Brands and Products We Don’t Offer, and Why

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Why that brand you’re curious about isn’t here…

We’ve decided not to carry it, or we’re in the process of deciding.

So please ask us about it. In some cases we’re in negotiations to bring that product line in and we can add you to the “interested” list. Or we may be waiting to find out if there’s any interest and your request could be the one that sparks the decision.

Top five reasons we don’t carry what you are searching for

Company doesn’t export to the US

This happens with lots of small, family-owned, and bespoke producers. Exporting to the US market is a big business leap and they aren’t prepared for–or interested in–doing it. Until then, we’ll have to plan our future vacations around getting those conservas from their native lands.

They don’t work with small retailers

Rainbow Tomatoes Garden is not a big box store or building a spaceship, and some producers work only with customers that can guarantee more sales volume than we can. It’s a shame, but that’s how it goes in business.

Brand is a private label from another cannery

Usually in this case, we already carry the cannery’s main line. Marketing them under a different name is a reasonable business strategy, and we do carry some brands like that, but some we do not.  Some private labels have an added disincentive of higher prices because of a famous name attached to the marketing. 

Company offers unattractive pricing

You want reasonable prices and we want to make a profit, so when the margin between wholesale price and retail price is too small, we pass. We’re not going to jack up the cost to you to cover our expenses and we aren’t able to take a loss.

Product didn’t sell or had poor feedback

You know how much we pay attention to your comments and suggestions, so when you tell us that a brand isn’t as good as we thought, we drop it. Or if we sit on stock for a long time without any sales, we don’t order more.

Description

Brands below fall into one (or more) of the categories listed above. If you’re interested in more specifics, just ask.

abc+ (abc plus), Agromar, Amberfish, Bar Harbor, Beach Cliff, Bela-Olhão, Berthe, Bom Petisco, Briosa Gourmet, Brunswick, Bumble Bee, Cocagne, Connetable, Conservas Angelachu, Conservas Serrats, Corretora, Crown Prince, Da Morgada, Daporta, Delallo, Dongwon, Donostia, Don Renaldo, El Manar, Escuris, Fishwife (Campfire Cod, Fly by Jing, Smoked Trout), Good Boy, Hénaff, J Basket, José Andrés Foods, José Peña, Jupiter, Island Creek, K-Town, Kanzumi Takenaka, La Belle-Iloise, La Capitana, La Compagnie Bretonne, La Curiosa, La Gondola, La Perle des Dieux, La Quiberonnaise, La Sirena, Los Peperetes, Luças, Mabuti, Manna Gourmet, Mariscadora (Costas y Miñan), Millionaires, Mina, Minnow, Nazarena, Palacio de Oriente, Panasia, Pinhais, Pyscis, Paco LaFuente, Paralleles, Polar, Pujadó Solano, Ramirez, Reese, Roland, Rosa Lafuente, Rödel, Safe Catch, Salmon Sisters, Sanfilippo, Santo Amaro, Seasons, Scout Canning, Siesta, Smiling Fish Fried Baby Clams, Sotavento, Sultan, Tenorio, Tito, Titus, Tonnino, Trader Joe’s, Tricana, Varina, Vital Choice, Wild Planet, Wixter, Xavier.

If you’re looking for King Oscar in Tapatio Hot Sauce, that’s a product they only made once, years ago, and which customers loved the flavor of but hated the texture of due to the vinegar of the sauce which made the fish fall apart more than consumers felt was desirable. No one has them for sale any more.

Fish Steaks is a term used by Beach Cliff (and others) for herring fillets. Check out our line of Rügen Fisch products for similar (and we believe substantially better) items. And while we’re talking about Rügen Fisch, to the best of our knowledge their bratheringe/bratherringe product (fried, marinated herring) is not available in the US.

We do not currently carry gefilte fish. It only seems to be available in very large thin-walled glass jars that we’re not comfortable shipping by small parcel service.

We do not currently carry abalone, but we’d like to. From our research it appears that there’s a lot of undesirable product coming out of China, and a very, very little super desirable product coming out of Mexico. We’re on the list to receive some of the good stuff.

We do not currently carry snails (aka escargot). We may in the future, but so far demand has been low enough that we haven’t put the effort into tracking down a good source.

We do not carry any items that require refrigeration during shipment, which means no white wine marinated anchovy fillets, sometimes called white anchovies or boquerones (though both terms are also sometimes used to describe whole anchovies processed like sardines, which we do carry), no soft cod roes, pickled herring, herring in sour cream, lox, gravlox, or other perishable items.

We do not carry any dried fish products, like katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), or any fish jerky or dried squid. It’s a logical extension, and we may at some point branch out in that direction. Let us know if you’d be interested, it would help us decide.

We do not carry any of the Wildfish Cannery “special release” products, such as their Octopus in Bullwhip Kelp Hot Sauce, Rockfish in Escabeche, Rockfish with Sumac and Dill, or Smoked Salmon Caviar.

We were told that Connétable has stopped exporting to the US, but it appears that they’ve stopped working with small importers to distribute their more specialty items (we loved the Connétable smoked cod liver, with and without Piment d’Espelette), and are instead moving their more industrially produced items through Amazon.

We do not carry any of the Jose Gourmet pate products, including the Jose Gourmet Spiced Mackerel Pate. We don’t like them, and we only carry the products we like.  De gustibus non est disputandum. We do not carry the Ferrigno Les Belles de Marseille mousse, rillette, cream or pate products for the same reason.

We do not carry any of the Espinaler pate products, including the Espinaler mussel pate, scorpionfish pate, &c. We don’t like them. We also don’t carry Espinaler Romesco Sauce or any of their other condiments. It’s really hard for a glass jarred product to break into our line-up at this point, because of all of the extra labor and added shipping costs they require.

We do not carry any surströmming.

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