The Covid-19 pandemic is changing how people are buying and eating food. In order to limit exposure to the deadly virus, consumers are eating more meals at home. Shoppers in supermarkets and grocery stores around the world are stocking up on foodstuffs, including frozen seafood.
“We all have to eat,” said David Lancaster, vice president of sales at Boston, Massachusetts-based Stavis Seafoods. “If we can learn anything from what’s been happening in Europe lately, it’s that consumers are desperately looking for food that is simple to prepare, healthy and available right now. Seafood is an ideal choice for easy, healthy, home meal preparation. Sourcing globally, we always have a consistent inventory of sustainable and delicious options on hand. We are ready for the change or shift in consumer buying.”
With facilities on five continents, Stavis has the flexibility to procure a wide variety of seafood from multiple locations, as well as maintain a steady inventory of fishery products at all times. In order to handle sales spikes, it inventories millions of pounds of frozen and fresh seafood in the United States that is ready to ship to customers on demand.
“For consumers looking for safe food options, seafood is a great choice,” said Allison Roderick, the company’s director of quality assurance. “According to the CDC and FDA, there is no evidence that seafood, seafood packaging or US-based seafood production can transmit coronavirus. There is also no evidence that imported seafood to the US can transmit it. Stavis Seafoods is an FDA HACCP-regulated facility and follows good manufacturing practices, which includes robust sanitation protocols and employee hygiene to ensure product safety for our customers.”
Another reason for the expected shift in consumer buying is the need for healthy home preparation options. Eating wisely is essential during this health crisis, and seafood is regarded as one of the healthiest proteins available. Not only is it low in calories when compared to other protein-rich foods such as meat and poultry, it is also considered a superior dietary source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Stavis offers a variety of popular heat-and-eat frozen seafood items including meals, sea bass, flounder, halibut, tuna and salmon portions, shrimp and crabmeat. It also sells family packs and the kind of bulk packs consumers are looking for to stock their freezers and refrigerators.