“In the Know”

Author: Erika Eckley

Date: December 3, 2018

Seafood

Great Lakes
  • This past week was a struggle with the high winds, but looking ahead at the forecast we are in high hopes of good fishing conditions. ¬†Colder temps continue and have made Walleye come on strong and consistent. Fish are running on the smaller size, yielding mainly 10 oz. and down fillets, with limited ‚Äújumbos‚ÄĚ available.¬† Yellow Perch landings are moderate with the current strong focus on filling the last of the Walleye quota for 2018. We will continue to focus on Yellow Perch, as the quota for Walleye is filled. Hopefully winds cooperate this week!
  • Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are focusing more closely on Whitefish. This should trend heavily into December, with much more consistency and availability. The fish acquired from this area is mainly Medium, Large and Jumbos with very limited availability on small fish. Lake Michigan production will amp up again as fishermen start pulling nets again this Saturday in US waters.
Farm Raised Salmon
  • Black Pearl Scottish Salmon – good supply and level prices on farmed Scottish salmon.¬† Supply is expected to be good thru the last week of December, then the production plants in the U.K. shut down for 2 weeks to celebrate Christmas, boxing Day and New Year‚Äôs.¬† Expect limited to no supply on Black Pearl Salmon from January 1 to 10.
  • Chile pricing and supply continues to hold steady.¬† Lower than average demand for this time of year is keeping prices holding steady.
  • Canadian farms are showing better availability with prices holding at current levels.
  • Premium Ora King salmon, farm raised in New Zealand supply seems to have leveled off and is expected to hold at current level thru the next quarter.¬† Limited quantiles are being stocked with extra fish available as a special order.¬† Ask your Sales Rep about the Super Premium Tyee Ocean Run King Salmon from Ora.¬† Known as the salmon equivalent to Japanese Kobe beef, a very limited number of these fish will be available for Christmas and New Year‚Äôs ‚Äď while supplies last.
Wild Caught Salmon
  • Currently not seeing any¬† wild troll caught fish being offered.¬† Farm Raised King salmon are available as special orders ‚Äď both New Zealand Oras and Canadian Creative Kings.
Halibut
  • The 2018 Pacific Halibut season closed on November 7.¬† Fresh Atlantic Halibut will be brought in when available and reasonably priced.¬† Weather is the limiting factor for fresh halibut this time of year. There is also some fresh farm raised halibut available from Norway, but these fish are small and quite pricey.¬† We will be offering Refreshed Halibut ‚Äď fillets cut from previously frozen H&G fish, but please give an extra day lead time to allow our production team to properly thaw the H&G fish.
East Coast
  • More of the same, this weather pattern of wind & rain continue to hamper production; limited variety and higher costs will sum up the previous week. We are seeing fairly good supply on monk, Pollock, skate, hake has tightened a bit, but orders have been filled; also, we have been offered Tile fish out of the Eastern Canyons should you have some interest. The fluke fishery continues to be good and expect production to continue through the end of the month. This past Saturday, 12/1, the next opener will begin for Bluefin, a small quota & is expected to fill quickly. Nantucket Bay Scallop season continues, catches have been somewhat limited due to weather, prices still up.
Shellfish/Scallop/Lobster
  • Rough weather has once more limited the availability of clams, mussels and oysters; we expect this to remain the case through the early part of the upcoming week. Chesapeake oyster pre-orders are coming in and we are off to a good start for Christmas and New Year. Please prepare now and get your needs in the works to insure orders will be completed. Oysters/mussels are at their best with cold weather ‚Äúfattening‚ÄĚ them up and offering a very good meat/shell ratio.
  • As mentioned last week, Scallops prices went up over the weekend and new pricing has been installed. Just a ‚Äúnote‚ÄĚ, we are offering our ‚ÄúSuperior Select U-10 Dry‚ÄĚ for the month of December through our Superior View Flyer.
Gulf Species
  • Good availability on sword and tuna with costs down a bit; snapper prices have softened and availability on all sizes have been ok. Mahi still very available with minimal swings weekly, we expect to see this to be the case at least through the end of December.
Farmed Species
  • We will be carrying a good supply of the Icelandic Arctic Char Fillet through the month of December, as this item also will be featured in our Superior View Flyer. Generally, supplies have been ¬†good across the board for most all farmed species; we continue to suggest pre-orders, especially as we approach the Holidays; farmed species tend to be desirable for upcoming parties.

Produce

  • The¬†market¬†for¬†iceberg¬†lettuce¬†has¬†been¬†active¬†due¬†to¬†light¬†supplies¬†and¬†increased¬†demand¬†from¬†the¬†Northeast¬†and¬†Canadian¬†customers¬†buying¬†again.
  • Leaf¬†Lettuce:¬†Romaine¬†is¬†up¬†and¬†short¬†supplies,¬†Green¬†is¬†up¬†in¬†price¬†and¬†getting¬†shorter.¬†Red¬†is¬†getting¬†shorter.¬†Thanksgiving¬†pull¬†is¬†on¬†now,¬†prices¬†will¬†stay¬†high.
  • Strawberries¬†from¬†Oxnard,¬†Santa¬†Maria,¬†Mexico¬†have¬†good¬†supplies¬†and¬†quality.¬†Market¬†is¬†strong¬†and¬†prices¬†are¬†up.
  • Idaho¬†potatoes,¬†prices¬†have¬†started¬†to¬†rise¬†somewhat.¬†Overall,¬†consensus¬†continues¬†to¬†be¬†that¬†the¬†crop¬†will¬†be¬†short¬†this¬†season¬†–¬†Nationwide.
  • The¬†deal¬†continued¬†firm¬†last¬†week¬†as¬†supplies¬†dwindled¬†in¬†Salinas¬†and¬†Santa¬†Maria¬†for¬†broccoli.¬†Expect¬†the¬†same¬†for¬†this¬†week:¬†light¬†supplies¬†and¬†firm¬†pricing.

Beef/Pork

  • The current¬†beef¬†and¬†pork¬†markets are both sitting pretty steady, seems to have little to no change.
  • Ribs¬†&¬†tenderloins¬†have increased slightly, while everything else is remaining steady.

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