Market Report: January 30, 2012

January 31, 2012

arctic char


Fresh Arctic Char…

Fresh arctic char is a member of the salmon family and is similar in taste and texture to trout and salmon. It has a rich taste with a flavor profile somewhere between trout and salmon with a fat content close to that of sockeye salmon. The flesh ranges in color from light pink to deep red with moderately firm but fine flakes. Char’s body shape resembles salmon, and they have silvery skin with flecks of pink along the sides and splashes of green and blue along their back. Arctic char is delicious and popular choice for any menu board.


Notes From Our Buyer

Tuna continues to be an issue.  Some of the reasons for this are that the product out of the Western Pacific Rim is being snatched up by Japan.  They are buying it H&G, processing it, and Super Freezing it there.  This is keeping the prices high.  Trinidad is having issues with pilot whales eating the tunas off the long lines.  Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama are fishing mostly for mahi because of its high demand.  We will continue to have beautiful tuna form the Western Pacific Rim until South America begins to fish for tuna again.
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
Most of the Texas bays are open.  We should be seeing product out of Texas this week.  It is about time!!!

Crawfish season has started, and they are plentiful and delicious. We saw a price drop last week due to the amount of excess crawfish on the market. It’s likely to see another price drop soon assuming the catch stays up!  As for sizing the crawfish, all are still straight run because the shells are too soft to grade. Overall the size of the crawfish are mostly medium with a few larger crawfish mixed in the sacks.

We will have a bit of domestic AJ for the weekend.  Get is while it lasts.

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.

Stone Crab Claws
These beautiful claws are available now by pre-order only.  Please contact your sales rep for details.

Pacific Rockfish fillets
What a great item to spice up your feature board.  These little fish are great eating.  We fly them in from the Pacific Northwest, so place your pre-orders today!

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

We have a nice shot of fresh East Coast halibut for the weekend.  Product is beautiful.

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
The quality of our Scottish fillets is outstanding!  Prices should remain constant for the next several weeks.

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.

Grouper is a fantastic fish for anyone looking for something different.  A blackened grouper sandwich is a perfect bar item or grilled with a fancy sauce for a center of the plate entrée.

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!!!