EP 330 | AIRED 04/10/2017

Sockeye Market Expectations Moving Into the Next Season

April 10, 2017 - Welcome to The Tradex Foods "3-Minute Market Insight" This is Robert Reierson and here is the seafood news for the week of April 10th, 2017.

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--- Sockeye inventories are all but bare, leading into the new season in Alaska and British Columbia. Typically we see load quantities come out of the woodworks this time of the year, but not the case this year. Fillet pricing has been steady since last summer, ranging between $6.65 and $6.85 per pound in Vancouver. However, any remaining fillet inventories, if you can find them, are approaching $7.00 per pound. Many Alaskan vendors put out more fillets last season than typically expected - we can see proof of this in the abundance of trim offers, and lack of H&G offers. As you know, trim is what is leftover after production and then frozen. Trim offers ranged from the high $2s to the low-to-mid $3s in the middle of March. 4-6lb #2s are around $3.50 in Seattle, with #1 Blushes about 25 cents higher. --- 52.9 million sockeye were harvested in Alaska last year with an average fish size of 5.4 pounds - compare that to 54 million fish in 2015 at an average size of 5.2 pounds. 2017 projections for Alaska show Sockeye harvests around 40.9 million fish, so we anticipate the price to rise with minimum supply early on in the season. --- In the world markets, Russian Sockeye will be a factor this year. US imports of Frozen Sockeye Salmon in 2016 from Russia were the strongest in the past 8 years. At 3.65 million pounds last year, there was a positive trade balance between the two nations and a 4.5 percent production surplus, according to our contact at the Federal Agency of Fisheries of the Russian Federation to the USA. Average costs per pound on Russian sockeye rose last year too to $3.21 per pound. Expect to see similar trends in 2017 as imports this year put import pricing on frozen sockeye at $3.32 per pound. --- Given the high pricing we have seen over the past months, expect to see pretty firm Sockeye pricing moving into the next season, especially as we do anticipate processors to continue to fillet more than H&G. --- Finally, our TradexLIVE offer of the week is for IVP Sinbad Platinum Sockeye Salmon Fillets. These are the last remaining inventory of some of the finest seafood available. We have 2,200 pounds of 1-3LB, Trim C fillets in Vancouver at a price of $6.95 / LB USD. 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 Robert Reierson - “BUY SMART” and “EAT MORE SEAFOOD"

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