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Editor's Note: Looking back on 25 years

By Fiona Robinson, Editor in Chief
July 01, 2006

Whether you're publishing a monthly magazine or managing a processing line at a seafood plant, turning out a product on a routine basis can make you lose sight of the big picture. I often get so involved planning future issues of SFB that I forget to review past issues. The SeaFood Business anniversary feature on page 24 gave me the opportunity to look at how both the industry and the magazine have changed in 25 years.

Industry old-timers and newcomers alike will enjoy reviewing two-plus decades of trends that have shaped the seafood industry, including the rise and fall of several domestic fisheries, dramatic changes in marketing and a mounting influx of imported seafood.

Some of the top restaurants on the chain scene - like Red Lobster and Long John Silver's - are still around and going strong. But who could have predicted 20 years ago that seafood would be the driving force in the casual-dining category? "Buyer Focus: Casual Dining," this issue's Top Story by Associate Editor Steven Hedlund, shows the competitive restaurant scene and some of the up-and-coming chains that are focusing on seafood.

SeaFood Business has also undergone some dramatic changes over the years, as you'll see documented in the 25th anniversary feature. Technology has altered the way SFB is reported and printed, allowing us to add timely features and departments like the Retail Report in our monthly Market Report section (see page 15). The Perishables Group of Chicago analyzes seafood-department sales data from supermarket chains nationwide. Both retailers and their suppliers can use this data to plan their purchases. It's this type of actionable information that SFB has strived to provide readers with since Day One.

I look forward to providing seafood buyers with another 25 years of news and analysis, and as always, I welcome your thoughts.





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