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May 21, 2010 11:21 AM

Copper River Salmon

Does anyone have any insight why QFC is charging only $24.99/lb for the CR King while Whole Foods: $37.99; Central Market:$34.99: Metropolitan Market : $34.99?

I sure wouldn't mind saving $10/lb if it's the real thing!

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  1. QFC as part of the Kroger supermarket chain has enormous buying power. They have probably purchased ten fold more that Whole Foods, Central and Met Market combined. Kroger can then pass the savings onto the consumer and maintain similar profit margins to the other retailers listed

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    1. re: urika

      But on a limited product like this, I'm not sure how much buying power can play into it. The volume's not there from a supply side to create such a difference in price.

      Also, QFC runs on much slimmer margins than Whole Foods, so that's part of it.

      Additionally, QFC may be using this as a loss-leader. That is selling it at, or below cost, to entice customers into the store to buy other items.

      From a more speculative end, I have think buyers from places like Whole Foods and Metropolitan Market offer higher prices to suppliers (knowing their customers will pay more) for the best of the catch and are able to get the best specimens of fish. (but again, this is much more speculative than the above points)

      Metropolitan Market
      1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

    2. Is it previously-frozen rather than fresh?

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      1. re: lavaca

        Unless you are eating fish within a few hours of the catch, the quality is better if it is frozen.
        Fish flash-frozen at sea is far superior to fish that has been sitting in the hold for any length of time.

      2. It could be the difference between Sockeye and King (Chinook), which is generally more expensive. At my local Thriftway Copper River Sockeye was going for $24.99 today.

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        1. re: LemonyRoux

          I had a CR Sockeye last night that I bought at Pike Place but grilled at home in Brooklyn. It may have been the only Copper River salmon in Brooklyn last night and it was great. It is much more flavorful than the usual farmed fish we get in the east. It wasn't cheap even buying it in Seattle.

        2. There's always Costco, if you don't mind filleting your own. Got a nice sockeye today, for $8.99/lb

          1. Wow. I paid $29.99/lb yesterday at my Whole Foods in Minneapolis for some excellent Copper River Salmon. Funny it should be cheaper here considering the distance it needs to travel.