This should be a good year for the consumer for Louisiana Red Claw Crawfish. The 2006 winter brought much needed rain and with the crawfish ponds replenished and cleaned up we will be in for one great season. Look for the spillway crawfish season to begin in March 2007. Add this to the competition between the different crawfish companies and you get a winning formula for the consumer.
The Louisiana Crawfish Company has fired the first shot by offering 40-lbs of crawfish with seasoning for $3.29 per lb. They don’t advertise a price without seasoning, but this is still a great deal this early in the season. This price includes shipping and handling with no hidden fees.
The Crawfish Company Of Central Florida beat their price for 40-lbs of crawfish without seasoning at $3.30 per lb. that includes shipping and handling with no hidden fees. But, if you buy 80-lbs the price drops to $3.00 per lb. The price drops to $2.85 when you buy 120-lbs and even further at $2.80-lb for 160-lbs or more. Also, the Crawfish Company Of Central Florida sell’s a 6-lb bag of dry crawfish seasoning for $8.00 that’s strong enough for 80-lbs of crawfish that received recognition April 22, 2005 from the Wall Street Journal as being “the real deal”.
New Orleans Overnight comes in third with 40-lbs of crawfish at $3.10 per lb. followed by Kyle LeBlanc at $4.80 per lb.
The advantage at the beginning of the season is in the Louisiana Crawfish Companies favor. They own and harvest their own farms in Natchitoches, LA. But this advantage is only a temporary one. Once the spillway crawfish season starts, they won’t be able to compete with the low prices that the locals sell their crawfish for.
The Crawfish Company of Central Florida, Inc. buys from local fisherman in Metairie, Louisiana and ships out of Louis Armstrong Airport five minutes away from the warehouse. They also don’t have the overhead that the Louisiana Crawfish Company has maintaining their ponds and stock. This translates into savings to the customer. Prices will drop as the season goes on and it is guaranteed that the Crawfish Company Of Central Florida will have lower prices and more shipping options due to their access to Louis Armstrong Airport.
Competition is a good thing for the consumer. Look for better prices from all the crawfish companies this year. The best price and the best service will be what determine who does well this year.
Below is a current price comparison courtesy of the Louisiana Crawfish Company. Be advised, this was updated the March 28, 2007 and definitely will change.
Price Wt. Price Per lb.
Kyle LeBlanc $175.00 40-lbs $4.37
Crawfish Co. Of Central Fl. $132.00 40-lbs $3.30
New Orleans Overnight $186.00 60-lbs. $3.10
Bayou County Not Available
Louisiana Crawfish Company $115.15 35-lbs. $3.29
Just a bit of advise for customers that are searching the web for the best crawfish prices. If you see a price that seem’s extremely low, make a call and find out about shipping and handling costs. After you include those prices, it’s not such a good deal. The best deals are with shipping and handling included in a total price.
The crawfish competition will be strong this year which is a win-win situation for the consumer. This should be the case unless we end up in a drought situation in the late spring due to the El Nino weather pattern. That would cause an early end to the crawfish season. But let’s just wait and see what happens.