News Summary May 4, 2016
Today's Main Story: Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Says "Maine" Lobsters Command a Higher Menu Price
Today's lead story reports that serving up Maine lobster is paying off big for restaurants that tout the state's iconic offering on their menus. Restaurants selling lobster are charging $6.22 more, on average, when it comes from Maine and its provenance is identified by name on the menu, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. The Portland-based nonprofit, which was founded in 2013 and is funded by industry license surcharges, based its finding on a 2015 menu survey of about 7,000 American restaurants conducted by Technomic Inc., a food consulting and research firm based in Chicago, said Executive Director Matt Jacobson.
In other news, as widely reported over the winter and into the spring, global squid fisheries experienced large die-offs, or in many cases have registered low or no populations of squid in areas where commercial fishing has historically occurred. Fisheries in Japan, Argentina, The Falklands, Chile and California have all noted serious declines or die offs, and industry sources confirm that the effects are being s
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