Market Report: May 28, 2012

May 30, 2012

black drum


Black Drum…

Black drum gets its name from its ability to produce croaking or drumming sounds with the air bladder.  While some prefer flounder, red drum, snapper, or some more glamorous fish, many anglers maintain that black drum less than five pounds, cleaned and prepared properly, may be better than many of these so-called “choice” fish. Drum is the perfect choice for any menu because it is great cooked in any way.


Notes From Our Buyer

Copper River SalmoCopper River

Copper River salmon is here and beautiful.  The first batch was expensive, but the prices are now dropping.  Get on this while it lasts!  The season is only here for a couple of months.

We have some very nice Mediterranean mussels in for the week.  They are a little different from the Canadian PEI, but the flavor is fantastic.  This is a perfect item to add to the feature board or menu to create some excitement.
The public season has closed in Texas.  This means that only people with private leases will be able to harvest oysters in Texas.  This also means the price on sacks has jumped up quite a bit.  We will be sourcing oysters from all over the Gulf to keep up with demand.  We will have product, and will continue to have product, for all our loyal customers.
Whole Salmon
The less expensive Canadian whole salmon has created some opportunity on price.  These beautiful East Coast Canadian salmon are the way to go this week.
Trout 6 oz Natural Cut
We will start bringing in this product as a great lunch item for your menu or special board.  Is has a great presentation and good food cost.
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.

Soft shells will be here for the weekend!

We have some really nice halibut with great prices.  The season only lasts a little while, so get it while it lasts.

Redfish is really tight.  Our friends at the farm are keeping a close eye on inventory so they do not run out.  A great alternative for this product is 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!!!

There are a lot more tunas in the market now.  Prices are up a bit.

We will be receiving a good shot of mahi this weekend.  Prices are better, but not where we want them to be for sure.

The season is upon us and availability is strong.

A lot of the snapper boats are shrimping right now. They will make only a couple of trips per month at the most.  We don’t know what we’ll be getting for the weekend yet.

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

We should have some in this weekend.

We are seeing some opportunities on 5-7 fresh catfish.  Get with your sales rep for pricing.

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

Scottish Salmon Fillets 

Prices are moving up.  Quality is excellent.

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 rep for details.

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 rep 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.

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.

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