While we are sensitive to the shipping challenges of this group from Australia. Buying frozen oysters pre-shucked and frozen just seems odd. In the near-term they would solely be for the domestic Australian market. This article first appeared here.
A South Australian shellfish company has begun research to start exporting frozen, pre-topped oysters interstate.
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Island shellfish is marketing the frozen oysters to retailers to make
the most of the growing demand for frozen seafood products. Managing
director of KI Shellfish, Ken Rowe, said developing the technology
would enable the company to overcome its freight burden.
said the company was looking to redesign its business to overcome the
cost of freight and discovered the potential in exporting frozen
"We are the most southern South Australian oyster farm,
so we do have a bit wilder weather and colder water and deeper tides,
but we have a pretty nice product which we sell as a niche Kangaroo
Island product," he said. "Freight is a massive issue."When
we want to send our product fresh around Australia, often we're
hamstrung by transport businesses not running due to weather conditions
and other challenges we have being an island."
The company plans
to harvest and stockpile oysters during their prime before being frozen,
dressed and shipped as a ready-to-eat product.
received a $20,000 State Government grant to develop a frozen product
that stayed fresh after being frozen, but the concept was easy.
"We're hoping, all going well, that it will be ready to eat," Mr Rowe said.
you rip the lid off, you put your shucked and pre-topped oysters in the
oven from a frozen product, and hopefully in 20 minutes you pull them
out and impress your guests."
Mr Rowe said regional areas which
had trouble sourcing fresh oysters would be a key market for the frozen
product. Another sought-out market would be Asia.
There was still a
lot of ground to make in research and development to create a retail
product, Mr Rowe said, but the potential was certainly there.
"There is a ready to eat frozen seafood growth market, so we are trying to put the oysters there," he said.
got a good chance at it being Kangaroo Island oysters, because we think
it is well suited to be a niche, gourmet product."