Market Report: February 27, 2012

March 7, 2012




Flatfish (as flounder are commonly referred) are the only vertebrates that have asymmetry, both eyes on one side of the head. Some species are sinistral (left-eyed) and some are dextral (right-eyed). Flatfish have unique coloration. The side of the eyes is darker, often spotted, while the underside is a creamy white color. Cooked meat is white with a mild and delicate flavor. It is medium-firm with a small flake. Because of their delicate taste, flounder are well suited for elaborate presentations such as stuffing and saucing. They are best poached, steamed, sautéed, microwaved, pan-fried, or deep-fried. East coast flounder is perfect for any menu.



Notes From Our Buyer

The tuna market has been incredibly tight, but we should have plenty for the weekend.  Prices continue to be strong.

Mahi Mahi
Mahi continues to be tight because a lot of the fresh mahi is being gobbled up by processors paying big bucks to freeze it into portions and fillets.  The fresh mahi is available, but still at a higher price than we were told last year.

Gulf Oysters
We are seeing some nice product from Texas now.  All is good.

Milder temps in Louisiana have really helped the early week production numbers for crawfish. We are expecting better volume this week and continuing on. We are still only offering straight run crawfish, but we expect to be washing and grading soon.

Fresh Crabmeat
Our fresh crabmeat from Venezuela and Columbia is awesome.  The meat is beautiful and fresh, and the shelf life you will have will knock your socks off.  If you have not tried it, get on the bandwagon.  This is a year round, high quality product that will keep you in the fresh crab business.  Domestic product is very tight as of now.  Like every year, it will get better as it warms up.

American Red Snapper
American reds are coming in pretty regularly now.  If the good weather continues, we should have plenty for all of your needs.

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

We’ll have a nice shot of marlin for the weekend.

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.

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

Whole Salmon Fillets
Whole Scottish salmon is practically nonexistent in the U.S. market right now due to the importance of the Lenten season in Europe.  Most of what is being produced is staying in Europe.  We will have some nice Canadian salmon in for the weekend.

Scottish Salmon Fillets
Pre-cut fillets are also tight for the same reasons.

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 20-30 kg seabass as well as pre-cut fillets.  Get with your sales person for details.

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
Trout projections look good on the green trout.  The golden and ruby are much better than before, but could still be a little tight.

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!!!