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Finestkind Lobster - Winter Customer Letter November 17, 2018 10:00 PM


 
Dear Finestkinders:
 
Finestkind Lobster has decided it will no longer host a New Year's Eve Lobster Day.  While there are several contributing factors, the bottom line is the NYE event is just too small to cover its own overhead and operating costs.  Lobster price fluctuations and weather/delivery risks are also highest during this time of the year
 
As we did last year, we are recommending that you try one of the two quality seafood retailers listed below for your NYE lobster, shrimp and clams.  Both carry an assortment of live Maine lobsters, shrimp and clams and other seafood specialties.  Both have requested that you place your New Year's Eve orders one week in advance for pickup Monday, December 31st, 2018.  Ans both will take orders by phone or mail.  Call or check their respective websites for products, prices and times.
 
 
Salt River Lobster in Bethesda, MD
 
Phone:     301-865-3139
Email:      orders@salt-river-lobster.com
Contact:   Don McGee, Owner
Location: Bethesda Community Store
                5504 Greentree Rd
                Bethesda, MD  20817
Website:  www.salt-river-lobster.com
                
 
Lobstermaine-ia in Chantilly, VA
 
Phone:     703-439-9750
Email:      raykenna@lobstermaine-ia.com
Contact:   Ray Kenna, Owner
Location:  4280 Henninger Ct
                 Chantilly, VA  20151
Website:   www.lobstermaine-ia.com
 
 
We will be holding our Spring Lobster Day on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Falls Church High School.  
 
On behalf of our entire Finestkind Team, Have a Great Holiday Season and All the Best for 2019!  
 
 
All the Best, 
 
Chris & Margie Cobb
 

 

Finestkind Lobster - Summer Customer Letter July 31, 2018 10:00 PM


 
 
Dear Finestkinders:
 
 
Fall Lobster Day 2018
 
Just a reminder - Fall Lobster Day will be held this year on Saturday October 20, 2018.  We'll be mailing our announcement the last week of August and our Pickup Site will once again be Falls Church High School.  There’s nothing better than getting your family and friends together for a fall feast of fresh Maine Lobster, Steamers and Gulf Shrimp.  
 
Maine Lobster Outlook
 
Maine’s lobster harvest is expected to be down a bit from last year putting some upward pressure on pricing.  However, China's imposition of higher tariffs on American lobster imports could have an offsetting effect by increasing supply for US consumers.  We’ll just have to see how this all shakes out.  And for those intensely interested, there’s a new book out written by Christopher White entitled The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery?   It’s a scientific look at what’s happening to Maine's lobster fishery.
 
Gulf Shrimp & Maine Clams Outlook
 
Gulf Wild Brown Shrimp forecasts are expected to produce a solid but slightly lower harvest for 2018.  In contrast, Steamer Clam harvests are at their lowest level since 1930.  Again, for those interested, the linked article gives a pretty comprehensive assessment of the challenges facing the New England clam industry: https://www.boston.com/news/food/2018/04/07/clams-dwindle-new-england
 
 
Have a great summer and hope to see you on Saturday October 20th!
 
 
All the Best, 
 
Chris & Margie Cobb


 

Finestkind Lobster - Winter Customer Letter February 28, 2018 10:27PM


 

Dear Finestkinders:

 
Spring Lobster Day 2018
 
Just a reminder - Spring Lobster Day will be held this year on Saturday May 19, 2018.  We'll be mailing you an announcement the third week of March and our Pickup Site will once again be at Falls Church High School.  There’s nothing better than getting your family and friends together for a pre-summer feast of fresh Maine Lobster, Steamers and Gulf Shrimp.  

Maine Lobster Outlook

Lobster prices are again approaching all-time highs due to lower catch forecasts, bad weather and increasing Asian and European demand.  Hopefully we’ll see easing as we approach the spring season.

Gulf Shrimp & Maine Clams Outlook
 
Gulf Wild Brown Shrimp forecasts are expected to produce a solid harvest for Spring 2018.  Assuming Maine weather cooperates we should also be in good shape for Steamers.
 
