The 2008 Louisiana Crawfish Season is now underway. What type of season will we have? Early indications are crawfish will once again be available to crawfish lovers across the country. But with one main difference this year and that is price.
Due to the dramatic increase of fuel, overhead costs from harvesting the crawfish to actually flying the crawfish on national air carriers or shippers such as federal express or UPS has increased significantly. These costs will be passed on to the consumer in higher crawfish prices.
The good news is that the actual price of the crawfish will probably remain close to last years prices due to the intense competition between crawfish suppliers such as the Crawfish Company of Central Florida Inc. based in New Orleans and Louisiana Crawfish Company based in Natchitoches Louisiana. But again, those savings will be eaten up by increased shipping costs which the suppliers have no control over. Due to an unexpectedly wet spring, look for one of the longest crawfish seasons in recent history. The season will probably last through July and possibly into August for 2008.
The average cost on the major air carriers with the exception of Southwest Air cargo will range between .79c to .99c per pound due to the fuel surcharge, US Tax and Security charges. Southwest has managed to keep their price increases minimal due to lower operating expenses. Southwest ranges between .54c per pound to .61c per pound at the time of the writing of this blog.
So on the one hand; expect a great Louisiana crawfish season which will probably end sometime in late July or August, but be prepared for higher costs due to shipping to get your beloved crawfish.
Price Comparison Between Crawfish Companies
At the time of this update, we are selling our Louisiana crawfish for $1.75 a pound for a 40-lb sack of crawfish and $1.50 per pound for 80-lbs or more plus shipping and handling. The breakdown is as follows:
Our Price: 40-lbs @ $1.75 = $70.00 | 1ea. 6-lb. bag Of seasoning $8.00 | Shipping Container $10.00 | Shipping on Southwest Air Lines $61.00 | Total Cost $149.00 or $3.73 per pound airport to airport.
Louisiana Crawfish Company: 40-lbs $170.00 or $4.25-lb seasoning included airport to airport.
Kyle LeBlanc: 40-lbs $181.00 or $4.53-lb
New Orleans Overnight: Currently Not Shipping
Bayou Bounty Seafood: 40-lbs plus seasoning $90.00 Shipping Next Day Air $203.78 Total $293.78 or $7.34-lb.
To order our Louisiana Live or Boiled Crawfish, contact our New Orelans Seafood Division at 504-838-4889. We also have a complete selection of seafood and Cajun foods available to restaurants, seafood stores and retail customers. You can see our products online at: http://www.crawfishcoofcentralflainc.com/Louisiana-Crawfish-Delivered.html.
Prices are subject to change during major holidays.
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