Nutritionist Susan Greeley, MS, RD, recently published an article about our tilapia!

Susan Greeley NutritionistIn a world where more than 70 percent of the globe is covered with water, fish is a readily available food. As consumers catch on to its health benefits; however, the global demand for fish is steadily increasing while our seas are being overfished. As a fish eater myself and mother of four looking to feed my family right, I've looked into what sources provide "family friendly" fish from nutritional, environmental, and consumer standpoints. I'm voting for farmed tilapia on this one for several reasons.

Tilapia Helps Battle the Bulge - When looking for lean protein sources, it's hard to beat tilapia. It's low in calories and fat but still offers some "good" omega-3 fatty acids. Tilapia's nutrient profile makes it a great choice for a satisfying, delicious fish that won't expand your waistline. A healthy 6-ounce serving has under 200 calories with 34 grams of protein. What's more, a recent study in the Journal of Functional Foods suggests that fish protein may suppress appetite by stimulating the release of certain peptides during digestion that are known to decrease appetite. For years, dieters and weight-conscious consumers have been choosing fish over beef for its lower calorie and saturated fat content, but if eating fish can help reduce overeating, its potential weight lost and weight management benefits could be invaluable.

Sustainability: Choose Tilapia - In researching sustainable fish, I've found that responsible aquaculture, such as that used in Ecuador (where we get most of our farmed tilapia in the U.S.), provides one of the safest (non-contaminated) and most Earth-friendly fish around. Fish is raised in a low-density environment that allows them to grow in a stress- and disease-free environment, eliminating the need for chemicals and antibiotics. In other words, farmed tilapia is a smart food choice for a fresh fish that keeps the planet and us healthy. Read more about sustainability of tilapia here.

Consumers Reap Benefits of Tilapia - In addition to being safe and healthful nutritionally, farm-raised tilapia is a family-friendly fish. It's more affordable than wild-caught fish -- a factor that ranks high on the list of what matters most to cost-conscious consumers. That's good news for families on a tight budget that don't want to sacrifice nutrition and health.

When it comes to eating fish, tilapia is also a favorite because of its mild flavor and texture. The fillets are a great pick for kids since they have no bones. What parents appreciate is that tilapia fillets on the table help make dinner stress-free -- no choking worries or food wasted!

Go (Outdoor) Gourmet - Winter is over, and as we move to more outdoor living, this easy recipe [Summer Garden Tilapia] can be made on the grill, a campfire or in the kitchen. Use local or even home-grown herbs and tomatoes if you have them. Either way, this simple, fresh fish dish is sure to please the whole family -- and it can help keep you out of the kitchen on warm weather days!

This year marked Tropical's 17th year of exhibiting at the International boston Seafood Show (IBSS), where once again, we caught the attention of key buyers and other industry players from around the world.

At this year's event, we showcased the two newest additions to our product line: fresh and frozen Blue Foot White Shrimp from Ecuador and fresh pasteurized Brown Irish Crabmeat.

Blue Foot White Shrimp was spotted at the show for its unique succulent flavor and crisp texture, known to Tropical's Ecuadorian shrimp. Our latest product inclusion, Irish Crabmeat, reeled in attendees looking for an all-natural, mouthwatering bite, exclusive to our Irish Crabmeat.

Throughout the three exhibit days, attendees took a moment to look at our displays located in key areas of the convention center. At registration, we welcomed attendees with our column wraps carrying imagery for each of the products being prepared at our booth. At the booth, we communicated our commitment to sustainable, high quality seafood through a "Storyboard", showing the tilapia farming process "in a new and unique way for the type of venue", commented Sue Kogan of Seafood Business. The graphics portrayed Tropical's tilapia cycle: from raw materials (soy) used for tilapia feed obtained from the U.S. market, to the end product (tilapia) farmed in Ecuador and transported back here for U.S. consumption.

The rest of our displays took attendees for a travel back in time to the 1930's fish market scene, with the presence of a 1930's Ford Model A Huckster showcasing our fresh product line at our booth. At the North entrance to the convention center, a miniature replica gave a preview of the indoor display through graphics printed with eco-friendly dyes applied to our Smart Car.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited us during the show! For more information on our new products, call (802) 747-6311 or visit us at More pictures from the show can be seen on Facebook!