February 12, 2009

60-Second Grocery Shopper: Bumble Bee Prime Fillet® Solid White Albacore in Water

    Canned tuna is one of the most popular protein sources in the American diet. It is considered by many to be an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals and is low in saturated fat. Additionally, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids account for approximately 30% of the fat in albacore tuna packed in water.
    But not all tuna is alike. Some tuna (labeled chunk light) is a lot of shredded tuna shavings with a couple of recognizable bits of meat. It is, however, the least expensive. At the top of the canned tuna food chain are the Italian imports packed in olive oil, which can go for a much as $6.99 a can at specialty food shops.
    A reasonable compromise at around $2.30 is the Bumble Bee Prime Fillet White Albacore in Water. This solid white albacore has good color and texture, meaty chunks of fish, and is truly packed in water (no vegetable broth added as a flavor booster). With its mild flavor, it is a perfect foil for your favorite tuna recipe.
    Note: Bumble Bee is committed to dolphin-safe fishing practices. Although fishing regulations are currently being diluted, according to the company Web site: “The commitment of Bumble Bee to dolphin safety will remain unchanged regardless of any changes to the dolphin-safe law.”
Approximately $2.39 at your local grocery store.
Originally published February 12, 2009, Las Vegas Weekly.


Updated 2011:

Bumble Bee Foods remains fully committed to the 100% dolphin-safe policy we implemented in April 1990. This policy guarantees the following:
  •  Bumble Bee will not purchase tuna from vessels that net fish associated with dolphins. Our purchasing agreements require certification of dolphin-safe fishing practices from all tuna suppliers. 
  •  Bumble Bee will not purchase tuna caught with gill or drift nets as use of these nets can sometimes entrap dolphins, other marine mammals, or birds.
We continue to strictly adhere to our 100% dolphin-safe policy.