Posted: 30/05/2021

Product focus: Seafood

As picnicking season ramps up, it’s time to refresh your deli counter. We kick off this product round-up with a look at seafood.

Having built up a following for its smoked trout pâté, Butler Country Estates is now selling fillets and whole sides of Hampshire trout. The fillets are pin boned and brine cured before being hot smoked using an aromatic mix of apple, oak and hickory. Butler’s whole fish are gilled and gutted, and packed immediately after the smoking process. Retail pricing is £30/kg for whole fish and £40/kg for fillets.

Working with International Fish Canners, The Orange Buffalo has combined two of its flagship buffalo wing sauces with wild Scottish mackerel fillets to give tinned fish a modern makeover.  This represents the latest foray for the London-based restaurant brand, which already has an at-home bottled sauce range. The two tinned fish varieties – K-Town and Woof Woof – have an RRP of £3.

The BigFish range has been extended with two hot-smoked lines. Hot Smoked Salmon is made with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status fish from Scotland, certified to the GGN standard for sustainable aquaculture. Hot Smoked Loch Trout uses a strain of rainbow trout that is from the same family as Atlantic salmon and rich in Omega-3. RRP £5.99 for 250g.

Cornwall-based Seafood & Eat It has treated its collection of ready-to-eat British crab products to bold new pack designs. The range, which takes in Dressed Crab, White Crab, Brown Crab, Fifty Fifty Crab and Potted Crab with Brown Shrimp, features crab that is pot-caught in the traditional way and then hand-picked. RRPs start at £2.99.

West Country wholesale seafood supplier Meridian Sea is adding Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified anchovy fillets from the Bay of Biscay Fishery to its portfolio. As well as having a unique flavour, Bay of Biscay fish tend to be larger than their Mediterranean cousins. Initially, Meridian will be offering chilled marinated anchovy fillets in 100g and 150g tray packs.

After picking up a 3-star in the 2020 Great Taste awards, Orkney producer Humes has treated its Oak Smoked Mackerel to new livery. The mackerel, which recently featured on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, is available ready to eat in two-fillet packs. Wholesale price £3.50.

Sustainable preserved fish brand Fish4Ever has launched its pole-and-line tuna in glass packaging. The tuna are fished one by one by local boats in the Azores, then packed locally in volcanic spring water (RRP £2.95 for 150g) or organic olive oil (RRP £3.75 for 150g).

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