CDG brands top sustainable seafood charts

Jan 23rd

Casual Dining Group (CDG) brands, Café Rouge and Bella Italia, have topped a Fish2fork survey that graded high street restaurant chains and pub groups on the sustainability of their seafood.

The result follows significant work by both restaurant businesses to improve their Fish2fork rating over the past year, thanks to the continued work of CDG’s procurement teams.

Cafe Rouge topped the chart with a 3.5 (out of five) blue-fish rating and Bella Italia followed closely behind with a 3.0 blue-fish score.

Only eight restaurant businesses surveyed over the past year achieved Fish2fork’s blue fish rating, denoting sustainability practices that meet or exceed the minimum standard.

Tim Glover, managing director of Fish2fork, the online restaurant guide, said: “It is fantastic that some of the UK’s most popular restaurants really are making an effort to seek out sustainable sources of seafood, often as a result of engaging with Fish2fork.”

Commenting on behalf of Casual Dining Group, Tim Doubleday, Chief Financial Officer, said: “We recognise the profound responsibility all restaurant businesses have in sourcing fish ethically and sustainably, and as such taking it extremely seriously, striving to be recognised as a leader in this area. In partnership with government bodies and respected organisations such as Fish2fork, we have worked hard to scrutinise our supply chain, systems and processes to categorically ensure sustainable sourcing across all our brands – Café Rouge, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and La Tasca. We are delighted to be recognised in this way by Fish2fork and look forward to building on our partnership in the future.”

The latest assessment follows the autumn 2015 project which looked at the sustainability of seafood served by 12 chains. Since then, Fish2fork and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have revised their scoring system, making it harder to achieve blue-fish ratings.