Culinary Collaborations LLC became the latest partner in the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA). The GTA is an independent group of retailers and supply-chain companies who work to ensure that tuna ultimately meets the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility.
Culinary Collaborations LLC (CCL) is a premium supplier of clean, all-natural, sustainable, and traceable seafood and sushi ingredients to the North American market. CCL are SuperFrozen tuna industry experts, and their passion is to transform the retail sushi industry into “Clean and Green ” all-natural programs. They are one of the few Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified sushi ingredients suppliers in the world.
“Tuna is a foundational sushi ingredient,” explained CCL CEO, Michael McNicholas, “It is also super popular for cooked preparations and canned products.” Tuna is a highly migratory species, making it challenging to protect and ensure there are sustainable harvesting practices in place for the various populations. There have been major improvements in tuna sustainability practices, but there is still a long road ahead and much more is needed across the industry. For this reason, we proudly join the growing membership and global efforts of the Global Tuna Alliance. As part of CCL’s sustainability commitment, we are about to introduce MSC certified SuperFrozen bigeye tuna for sushi – after 10 years of hard work by the NGO community, fishing community, and encouraged by the foodservice community. Membership creates impetus and we join the GTA to press forward on the early successes and to build out sustainability and ethical sourcing.”
Dr Tom Pickerell, Executive Director at the Global Tuna Alliance, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Culinary Collaborations LLC to the GTA. I have worked with Michael previously, and greatly respect his eagerness in embracing sustainability endeavours. A GTA Milestone – Culinary Collaborations LLC is our first North American member, which demonstrates the global desire to improve tuna fisheries”.