FSA and SOYUZSOTSPIT will start joint work to ensure social nutrition with fish products
Within the framework of the International Fishery Forum, the Fishery Shipowners Association (FSA) and the Union for the Development of Social Nutrition (SOYUZSOTSPIT) signed an agreement on cooperation to provide the Russian social nutrition system with high-quality fish products.
The document was signed by FSA President Alexei Osintsev and Director of the Union Vladimir Chernigov.
The Association will support the Union in cooperating with Russian producers in order to develop and target the production of fish products for social catering enterprises in schools with specified organoleptic properties.
“Dishes of fish fillet and mince are optimal for school meals. These products have great potential: the annual need of schools for safe high-quality fish fillets and minced meat is estimated at about 30 thousand tons, which is a quarter of the volume of pollock deep processing today, - commented Alexey Osintsev. “However, today schools buy low-processed frozen fish products, and dishes are made from semi-finished products produced in canteens. As a result, the yield of the product decreases, there are risks of violating the standards for the preparation, which affects the taste properties of finished dishes. The purpose of the agreement is to coordinate interaction in the industrial production of ready-made semi-finished products for school meals of high quality and meeting children's taste.
“Fish is an obligatory and indispensable component of the school menu. Unfortunately, often it is present in it only "for show". Cooking fish deliciously is not an easy task even for an experienced chef. Children often don't like the taste of the offered fish dishes, so they prefer other products, - explains Vladimir Chernigov. – We need the support of fish processors, their close cooperation with social catering operators. Then we will be able to offer exactly those products that will appeal to schoolchildren. At the same time, they will meet the most stringent requirements for children's nutrition, and will receive a stable and guaranteed quality.”