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Supermarketers hear tell why IQF shrimp is better.

Supermarketers Hear Tell Why IQF Shrimp is Better

The advantages of individually quick frozen (IQF) shrimp over block frozen raw headless packs are well worth the 10% average premium paid by retailers. That was the main point made by Frank Riggio during his presentation at the recent Seafood Merchandising Conference in Tampa, Fla.

"First off, you don't have to take the time and space to thaw the product out in your stores," said the Bee Gee Shrimp vice president of sales. "With IQF the processor grades it all out for you, pulling all irregular sizes. Broken pieces are eliminated and black spots are removed. The buyer gets true sizes and weights."

Riggio maintains that green headless shrimp is one of the most difficult and costly items for an operator to prepare. In addition to the problem of lack of uniformity, he said that many domestic packs contain short weights. Another drawback is that cooking is required, which if not done properly could cause the shrimp to become smaller, dryer or tougher than desired.

In an era when personnel shortages are prompting supermarkets to shy away from labor-intensive products, Riggio suggested that many retailers can ill afford not to stock IQF shrimp.

"We save you the agony of further processing," stated the vice president. "Our factory can provide anything from cooked shellon to peeled and deveined (P&D) thaw-and-serve items for fast track consumers."

The Lakeland, Fla.-headquartered Bee Gee, long a major food-service (catering) supplier, is increasingly targeting the U.S. retail segment as a growth market. In addition to packing frozen shrimp which is thawed out and merchandised from deli cases, the company has introduced what it calls a Cooked Shrimp Ring. Sold from frozen food cabinets, the 17-ounce plastic party container features P&D shrimp garnished with cocktail sauce.

Sourcing from around the world, raw materials from Colombia and China were noticed by Quick Frozen Foods International during a recent visit to the processing plant. The facility's 35,000-square-foot fully racked storage area can handle about 1,000 pallets of product. The company's diverse line includes such value-added items as breaded round, butterfly and split shrimp.

Riggio had this to say about cultured vs. wild shrimp: "We prefer ocean-caught species. Tigers, for example, have a tendency to be tough. But it's not a bad product, and aggressive pricing has been selling a lot of it."

Historically, Bee Gee has used pink shrimp caught by its own French Guiana and Guyana fleets to produce P&D packs. South American pinks are iodine-free, yielding a taste that agrees with the American palate.
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Title Annotation:QFFI's Global Seafood Magazine; individually quick frozen
Publication:Quick Frozen Foods International
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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