will be issued to participants who successfully complete all course-related assignments and assessments.

UNITAR would be grateful for your assistance in extending this message to any potentially interested departments of your organization and your partners, thereby giving them the opportunity to benefit from participating in this unique course.


Best wishes,

Public Finance and Trade Programme

Division for Prosperity


United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

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SIG is the first in the industry to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws, announcing today that a 

paper straw solution will be delivered to first customers in the first quarter of 2019.


With growing concern about the environmental impact of plastic straws, the food and beverage industry urgently needs an alternative solution. SIG’s new paper straw offers such a solution.


Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG, said: “We saw an opportunity to address concerns about marine litter and offer added value to our customers by helping them meet consumer and regulatory demand to scrap plastic straws. This win-win is a great example of how our commitment to go Way Beyond Good for the environment is delivering real business benefits.”


Nestlé is the first customer to introduce SIG’s paper straw solution and has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.


Michael Schwan, Manufacturing Manager RTD - Dairy Strategic Business Unitat Nestlé: “We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging and addressing the critical issue of single-use plastics is an important part of that. We need effective, scalable solutions and SIG’s new paper straw has the potential to meet that need.”


Seeking a solution

SIG does not make straws, but some of its portion-size packs are designed to be used with a straw for convenience on the go and the company has been working with suppliers to develop alternatives.

Paper is renewable and recyclable. This forest-based material already makes up 70-80% of SIG’s cartons on average, and the look and feel of paper also visibly reinforces its environmental credentials to consumers.

SIG worked closely with a manufacturing partner to develop an innovative and exclusive solution that makes the paper straw robust enough to pierce the closed straw hole of SIG’s aseptic cartons. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to help prevent litter by remaining attached to the pack to be recycled along with the rest of the carton.

The new paper straws will be made of paperboard from FSCTM (Forest Stewardship CouncilTM)-certified forests or other controlled sources. Customers can already include the FSClabel on any SIG carton and they will be able to add the label to the paper straws once the manufacturing partner has completed FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, which is expected during the second half of 2019.

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The initial volume of paper straws will be limited during the launch phase, as SIG ramps up capacity with its manufacturing partner. SIG is also continuing to invest in new ways to apply this alternative straw solution to a wider variety of packaging formats.

SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Helping customers improve the sustainability of their products is an important part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.

More on SIG’s Way Beyond

About SIG

SIG(FSCTM trademark licence code: FSCTM C020428)is a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging. We work in partnership with our customers to bring food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way. Our unique technology and outstanding innovation capacity enable us to provide our customers with end-to-end solutions for differentiated products, smarter factories and connected packs, all to address the ever-changing needs of consumers.

Founded in 1853, SIG is headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The skills and experience of our 5,000-plus employees worldwide enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of our customers in more than 60 countries. In 2017, SIG produced 33.6 billion carton packs and generated €1.66 billion in revenue. For more information, visit

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SIG is the first in the industry to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws, announcing today that a paper straw solution will be delivered to first customers in the first quarter of 2019.

«Portuguese Beef» reaches new markets due to an internationalization project focused on how to potentiate the Portuguese endogenous products and trigger the demand for products of recognized quality with Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO).

The aim of the «Portuguese Beef» brand is to promote the tradition, authenticity of the meat from Portuguese autochthonous breeds (Arouquesa, Barrosã, Cachena, Marinhoa, Maronesa, Minhota, and Mirandesa).  

The combination of genetic characteristics with an extensive breeding and the exclusive feeding of the calves on mother's milk, fodder, and cereals, allows the early and infiltration of fat into the muscle fibers, providing the meat with succulent, tenderness and unmistakable taste, of recognized international merit.

The promotion of PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) certified products brings considerable benefits to the rural economy, retaining the rural population, improving farmers' incomes and increasing the trade business of the country.

All the meat of these breeds has in common the fact that they are from traditional Portuguese breeds of the North and Center of Portugal, fed on natural pastures, without productive stress, in eco-sustainable systems.

Since last year, the «Portuguese Beef» has attended in international fairs and organized international events, mainly directed to opinion-makers, press, distributors, and importers in the gourmet market niche.

These activities are part of the internationalization project of the «Portuguese Beef» project, promoted by the National Federation of Autochthonous Breeds Association and co-financing by the Operational Thematic Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization, within the scope of the Support System for Collective Actions (SIAC) of a total investment of EUR 426,637.00, co-financed by 85% by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).