Italian retail chain DESPAR joins FoS program: canned tuna and mackerel now certified sustainable

The Friend of the Sea project expands further in Italy as it meets the trust of retail chain DESPAR, one of the main supermarket brands in Italy and part of the international SPAR group. DESPAR canned yellowfin tuna and mackerel are now displaying the Friend of the Sea logo, being sourced from approved sustainable origins.

Both tuna and mackerel are supplied by Generale Conserve S.p.A, a market leader in Italy specialized in canned products, already Friend of the Sea certified.

Tuna and mackerel are caught in fishing areas where stocks are not over-exploited by fishing methods which are selective and do not impact the seabed.

“We have chosen to have DESPAR’s products being assessed according to Friend of the Sea criteria since the project has grown in credibility and expanded its presence worldwide”, explains Mr. Simone Pambianco, Category Manager of DESPAR. “I am pleased DESPAR canned tuna and mackerel have been awarded the Friend of the Sea certification as this further proves to our customers our care for the environment.”

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Despar Italia
Despar Italia is a consortium under the brand Despar which includes wholesalers and independent retailers. Founded in 1960, Despar is a company caring about relations with territory, the rediscovery of traditions and above all respect for all individuals. With more than 1,300 stores all over Italy and a total revenue of 3.47 billion Euro, Despar is the daily reference point for millions of consumers.

Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 400 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.