Seafood Sustainability at Giant

Giant is a subsidiary of Ahold.

How does Giant score on seafood sustainability?

Overall Sustainability


Score Explanation

Giant's parent company, Ahold, ranks among the OK stores in the industry, just shy of the "good" category. The retailer has improved its sustainable seafood policy in recent years and increased participation in conservation initiatives. Unfortunately, it still sell a high number of Red List species and and needs to prioritize sustainable canned tuna.

Policy Explanation

Has a sustainable seafood policy but it has not been fully implemented. While some of its canned tuna is more sustainable, it still sells unsustainable options such as FAD-caught skipjack and conventionally longlined albacore tuna. Should create a sustainable canned tuna policy this year.

Transparency Explanation

Does a good job promoting seafood sustainability to customers through its website, weekly circulars, in-store recipe cards, and signage. However, it does not sufficiently label seafood products that can help customers make informed choices.

Initiatives Explanation

Supports some seafood sustainability or conservation initiatives. Greenpeace applauds the company for publicly calling for the protection of the Bering Sea Canyons and for calling on Congress to tackle illegal fishing.

Red List Explanation

Sells 12 of the 22 Red List species: Alaska pollock, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sea scallop, Chilean sea bass, monkfish, ocean quahog, 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 Giant

Q: What seafood should I never buy at Giant?
A: Avoid all Red List species—especially Chilean sea bass and monkfish. Only purchase sustainable third party canned tuna like Wild Planet, and avoid all other canned tuna products.
Q: Has Giant made sustainability a priority?
A: Giant's parent company, Ahold, has publicly spoken up for ocean conservation, most notably to protect the Bering Sea Canyons in Alaska. Ahold also called on Congress to help stop illegal fishing.
Q: Does Giant have a sustainable seafood policy?
A: Giant has a respectable seafood policy, though should not rely solely on eco-certifications to determine whether seafood is sustainable.
Q: Is there anything I can do to encourage more sustainable practices at Giant?
A: Yes—you can add your name to the petition asking Giant to use more sustainable practices.

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