Market Report: December 8, 2014

January 6, 2015

grouper

-Grouper

The grouper fish has a mild but very unique flavor, somewhat of a cross between bass and halibut.

Red grouper is not quite as firm and has a milder, sweeter flavor than Black or Gag.

 

Grouper are born as females but can later become male. Gag and red grouper are the most widely distributed of the Florida groupers. They are brownish gray in color with dark, worm-like side markings. Adults inhabit rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young occur inshore in waters around seagrass beds, mangrove forests and hard-bottom communities.

 

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Notes from our buyer

FRUGE SEAFOODS is proud to announce it will now be the exclusive distributor of PureFish sustainable seafood products for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. We will now be offering their full line of sustainable and Organic seafood items with direct shipment from Europe to ensure top quality and freshness for our customers.

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Wild Isles Organic Salmon

this E.U Certified Organic salmon is unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is certified organic and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added. This allows for the quality, taste, and texture of a Wild King salmon to be available year round. You and your customers will taste and see the difference..

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Wild Isles Ocean Trout

All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) begins its life in fresh water land based closed containment recirculation tanks, once these rainbow trout reach maturity, they are then transferred to wild water off the island of Skye in Scotland where the continue their grow-out in salt water until they reach a harvest size of 7-12 lbs each. The result is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking. This sustainably raised ocean trout is a more sustainable and lower costing than a similar Tasmanian Ocean Trout.

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Anglesey Aquaculture Mediterranean Sea Bass (Bronzino) – Unlike any other Mediterranean sea bass, this is truly sustainable.  Welsh sea bass is raised in a ZERO WASTE land based recirculation farm in Wales, UK. From egg to harvest every detail of its life cycle is cared for and highly monitored to produce the best tasting sea bass using no antibiotics, hormones, and feed free from all GMO’s. Sustainable aquaculture and a zero waste policy (all waste from farms is collected and sold as organic fertilizer to local Welsh farmers) ensures that this sea bass is truly the world’s most sustainable bronzino. You and your customers will truly take the difference and have a boutique product that is only available in 3 cities in North America..

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Mahi
Mahi supplies are tightening up this week, prices are on the rise. Limited amount for the weekend.

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Bell Farms Steelhead Trout
We have Bell Farms Steelhead Trout in 10lbs increments. Fillet sizes are 7-9oz skin on boneless fillets.  Bell Farms Trout has been designated Best Choice by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program.

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Clams & Mussels

These fresh shellfish options are a great addition to any menu.  A clam chowder or steamed mussels with pasta are great options as the weather starts to cool a little.

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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.

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Flounder

We’ve seen improvement in flounder landings. Call your Fruge rep to pre-order.

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East Coast Oysters 
Oyster varieties are awesome right now. Make sure you are signed up for our East Coast Oyster list for availability and prices.

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Redfish & Striped Bass 
This product is grown right here in Texas, which gives you the freshest fish possible.  We order this product straight from the farm, so keep us informed if your usages change, so we can be sure to keep you supplied with the freshest product. This Jumbo Redfish is very limited right now, but we have plenty of X-Jumbo to fill your redfish needs.  Please be sure to let your sales rep know if portions are an option.  Let us cut to your specifications so you don’t miss out on this fantastic product.

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Salmon
Chilean salmon prices are are stabilizing as we head into the holidays.  Make sure to maximize your usage while the price is low.  We also stock North Sea and Canadian product in whole and fillet form.  Check with your sales rep for case discounts if you are a volume user.

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Gulf Oysters 
We are seeing a good supply of sacks and gallons with most of our oyster coming out of Texas. Select gallons are a great product for oyster stuffing.  Prices are down.

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Snapper 
American Red snapper has been very difficult to come by.  We do have Lane Snapper which is a great substitute.  Call your sales rep for all information.

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Scallops 
Scallop prices are slightly up as is normal this time of year. We are exploring every option to get the best price and best quality product.  Please give us feedback on the new beautiful product we are buying straight from the boats.

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Tuna 

As we move out of the full moon lunar phase tuna supply has been low and prices remain high.

But we expect some relief in the coming weeks.

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Sword 
Sword is short this week. We expect more in by the weekend.

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Grouper 
The grouper supply is steady with prices holding this week.  Let your sales rep know if you are interested in this product.

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Sheepshead 
Beautiful Gulf sheepshead arriving from Hackberry, LA. Take advantange of this unique by catch today.

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Fresh Crabmeat 
Cold weather has shortened supplies of blue crab, fresh picked meat is up in price all across the board.

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Seabass 
We have a variety of seabass options.  We continue to carry H&G 20-30 kg as well as a smaller 10-20 kg if that is more of what you’re looking for. Prices are moving up and that trend will continue through the holidays.

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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.

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Rainbow Green™ and Ruby Trout 
The trout supply seems to be stable.  The variety of the cuts and sizes of this fish never cease to amaze me.  There are many options to meet your menu specifications.