96 ;e Costco Connection FEBRUARY 2016
Freelance writer Laura Bode
fills this month’s consumer
reporter slot with this behind-the-scenes look at a Costco
program. Send questions
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Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (alaska
seafood.org), a not-for-profit marketing organi-
zation that has been funded by the industry
and the state of Alaska for three decades.
First, here’s a breakdown of the main
types of fish from Alaska, all of which are sold
in several different forms at Costco.
Salmon. There are five Pacific salmon
species: king (chinook), sockeye (red), coho
(silver), keta (chum) and pink, the most abun-
dant. While each has a unique flavor profile,
sockeye is by far Alaska’s most popular species.
Cod. With its firm yet flaky and moist
texture, and its slightly sweet taste, cod is deli-
cious on its own as a main meal, but is also
delightful in chowders and salads. This popular white fish can easily be poached, roasted,
steamed, sautéed or deep-fried (it is the classic fish used for fish and chips).
Pollock. Pollock, a member of the cod
family, is considered the world’s most abundant food fish. Pacific pollock is mild in flavor and is often used in fish sticks and fish
sandwiches. It’s also most often used in
surimi, or imitation crab.
Halibut. Famous as the world’s premium white fish, halibut can grow to an
amazing size of more than 500 pounds. Over
the past five years, Andrews says, Alaska has
produced more than 80 percent of the world’s
I was pleased to learn all of
these species have qualities
that I’m looking for in my 2016
diet resolution. A 3.5-ounce
portion of any of these fish
contains around 25 grams of
protein, lean fat and—in the
case of salmon especially—a
hearty punch of heart-healthy
omega- 3 fatty acids.
“Studies have shown that
the omega-3s found in seafood, like salmon,
can help lower blood cholesterol levels,”
Andrews says. “Recent medical studies are
also showing that the omega- 3 oils found in
seafood have been linked to improvements in,
By Laura Bode
IT IS A new year—a fresh opportunity to
switch things up with personal health. I made
a pact with myself to skip the “New Year’s
diet” and focus instead on eating more lean
protein. For me, lean protein normally consists of chicken, pork or turkey, but I knew
that after too many meals of any of these my
husband would be begging to turn the kids’
college fund into a salary for a private chef.
One tasty and nutritious solution: fish.
Fish is a great source of lean protein, and
we don’t consume it often enough in my house.
Costco has a wonderful array of frozen wild
Alaskan seafood, from pollock and salmon
burgers to lemon pepper cod and battered halibut, making it easy for me to mix up the menu.
All of the fish from Alaska that Costco sells is
caught wild, as mandated by the state. At Costco
warehouses around the globe you will most
likely find Alaskan fish in the freezer section.
To find out more about Costco’s frozen
fish program, I contacted Adam Matkin,
Costco frozen foods buyer, and Larry
Andrews, retail marketing director of the
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