Seafood Sustainability at Food Lion

Food Lion is a subsidiary of Delhaize.

How does Food Lion score on seafood sustainability?

Overall Sustainability


Score Explanation

Food Lion's parent company, Delhaize, ranks among the OK stores in the industry, just shy of the "good" category. The company has a sustainable seafood policy, but it needs to create a sustainable canned tuna policy. It should also provide greater sustainability information to customers at point-of-purchase.

Policy Explanation

Has a sustainable seafood policy, but needs to expand its policy to include sustainable and affordable options for canned tuna. Should develop a public-facing policy against GMO seafood.

Transparency Explanation

The company has made information on its sustainability policies and initiatives on its website and in stores. Could improve by providing more point-of-purchase information to help customers make informed choices.

Initiatives Explanation

Supports some seafood sustainability or conservation initiatives, but it must more actively engage in the policy arena confront human rights abuses and unsustainable fishing in the seafood industry.

Red List Explanation

Sells 12 of the 22 Red List species: Atlantic halibut, Alaska Pollock, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sea scallop, ocean quahog, monkfish, redfish (a.k.a. ocean perch), South Atlantic albacore tuna, swordfish, tropical shrimp, and yellowfin tuna.



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Source: 2015 Carting Away The Oceans Report

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Frequently Asked Questions

on seafood sustainability at Food Lion

Q: Should I buy canned tuna at Food Lion?
A: No, not unless you can find sustainable third party products like Wild Planet on store shelves. Otherwise, avoid the canned tuna section entirely.
Q: Does Food Lion have a sustainable seafood policy?
A: Food Lion's parent company, Delhaize, has sustainable seafood sourcing requirements; however, it is lacking a sustainable canned tuna policy.
Q: What seafood should I never buy at Food Lion?
A: Avoid all Red List species—especially Atlantic halibut, swordfish, or yellowfin tuna.
Q: Is there anything I can do to encourage more sustainable practices at Food Lion?
A: Yes—you can add your name to the petition asking Food Lion to use more sustainable practices.

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