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Greenpeace is out with its seafood sustainability report, and Safeway has moved into the number one position, “praised for discontinuing sales of ‘red-list,’ or unsustainably caught, species, including orange roughy,” the Los Angeles Times writes, noting that “Safeway's move into first place from its fourth-place ranking last year was due in part to the company's involvement in fishery improvement projects to rebuild fish stocks. Most significant, it's made a public statement calling on the governments that control fisheries in the Antarctic Ross Sea to designate it as a marine reserve.”

The Times goes on: “Three years ago, all 20 of the seafood retailers Greenpeace assessed failed the organization's seafood sustainability test. This year, 15 received a passing score, though none attained the Greenpeace criteria for truly green retail. 

“Target and Wegman's shared the No. 2 spot on the report, with Whole Foods ranking fourth and Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart ranking 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. SuperValu, which operates the Bristol Farms and Albertson's stores, ranked 18th and did not receive a passing grade.”

In a separate story, the Florida Independent reports that “Among those receiving failing grades are Florida-based grocery chains Winn-Dixie and Publix. According to the report, Winn-Dixie has continually ignored all inquiries from Greenpeace on its seafood policies and practices, which has resulted in a consistently low ranking. And, though it announced the creation of a ‘seafood ranking system’ last year, Publix has yet to implement a sustainable seafood policy.”
KC's View:
It is worth noting that the LA Times is a little behind the times - Supervalu no longer owns Bristol Farms. And it would be my guess that freed from the shackles of corporate ownership, Bristol will be a lot more progressive in this area.