Supermarkets are coming under pressure from MPs to further develop ethical and sustainable purchasing policies when buying fish.
A cross-party group of MPs is urging all supermarkets to adopt “sustainable procurement polices”. Their call has come in a Commons motion headed by Labour backbencher Alan Simpson who warned: “We’re over-fishing seas in completely unsustainable ways.”
He believes supermarkets could have much greater influence in changing catching methods that lead to waste.
It is claimed by some observers of international fishing practices that for every one pound of fish landed, 16 pounds is discarded at sea. Some 16% of fisheries are overexploited and 52% are fully exploited [UNFAO].
Simpson cited the work of M&S, which has developed a policy with its suppliers and trawlermen to cut wastage. It has set up an environmental benchmark by devising ways to reduce the toll of immature cod taken in haddock catches.
The MP also praised Waitrose’s work on developing procurement policies.
He added: “As public awareness about the dangers to fish stocks grows, customers will start voting with their shopping baskets, demanding supermarkets take a lead in this issue,” added Simpson.
Most of the multiples back the work of the Marine Stewardship Council in certifying sustainable stocks.
US grocery chain Kroger’s third-quarter net profit to November 5 rose 30% to $185.4m on total sales up 9.1% to $14bn. Like-for-like sales rose 6.6%, or 3.7% excluding fuel. Total sales for the first three quarters of 2005 rose 7.2% to $45.8bn.

Dutch retailer Ahold’s Central Europe division has sold three shopping centres in the Czech Republic and Poland to ING Real Estate for (108m. The deal includes the centres in Bielsko Biala and Elblag in Poland and Karviná in the Czech Republic.

Cobra Beer is planning to establish a brewery in the home town of its founder Karan Bilimoria in India. Bilimoria is in advanced talks with a local partner to set up a brewery in Hyderabad, south east India, which will start production within 18 months.

Discounter Lidl is planning to launch a budget mobile phone brand in Germany. The news follows the launch by its rival of budget mobile phone brand Aldi Talk in the country.

The Japanese ministry of the economy, trade and industry is considering new rules that would make it more difficult for large retailers to open out-of-town stores on agricultural land outside urban areas.

US grocery retailer and wholesaler Fresh Brands has been acquired by an affiliate of the Chicago-based grocery wholesale co-op Certified Grocers Midwest for $100m.

Brussels has extended its inquiry into Tesco and Carrefour’s proposed asset swap in the Czech Republic and Slovakia by two weeks.
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