IKEA today announces that seafood sold and served in its stores comes from sustainable and responsible sources certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
This commitment marks the next step toward a wider offer of healthier and more sustainable food in IKEA restaurants, bistros and Swedish food markets. With more than 23 different ASC and MSC certified species across stores in 47 markets, IKEA is now one of the largest food service providers of responsibly produced fish in the world and brings certified seafood to eight IKEA markets for the very first time.
Follows the introduction of veggie balls
IKEA Food is continuing to develop according to its new direction. The commitment to offer seafood that is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) marks a natural next step for IKEA and follows the introduction of veggie balls in April of this year.
“I am really proud that our customers can enjoy tasty fish that has been responsibly produced by people with good working conditions. This is a result of our high ambitions and commitment regarding the whole value chain, from fisheries and farms to training of our co-workers and certification of the restaurants,” says Michael La Cour, Managing Director of IKEA Food Services AB.
Seafood: Long tradition in Swedish kitchens
Seafood has a long tradition in Swedish kitchens and it is specifically enjoyed during Christmas, Easter and Midsummer celebrations. Being part of our Swedish heritage, it is sold and served every day at IKEA.
ASC and MSC
ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), is an international non-profit organisation that sets environmental and social standard for certifying responsible and well-managed fish farms. It contributes to ensuring availability of seafood, the health of the ocean and the livelihood of local communities that rely of the farms for the long term.
MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), is an international non-profit organisation that certifies sustainable fishery practises for wild caught fish. MSC certified fisheries must continually meet requirements for maintaining fish populations, reducing impacts on the environment and ensuring that the fishery is well managed.
Certified seafood species available (English/Latin/Swedish)
IKEA will be making the following certified seafood species available to consumers in all IKEA markets:
- Prawn (Northern) Pandalus borealis (in Swedish: räkor)
- Herring Clupea harengus (in Swedish: sill)
- Salmon Salmo salar (in Swedish: lax Salmo salar)
- Alaska Pollock Theragra chalcogramma (in Swedish: alaskasej)
- Cod (Atlantic) Gadus morhua (in Swedish: torsk)
- Hoki Macruronus novaezelandiae (in Swedish: hoki)
- Hake (cape) Merluccius capensis (in Swedish: kummel)
- Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (in Swedish: tilapia)
- Pangasius Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (in Swedish: pangasius)
- Flounder Atheresthes stomias or Atheresthes evermanni (in Swedish: flundra)
- Saith Pollachius virens (in Swedish: gråsej)
- Blue Mussel Mytilus medulis (in Swedish: blåmussla)
- Cod (Pacific) Gadus macrocephalus (in Swedish: torsk)
- North Pacific Hake Merlucius productus (in Swedish: stillahavskummel)
- Patagonian Grenadier Macruronus magellanicus (in Swedish: chilensk hoki)
- Golden Red fish Sebastes Marinus (in Swedish: större kungsfisk)
- Prawn (banana) Fenneropenaeus merguiensis (in Swedish: bananräkor )
- Scallop (Atlantic) Placopecten magellanicus (in Swedish: kammussla)
- Sole (Southern rock) Lepidopsetta bilineata (in Swedish: flundra [sydlig klippflundra])
- Sole (yellowfin) Limanda aspera (in Swedish: flundra [gulfenad])
- Whiting (southern blue) Micromesistius australis (in Swedish: vitling [sydlig blåvitling])
- Salmon (chum) Oncorhynchus keta (in Swedish: lax [chum])
- Salmon (pink) Oncorhynchus gorbuscha (in Swedish: Lax [puckellax])
Sources: IKEA USA and IKEA Sweden (photo)