Any questions or feedback, please give us a call.  
 
Hope to see you on May 19th!
 
 
All the Best, 
 
Chris & Margie Cobb


 

Finestkind Lobster - Summer Customer Letter July 17, 2017 11:17AM


Dear Finestkinders:

Just a brief summer update in anticipation of our upcoming Fall Lobster Day.

In response to some of your questions, we have also linked a few current articles on the state of lobster, clam and shrimp fisheries.

2017 Fall Lobster Day Date

Mark your calendar and get your guest list together for Finestkind's 36th Annual Fall Lobster Day - Saturday October 14th at Falls Church High School. Details and order cards will be mailed out the third week of August and we'll begin taking orders immediately thereafter. If you've moved or don\'t receive an invite, please don't hesitate to email us @ lobsterday@gmail.com or give us a call @ (703) 333-2978.

Maine Lobster

Some of you mentioned the slow start for the Maine lobsterman this summer. Most experts are still predicting the total lobster catch for 2017 will be the range of 120 million to 130 million pounds caught during each of the past three years. So lobster supply should be there for the Fall.

The more interesting lobster news is what is going on with worldwide demand. This June 2017 article from the Washington Post is an excellent insight into why lobster prices continue to rise despite supply being at all-time highs. Here is the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/in-demand-and-pricier-than-ever-lobster-rolls-have-become-the-cupcake-of-the-sea/2017/06/19/330c8e16-4fb1-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.3375b51b7939

Congrats to Maine and Canada for doing such an outstanding job of marketing and repackaging their wonderful delicacy to both domestic and international consumers. Long term this is very good news for the health and vitality of the Maine lobster industry. But for lobster restaurants and retailers it presents some very difficult challenges. And to US consumers, we will most likely see increasing prices with higher week to week price volatility.

Maine Steamers

In contrast to the record setting lobster catch, Maine soft-shelled clam harvest continues to shrink. This recent article from Boston.com summarizes the challenges facing clammers: https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/07/04/maines-soft-shell-clam-industry-is-in-jeopardy We will do our very best to maintain the quality and keep our fingers crossed this is a bounce-back year on the harvest.

Gulf Shrimp

Wild brown shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico should be in pretty good shape this year - see NOAA forecast for the upcoming year: http://www.katc.com/story/35856626/noaa-predicts-2017-2018-gulf-brown-shrimp-season

Have a great summer! Hope to see each of you for our Fall Lobster Day October 14th! All the Best,

All the Best,

Chris & Margie Cobb



Finestkind Lobster - Winter Customer Letter February 28, 2017 12:17AM


 

Dear Finestkinders:

Just a brief Winter update in anticipation of our upcoming Spring Lobster Day.

2017 Spring Lobster Day Date

Spring Lobster Day will be held this year on Saturday May 20, 2017. We'll be mailing you an announcement the third week of March and our Pickup Site will once again be at Falls Church High School. So start putting together your guest list - there's nothing better than getting your family and friends together for a pre-summer feast of fresh Maine Lobster, Steamers and Gulf Shrimp.

Maine Lobster Outlook

While some forecasters are predicting colder than normal temperatures in Maine for March and April, with relatively warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, lobster predictions are again for an early shed similar to last year. While this could cause a few too many soft shells for the summer tourist season, it shouldn't have much of an effect on the spring lobster catch. Demand worldwide continues to increase for Canadian and Maine lobsters - both live and processed. China tripled it's imports in 2016 and continues to put upward pressure on prices.

Gulf Shrimp & Maine Clams Outlook

Gulf Wild Brown Shrimp forecasts are expected to be down slightly but still a solid harvest for Spring 2017. Assuming Maine weather cooperates we should be in good shape for Steamers also.

Spring seems like it's here already but officially it's just a few weeks away! Any questions or feedback, please give us a call.

Hope to see you on May 20th!

All the Best,

Chris & Margie Cobb


 

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