Auto Mercado is a leading supermarket chain in terms of quality, variety and service, and has operated in Costa Rica since 1960. This local, family-owned business currently operates in 17 locations throughout the country.
Its commitment to the environment and principles of social responsibility has lead Auto Mercado to embark on the process of implementing MarViva’s Standard for Environmental Responsibility, motivating its providers to comply with responsible fishing criteria and raising awareness among its clients on responsible consumption.
Z&M Seafood Corporation is a family-owned business that has been processing, packing and selling fish and other seafood since 2000.
Over time, the “Bikölö” brand was developed to promote and differentiate responsible fishing products so that the company’s clients can distinguish the efforts made by committed fishers through good practices and, in turn, obtain a superior product.
Since 2013, Z&M is participating in a pilot traceability program, and is currently in the process of implementing the MarViva Standard.
The Mykonos Hotel & Convention Center is located in Santiago, in the province of Varaguas, Panama. It includes Restaurante Stefano’s, which offers a significant selection of fish and other seafood dishes on its menu. Thanks to its interest in the Gold certification in the Standard for Environmental Responsibility in the Commercialization of Marine Fish, over the last several months this hotel has implemented an environmental policy that promotes responsible fishing and consumption.
It is currently working with fish providers to apply species conservation criteria that guarantee sustainability, and generating greater awareness among its clients through the promotion of responsible consumption.
The Ciudad de David Hotel is located in the province of Chiriquí, Panama, in the province’s capital district. It is characterized as one of the best hotels in the region, offering an international cuisine experience in its restaurant, Stylo Resto-Bar.
Stylo Resto-Bar’s menu changes seasonally, using only the freshest local ingredients, which allows it to work closely with fishing groups, motivating them to implement better fishing practices. The hotel has expressed interest in applying the Standard for Environmental Responsibility in the Commercialization of Marine Fish, and is currently revising an environmental policy that will serve as the basis for implementing the Standard.
Takami is a restaurant management group that has, since 2001, has developed and operated restaurants such as Horacio Barbato, Osaki, Central Cevichería, Pescadería Central, 80 Sillas, Sipote and La Fama. The restaurants have a central distribution center from which all products are dispatched.
Takami’s management team expressed interest in applying responsible fishing initiatives, and has therefore been supporting artisanal fishers and purchasing fish products from Fish Mare in Nuquí, Gulf of Tribugá, Chocó since 2011. This group of restaurants represents the second pilot of the Standard, and is currently in the implementation phase.
Cencosud is one of the largest and most prestigious retail conglomerates in Latin America.
It has active operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia. It is the first supermarket to apply the Standard in Colombia, and is currently in the implementation phase.
Wok is a restaurant serving Asian cuisine. It first opened in 2000, and now has 12 branches throughout Bogotá. Over four years ago, it decided to adopt a more environmental policy, framing itself as a restaurant that is concerned for the environment and natural resources. Wok contacted the MarViva Foundation, which connected it with Red de Frío in Bahía Solano, and has been providing support through technical accompaniment and information related to responsible artisanal fishing.
Wok became the first restaurant to apply the Standard for Environmental Responsibility in the Commercialization of Marine Fish. The restaurant is currently in the certification process.