Market Report: December 5, 2011

December 7, 2011


U4 “head on” Prawns

Shrimp, once regarded as a luxury food by most people, has become more affordable and available as demand for it steadily rises in the major consuming markets. Whole (head-on) U4 prawns from Nigeria: a premium product, would be great as an add on to an entrée or fantastic as an appetizer. These giant tiger prawns are large shrimp measuring eight to ten inches in length. The flavor is mild and pleasant. They compliment whatever they are served with, and they’re perfect for your holiday menu.


Notes From Our Buyer

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 halibut coming in for the weekend.  This fish is a beautiful substitute for wild halibut while is not available.
We are seeing a few swords out there.  Hope to get some in for next week.
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
We have beautiful 3-5 Scottish salmon fillets that will knock your socks off.  Prices are great, and quality is outstanding.  Get with your sales rep for details.
Price and availability on tuna is better this week.  More tuna is out there, but not too much to make prices really low.
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.
Price are up a bit but the quality is outstanding.  As the water gets colder, the prices and availability begin to move.
We offer MSC certified seabass 10-15 kg as well as regular 20-30 kg seabass.
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.
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.
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.
We are finally seeing a better supply of trout from our vendors.  Hopefully the shortages are over.
Salmon fillets remain constant this week.
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!!!