Market Report: January 12, 2015

January 13, 2015

monkfish-Monkfish

Often compared to lobster meat, monkfish is known for its huge head and mouth, and its tight, meaty white flesh. A French cuisine favorite, it’s now becoming popular in the US. Of the monkfish, only the tail is edible. The flesh is bright white, lean and mild-tasting. Its lean flesh tends to dry out if overcooked, so generally prepared in soups and stews, but is very versatile in a number of methods. It has a unique flavor and texture, but if unavailable can be substituted for snapper, seabags, halibut, mani or sea scallops.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Product is running this week out of Ecuador and Costa Rica. Prices are looking decent for this week.

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Monk Tail Fillet
Nice runs of Monk Tail fillet arrived this week. This a great East Coast by catch that is very versatile.

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Black Bass
Whole 1-2lb fish from Virginia are in the building. We will see decent runs on these fish for the next couple of weeks.

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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

East Coast shellfish are back to normal after the New Year. Make sure to pre-order product with your Fruge Seafood sales rep.

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CodSole, 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

Decent numbers of East coast flounder coming in this week. 1-2 and 2-4lb fish are arriving now

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East Coast Oysters
Winter is finally setting in and starting to affect availability. We’ve had a few farms drop off: On the Cape, Rock Harbor is buttoned up for the winter and Pemaquids from Maine are finished too. In Canada St. Simon is dealing with ice that is too thick to harvest by boat, and too thin to harvest from above. Once the ice thickens they will start harvesting through the ice with chain saws. Don’t panic yet, there are still plenty of other choices for now….

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Redfish & Striped Bass
No changes here, the trend continues with jumbo sized redfish (2.5-3lb) being extremely tight right now, Extra Jumbo (3lb and Up) are in decent supply. Striped Bass is a better option this time of year.
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Salmon
Chilean salmon is back on track and moving nicely. Take advantage of the lower prices before we get into the Lenten season. 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

Gulf sack prices are on the rise, supplies are steady but not abundant, we are seeing a good supply of 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 and Lanes are both tight this week, but still tight this week. 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

Tuna is very expensive and very little product is available. Prices and availability look to get better by the end of the week

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Sword

Sword is still in short supply, prices are still on the rise this week. Expect shortages in the coming weeks.

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Grouper

The grouper supply is decent this week and prices are a little better this week. Let your sales rep know if you are interested in this product. The grouper supply will continue to be tight as the boats are fishing for octopus.

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Black Drum

High winds kept most boats dry docked last week. We will have product later in the week.

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Fresh Crabmeat

Domestic Crabmeat prices are up, and availability is very poor. This time of year is very difficult for all crab sources.

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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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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