AIRED 09/19/2016

Slow Start to Cod Fishery Leaves Fillet Inventories Bare

September 19, 2016 - Welcome to The Tradex Foods "3-Minute Market Insight This is Rob Reierson and here is the seafood news for the week of September 19th, 2016.

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--- Recent reports from West Coast vendors show Pacific Cod frozen fillet and loin inventories drying up as the Fall fishery is underway. It is expected that the September fishery will not produce much significant volume of Cod Fillets. Trawl fishing on the Bering Sea runs from January 20th to November 1st. The annual allocation for Pacific Cod by trawler vessels in the non-directed fishery was just shy of 50,000 metric tonnes With several months of fishing left, optimism is low, especially on smaller sizes. As of late last week, Seattle inventories are weak on 4-8oz and 8-16oz shatterpack Alaska pollock fillets. Shorter supply has caused a price jump, mostly notably on 8-16oz fillets where a 4 point raise brought shatterpack product to $3.65/lb USD in Seattle. Our advice to buyers is to act on any offers on smaller fillets as we don't anticipate any relief in the near future. Unlike last year, inventories of larger fillets like 16-32oz and 32ups are still around. In the Gulf of Alaska, the Pacific Cod total allowable catch was set at 71.9 thousand metric tonnes, which is down about 5 percent for the fishery that runs September 1st to October 15th. This short fishery typically produces H&G and blocks; however, this year there will be a focus on both H&G and filleting because of the poor harvests in January. Expect more fillets to hit freezers in February when the new season opens. --- In the twice frozen markets, we have seen stable Pacific Cod pricing coast-to-coast. Pacific cod loins in Boston are hitting price points of $2.85 at the moment, comparable with an Atlantic Cod loin at $3.25/lb. Speaking of Atlantic Cod, after several months of rising raw material pricing, there could some relief on the horizon. Supply continues to pose problems for major packers in China, with production space booked up until the New Year, but raw materials dropped by about $100 per metric tonne last week. --- Keeping in theme, our offer of the week is for 6oz Sinbad brand Pacific Cod Loins These are #1 quality, cut from Frozen at sea Russian raw materials, packed 1x10lb and available in L.A for a sharp price of $2.70 on a 1500 lb minimum order. Click or tap the icon above to view this offer. ----Thank you for joining me for the Tradex Foods "3-Minute Market Insight" This is Rob Reierson - “BUY SMART” and “EAT MORE SEAFOOD"

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