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To help local and regional economies, The Fresh Market is inviting customers to include wild shrimp in their family meals and support local fishermen. The company's stores in coastal states from North Carolina to Louisiana are selling shrimp directly from the waters off their states. Said to be more nutritious and superior in flavor to their farm-raised counterparts, wild shrimp are offered in three varieties: red, white, and pink.
"Over 85 percent of all shrimp consumed in the United States today are farm raised overseas and imported to our country," said Edward Woods of Wood's Fisheries, Inc., a Florida-based shrimper. "The Fresh Market is giving consumers a choice that is not only a win for the U.S. shrimp industry, but for the consumer as well. Simply put, The Fresh Market is providing the consumer with the very best in healthy, sustainable, and tasty seafood by offering wild shrimp."
The Fresh Market, a privately held company headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., operates 80 stores in 18 states, concentrated in the Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic, with plans for expansion in those areas.