Mevalco MSC octopus

Retailers on tent-acles for Mevalco launch

Mevalco is bringing an industry-first MSC Octopus to the UK market for retail customers.

The Spanish wholesaler is bringing the sustainably harvested octopus – known as old fisherman’s octopus – to Britain and stands out because of its unique flavour that comes from its environment, its diet of shellfish and the fact that it is fibrous and a darker colour.

The octopus legs are cut and weighed by hand, then immediately frozen to support flavour and texture, and stored for a month before being cooked in their own juices and vacuum-packed to arrive in perfect condition in the UK.

“This MSC octopus comes only from the Cantabrian Sea,” explained Mevalco Joint Managing Director David Menendez.

“MSC is seen as increasingly important for the harvesting of octopuses and this is the product that everyone has been waiting for.

“Boats pay extra for certification and have an inspector on board checking every step of the way.  The octopuses are harvested sustainability and at the right time of year.

“Availability is limited, as it must be for a product certificated as sustainable by MSC.  We are proud importers of the only MSC octopus in Europe, and probably the most gastronomic octopus in the world.”

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