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Benihana scuffles with St. Pete seafood distributor over ‘skimpy’ shrimp

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After its extra-large shrimp supply was cut off, Benihana is suing its seafood provider for breach of contract of a deal worth millions of dollars. On Oct. 7, 2015, Benihana entered a contract with Bama Sea Products. The terms of the agreement –$5.2 million – was to last Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016. Bama was to provide Benihana with extra-large shell-on Vannamei white shrimp (26/30) fished from waters off Ecuador and/or Peru. However, in early 2016 Benihana was…

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New “Fresh From Florida” ad campaign launches today

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced a new advertising campaign starting Monday that will feature Florida produce and seafood in recipes that are quick, easy and nutritious. A multimedia marketing campaign will include television commercials, digital spots, outdoor billboards and grocery cart advertising to promote the state’s “Fresh from Florida” brand. “Florida is blessed to produce some of the best fruits, vegetables and seafood in the world,” Putnam said in a statement. “This advertising campaign shows that there are so many…

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Adam Putnam offers six “Fresh From Florida” recipes to kickoff college football

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As college football kicks off this week, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman says the best way to celebrate the big games are with fun, healthy and simple “Fresh From Florida” dishes. Putnam’s office released several winning recipes for tailgating and watch parties, each featuring “in season” seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables with the “Fresh From Florida” label available at grocers statewide. “No matter what team you’re rooting for this college football season, there’s no better way to enjoy the game than…

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NY Times: In Florida, the seafood becomes less local

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The postcard Florida experience: sun, fun and plenty of local seafood. It was the latter that brought Gary and Vicki Haller from Kansas to Wahoo’s here last week, with its waterfront views, toucan colors and promise of fresh food “from our docks.” Managers at Wahoo’s in Islamorada, Fla., said that imported seafood was appropriately labeled “local” on the menu because it was supplied by a nearby distributor. “We live in cow country,” Mr. Haller said. “Here we eat fish.” But…

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