The West Des Moines-based grocery chain Hy-Vee’s efforts to promote sustainable seafood has earned the retailer high marks in a Greenpeace ranking of U.S. supermarkets trying to protect oceans and seafood industry workers. The retailer joins Whole Foods, Wegmans and Safeway to round out the top four on the list.
Costco, which came in 15th, had the worst rating of all the area stores represented.
Hy-Vee is working to make sure its entire selection private brand fresh and frozen fish is harvested or raised with minimal damage to the environment or sea life. All of the fish it sells comes from the wild or fish farms. Hy-Vee has partnered with a Fishwise, a sustainable seafood consulting organization, to navigate the waters of sustainability.
Environmental group Greenpeace’s 2015 Carting Away the Oceans report evaluated and ranked grocer’s efforts in seafood sustainability and protecting industry workers.
The retailer is working on converting all of its seafood offerings to comply with the sustainability rules, including canned fish and processed products such as fish sticks, he said. There are some private brand Hy-Vee canned fish products that meet the criteria and carry the Responsible Choice logo, .
Greenpeace ranked these grocery stores in order of their sustainability efforts. Companies are ranked on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the worst.