Market Report: November 1, 2011

November 2, 2011



Pacific Rockfish Fillets…

Rockfish is a fin fish from the Pacific. It is an important year-round source of ground fish and includes dozens of related species. They are sweet with a mild flavor. Great for any menu because they are available year-round.

Rockfish that are familiar to consumers include snapper, Pacific snapper, rockfish, rock cod and black bass. Nearly 70 species of rockfish can be found along the west coast of North America, with some growing up to 40 pounds.

Notes From Our Buyer

Gulf Oysters

With Mississippi not staying open long and most of the Texas Gulf closed due to Red Tide, oysters will be hit and miss and prices will be up.  We are hoping that Texas opens in December, but that all depends on Mother Nature.

Stone Crab Claws

The new season opened strong and prices are already down.  Pre-orders are a must, so plan your menu and give us a call!

Pacific Rockfish fillet

Direct from the West Coast, this fish is beautiful.  Skinless and boneless makes for an easy prep in your kitchen.


Our redfish is farm-raised right here in Texas and is another great sustainable option for the menu.  Everyone knows its name, and it is very easy to sell.  It cooks up great any way!

Domestic Catfish

It looks like catfish production is a little better now.  No price relief yet, but product is coming in steady.


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

Mahi Mahi

Mahi season is really ramping up.  The docks are fighting with the fisherman on prices, but I feel the docks will win as early as next week.  Get ready, I hear it will be a great year!!!

Scottish Salmon Fillets

We have beautiful 3-5 Scottish salmon fillets that will knock your socks off.  Prices are great, and quality is outstanding.  Get with your sales rep for details.


Halibut is still looking great.  Prices are high but well worth it.

Yellowfin Tuna

One of our tuna guys said he has worked in the business almost 40 years, and has never seen tuna prices so high or tuna so hard to get.  Some of the reasons are a depleting supply, our weak dollar, Japan lost a lot of their fleet due to the tsunami, and Panama shut down their big boats because of a new law that went into place recently.  We will continue to source tuna from all parts of the world to ensure quality and availability.

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.

Domestic Crab Meat

Prices are steady and quality is outstanding.


We have some beautiful 20-30 kg seabass in the building.  Butcher it yourself or let us do the work.

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.


We are seeing more Swordfish in the market, but prices are still up a little. Quality is outstanding.

Green, Golden, and Ruby trout

We are finally seeing a better supply of trout from our vendors.  Hopefully the shortages are over.

Atlantic Salmon

Salmon fillets remain constant this week.


We should be receiving a good shot of 10-20 Red Grouper this weekend. Order it now before it is all gone.


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!!!