Red Lobster is committing to 100% sustainable seafood. It will all be traceable, sustainable and responsibly sourced. It’s part of their seafood with standards program.
CEO Kim Lopdrup stated, “Red Lobster’s vision is to be where the world goes for seafood, now and for generations. To do that, we need to make sure we’re sourcing in a way that ensures there’s high quality seafood available to enjoy for generations to come.”
Red Lobster will focus on bringing in seafood from known and trusted sources that also sue fair practices in the fishing industry. They will also follow fishing quotas, as well as avoid at-risk species, to avoid overfishing.
Red Lobster has tried to follow these guidelines for a while. In 1968, they even helped found an organization that laid out best fishing practices. This program is a 100% commitment to sustainability and provides more transparency and details. Red Lobster is part of a rising trend of chain restaurants becoming more sustainable. Even McDonalds is planning to have 100% renewable packaging by 2025 and Panera plans to switch to 100% cage-free eggs by 2020. Hopefully this sustainable trend continues to spread to other fast food companies — every brand should be doing their part.