Updated Monday July 25th, 2013
“The more things change, the more they remain the same…..”
Pelagic species continue to fluctuate more than Anthony Weiner’s twitter feed, with pricing and availability showing stability for one species and chaotic vortices of doom for another.
Sword market has stabilized for the time being, with Ecuadorian imports setting the tone in both volume and pricing… with New Zealand and Aussie holding off on shipping as they can achieve better returns in their other export markets as well as domestically down under.
Albacore pricing has become volatile as Tahiti landings are very slim, leaving mostly Fijian product to carry the flag. Pacific Northwest local albacore are also making an appearance, further complicating the picture.
Mahimahi has remained strong, along with ono and opah, as supplies are less than robust.
Half-shell green lip mussel prices continue to increase with short raw material and strong demand from Asia and Europe. The current wholesale price is $2.75-$2.85/lb depending on supplier.
Whole frozen snapper is tight with very little catch and inventory with strong demand from Asia which has further depleted NZ stocks. Perhaps we will see an opening to purchase with the NZ summer catch at end of year.
Lots of different sea bass species currently in the market place(groper, bluenose, white sea bass, corvina, etc). Bronzini wholesale prices remain firm at $4.95/lb for 400-600 gram size. Larger sizes have been more prevalent the last month.
Currently we are supplying Florida littleneck clams at summer price specials for 16 ct @ $2.25/lb wholesale. Plenty of product and a great alternative to compete with manila clams.
We have continued to import the Regal Springs Tilapia and have loads arriving to Los Angeles three times per week. With most customers seeking the 5-7oz fillet and prices remain firm at $4.45/lb wholesale. There could be shortages as we head into the fall season as product sales pickup for Sep/Oct.
Farmed Salmon prices are at a premium despite the fact that this time of year features all the wild salmon runs from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Both farmed Atlantic and King salmon would normally be moving at a snail’s pace during the summer months, but limited supply of both wild and farmed has put tension on the pricing. With two different suppliers trickling in as much farmed salt water king salmon from NZ as they have on hand at the moment, prices remain sky high(due to a few other conditions as well) FOB Los Angeles. We have more buyers than fish at the moment unfortunately. An alternative of course is our Mount Cook Alpine freshwater Saikou king salmon which has taken off since jumping back on the scene.
We have received intermittent surprise catches of bluenose and groper over the last couple months, most likely due to a strengthening USD with prices near the $7.00/lb range for H&G collar off fish. In between these shipments we have promoted the Central and sSuth American white sea bass(corvina) with great success as it is a price value compared to the local versions at the moment.
In shore species from NZ such as snapper/sea bream catches are currently decent and we are seeing some other varieties of the ruby snapper, golden snapper and alphonsinos to go along with it. Limited trevally, limited john dory available.
Shellfish from New Zealand has resurged due to a few factors and some issues with domestic oysters and clams. We are now featuring the “Kaipara” and “Coromandel” Pacific oysters and gaining great success at around the same price as the limited Kumomotos. Cockles and mussels have strong sales currently, but we may see a drop off as we face impending price increases in the near future.