Market Report: November 15, 2011

November 15, 2011



It’s a white firm flesh fish similar to seabass.

Corvina is a general name for a boatload (pardon the expression) of fish found in many different parts of the world. They belong to the scaienidae family, which is better known as “drums or croakers.” Drum fish and croaker fish are differentiated by whether they produce a drumming sound or a croaking sound when they pop their heads above the water. Corvina has a mild, sweet taste with firm, large flaked flesh which is pinkish when raw but cooks up white.  The flesh resembles snapper.  In South America corvina is regarded as a prime table fish and is very popular for ceviche.

Corvina is also known as Bigtooth Corvina, Orange Mouth Corvina, Yellow Corvina, Silk Corvina, Shorfin Corvina, Gulf Corvina, Corbina, Drum, Yellow Croaker, Atlantic Croaker, California White Seabass, Chilean Croaker, Reef Croaker, Whitemouth Drummer, Shortfin Weakfish, Silver Weakfish, Sharpnose Hammer Cracker, Golden Croaker, Japanese Seabass and more.


Notes From Our Buyer

Corvina and Wahoo
Corvina and wahoo coming in for the weekend.  Place your pre-orders today!!!
Mahi Mahi
Mahi tightened up and prices are up a bit.  We will have plenty for the weekend, so keep it going.
Prices are still good this week on West Coast halibut.  I was told halibut was about over, and I still think it is, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Swordfish looks to be tight until the end of the year.  I hope to see some Gulf production from Texas or Louisiana soon to help out.
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!
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 steadily coming in.
Scallops prices are steady right now.  Product looks great and tastes even better.
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.
Yellowfin Tuna
Price and availability on tuna is better this week.  More tuna is out there, but not enough to make prices really low.
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 who supplies us with fantastic fish from the Hawaiian waters.
Domestic Crab Meat
Prices are up a bit and will continue to rise with the colder weather coming. Production is tightening up as well, hence the higher prices.
We have some beautiful 10-15 kg seabass in the building, regular and MSC.  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.
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.
Grouper is not being caught consistently right now.  Production has been terrible for the past week or so.
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!!!