Market Report: December 12, 2011

December 13, 2011

atlantic salmon


ESQU Whole Salmon

A product from Canada

Just like growing grapes for a fine wine or a premium coffee bean, there is a ‘process of care’ as it relates to Atlantic farmed salmon – or any aquaculture product for that matter. Esqu salmon are the first in North America to be raised with feed, hatchery, farms, and processing plants, which are all SQF certified. Esqu implements the rigorous standards of production as set forth by the internationally recognized Safe Quality Food Certification (SQF) on a daily basis. You can taste the difference. This is a definite for your menu.


Notes From Our Buyer

We will be receiving some fantastic domestic swordfish form the famous Eagle Eye 2 boat, known for their outstanding quality.  Prices are higher than the South American fish, but you will see why.  Get it while it lasts!!!
Domestic Crab Meat
The colder the weather, the less and less fresh domestic crabmeat we will see.  We can offer beautiful frozen jumbo and lump crabmeat until the catches get better.  We also may be able to get Mexican as well.  Please contact the sales team for information.
Atlantic Salmon
Salmon fillets remain constant this week, but expect prices to begin to rise.  Christmas time causes the farmers in Chile to charge more because of demand.  It is very frustrating.
Yellowfin Tuna
Tuna is very tight this week.  Prices are up due to light catches.  Rough weather in the Gulf has hurt production, which places a larger demand on the other areas in the world.

Steelhead is a great feature for your menu.  It is affordable and can be used in a variety of cooking methods.

We have fresh farmed Norwegian 12-22 lb whole halibut coming in for the weekend.  This fish is a beautiful substitute for wild halibut while is not available.  We will also have refreshed available at a more affordable price.

Gulf Oysters
Oysters are looking good and in good supply.  Hopefully this will not change any time soon.

Farm raised redfish is perfect for your customers who care about the environment.  It is a perfect sustainable fish for any occasion.  Redfish on the half shell is one of my favorite dishes.

Domestic Catfish
Quality and pricing have been steady for a while now.  I don’t see any changes in near future, but Lent is around the corner.

Scallop prices are steady right now.  Product looks great and tastes even better.

Scottish Salmon Fillets 

Prices continue to increase due to the holiday demand.

Striped Bass
Beautiful farm-raised Texas striped bass is a perfect sustainable option for any menu!  The fish is kept below 38 degrees from the time it is harvested from the water to the time it hits your door.

Mongchong, Opah, and Barracuda
Looking for something from Hawaii???  We have a great partner over there that supplies us with fantastic fish from the Hawaiian waters.

We offer MSC certified seabass 10-15 kg as well as regular 20-30 kg seabass.

East Coast Oysters
Frugé has a wide variety of East Coast oysters available.  We send out an availability list each week of what we have to offer.  If you are not yet receiving this list, please get with your sales person and they will gladly add you to the email list.

Cod, Sole, and Haddock
These East Coast treats are a great change to your feature board!  With the movement of business travelers and transplants from all over, you don’t want to miss out on some great valued fish to add to your menu or feature board.  We only bring in what you want, so get your pre-orders in now.

Live Lobsters
We offer a full range of sizes of live lobsters straight from Maine and Canada.  Order today, and we will get them to you tomorrow.

Green, Golden, and Ruby trout
We are finally seeing a better supply of trout from our vendors.  Hopefully the shortages are over.

We are seeing more grouper now.  We will have some beautiful 10-20 black grouper coming in for the weekend!

Fresh and frozen tilapia have both seen price increases.  The increase on the fresh is due to higher feed and fuel costs.  The frozen is a combination of higher costs and flooding in Indonesia and China, where the majority of frozen tilapia is produced.

Black Drum 

This is a fantastic fish.  Great blackened, fried, baked, grilled, or any way you choose.  It is also great on the food cost!!!