Market Report: September 16, 2013

September 17, 2013

Mahi Mahi Mahi

A tropical, warm water fish, Mahi (or Mahi Mahi) is referred to as “dolphin fish” (not to be confused with “flipper”). They get their name from swimming with the mammal dolphin. A full flavored fish with meat that is firm and quite versatile in cooking. Great for grilling, deep frying, stir frying and recently a popular ingredient in tacos. Darker in appearance, the Mahi meat has become increasingly popular for chefs looking for a more exotic variety for their menu.




School of Fish

Make your seafood decisions based on facts, not guesswork!

Come to the 3rd Annual Frugé Seafood School of Fish to learn moneymaking ideas, sell fresher product, and ultimately have happier customers!

 Monday, September 23, 2013

Las Colinas Country Club 
5:00 p.m. sharp
4400 North O’Connor Road / Irving, Texas 75062
Please RSVP to Denise @ 972.606.0800


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Orders must be placed by 4:00 PM for next day morning delivery.
All orders placed after 4:00 PM will be delivered the next business afternoon.
If you have any questions please give us a call at 877-215-4872.


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Notes from our buyer

Wild Salmon

We will have Coho this week.  This is a seasonal product, so make sure you are maximizing this fantastic product on your menus while it is available. Please let your Frugé Seafood sales representative know your needs.


East Coast Oysters

Several varieties of east coast oysters are available.  Ask your sales rep about your options, and they can also assist you with flavor profiles.  Blue Points are still a little sporadic, but we are bringing them in as often as we can.


Redfish is a great farmed product for your menu.

We have beautiful fish direct from Alaska.  The price is looking better for next week.


Cod, Sole, and Haddock 
We bring these delicate fish direct to our customers from Boston and only order what you need in order to provide you with a beautiful, fresh product every time. Get your pre-orders in early.

Chilean salmon prices are stable.  The Chilean holiday next week may cause a little fluctuation in price and/or availability, but we aren’t expecting any shortages.  We are also getting in large whole salmon from the North Sea (country of origin can be Scotland, Faroe Islands, or Norway).  The shortages in Europe appear to have stabilized, and we are seeing improvements in price.


Gulf Oysters

The first three weeks of September are usually the worst for oysters.  The Red Tide in Texas has made an already bad situation worse.  We are seeing very few Gulf Oysters and no Fresh Meat is available.  This will continue for at least two more weeks. We are offering frozen meat to existing customers.


American Red Snapper

American red snapper continues to be tight, but we do have them.  We also have beautiful lanes and yellowtail snapper.



Scallop prices are expected to begin increasing again.  We continue to have the larger product available but also offer a U/12 product for customers who are more price-sensitive.



Tuna prices are really up this week, but we are seeing some great quality fish.


Mahi Mahi

Mahi appears to be showing up more in the market and the prices are starting to fall.



Grouper prices are down a little; let’s hope this trend continues.  Ask your sales rep about the pre-cut Mexican fillets; these are great for your more price sensitive dishes.


Our farmed striped bass is from right here in Texas.  It is harvested, transported, prepared, and shipped under controlled temps.  This increases the quality and shelf life for you.

Black Drum

Many of you may be considering black drum as an alternative to redfish.  The product is available, but can be limited in the summer, so make sure we know your needs.


The domestic crabmeat has really been hard to find lately.  As soon as the cool fronts start coming through, the supply should improve.  This product is very sensitive to extreme hot or cold water temperatures.  Venezuela crab comes off conservation October 1st.


Domestic Catfish

Our catfish is farmed right here in Texas.  Prices are going up this week.  As the summer heat continues, the larger sizes of fish are tightening up a bit, so if you use a large fillet, please make sure we know your needs.


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 have a variety of seabass options.  We have H&G sized 20-30 kg as well as fillets cut from that size.  Get with your sales rep for details.


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.


Rainbow ‘Green’, Golden, and Ruby trout

The low water supply this summer has created a shortage on the larger red meat fish from Idaho.  The golden is also very scarce right not.  The water supply is back up now, and the product will be more plentiful towards the end of September.