Aldi Australia has partnered with the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) on the responsible sourcing of seafood products. The discount grocer is releasing a list of the fisheries used to source its products in 2018. The retailer is aiming to have a responsible sourcing system in place by the end of 2020.
“Our commitments mean that all of the fish and seafood sold at Aldi will be recognised by an independent third party as having been responsibly sourced,” said Matthew Atley, buying director of Seafood at Aldi Australia.
“While the commitments have been driven by our responsibility to minimise our impact on the environment, we also recognise that Australians want to buy seafood that they know has been responsibly sourced.”
The new partnership is based on the Trace your Tuna initiative which allows shoppers to find out where their canned tuna was caught. Consumers can enter the FAO number printed on the top of each tuna for further details.
Shoppers can also see the Future Fish logo stamped on Aldi’s fish and seafood products. The grocery said it has the largest range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified own-label fish and seafood in the country.
“Our commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood is a step toward securing the future of the industry and safeguarding our oceans. We will continue sustainable practices by committing to acts of transparency, such as the Ocean Disclosure Project and Trace your Tuna initiatives, to make it easier for our customers to make informed purchasing decisions,” Aldi said in a statement.