Here's the top-selling seafood for Thanksgiving week

Published on
November 25, 2015

While turkey is obviously the star of Americans’ Thanksgiving plates, many families eat seafood with their traditional meals. Fresh fish and shellfish- particularly oysters, shrimp and crab –proliferate. As a result, a number of U.S. retailers are offering seafood specials this week.

“Seafood does sell well around Thanksgiving. It’s nothing like Christmas or New Year’s, but we definitely see an increase in business,” Jessica Zabel, marketing director of North Palm Beach, Fla.-based Cod & Capers Seafood Market and Restaurant, told SeafoodSource.

Attracting shoppers to Cod & Capers during Thanksgiving week are specials on scallops, Florida stone crab and red snapper – along with turkeys. “We offer fresh all-natural turkeys through pre-orders to our customers. It has helped us to bring people into the store who might not normally be shopping in a seafood market over Thanksgiving,” Zabel said.

Retailers throughout Florida and the U.S. are featuring stone crab on special. Because of plentiful landings this season, prices have dropped by USD 3 (EUR 2.81) to USD 5 (EUR 4.68) per pound wholesale. “The Florida stone crab claw catch this season has been fantastic and the prices have dropped to a very nice and affordable range for our customers,” Zabel said. As a result, Cod & Capers is featuring large stone crab claws for USD 26.95 (EUR 25.31) a pound.

For gatherings of family and friends, cooked shrimp trays with cocktail sauce is always popular. Whole Foods Market is promoting Vietnam farmed cooked 31/40s shrimp for USD 9.99 (EUR 9.38) a pound, a USD 6 (EUR 5.64) per pound savings. Vons is selling farmed large cooked shrimp for US 7.99 (EUR 7.50) per pound, along with Alaskan snow crab clusters for USD 6.99 (EUR 6.57) a pound.

Likewise, Cod & Capers is featuring Florida rock shrimp for USD 16.95 (EUR 15.92) a pound. “It’s a great item for busy weeks when customers might be in a hurry because they cook very quickly and they are already peeled and deveined,” Zabel said. Many of the store’s customers are buying cooked shrimp and stone crab claws to have as appetizers at their house or to take to a family member’s house. “We have pre-orders for well over 30 pounds of cooked shrimp and we will sell a lot more through walk-in business the day before Thanksgiving,” Zabel said.

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