Market Report: December 19, 2011

December 20, 2011


Hybrid Striped Bass

Farm-raised striped bass are found in California and from Texas to Maryland. They are distinguished by dark stripes along each of its sides; this species has a silver-black back and a white belly. Harvested in freshwater tanks, raceways, and ponds, striped bass are available year-round with peak season from September to February. They have a mild flavor with a moist, firm and flaky texture. Striped bass are best served whole or in fillet form, baked, steamed, grilled, sautéed, or poached.

Merry Christmas to all!


Notes From Our Buyer

Atlantic Salmon
Prices continue to creep up.  Christmas demand is the cause.

American Red Snapper
The name sells itself.  This fish is perfect for special boards or an addition to you menu.  Try it once, and you will be hooked.

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 are 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.

Domestic Crabmeat
Domestic crabmeat is done for a few weeks.  I will be looking for some imported product.  Get with your sales rep for more details.

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 will not have any for this 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!!!