Consolidated Catfish: Hy-Vee’s Source for Catfish

If you’re a fan of catfish and a Hy-Vee customer, it’s likely you’ve enjoyed a product from Consolidated Catfish. Based in Isola, Mississippi, 80 miles north of Jackson, Consolidated Catfish invested millions about a decade ago to create a quality aquaculture environment with the best quality product in the industry. With these improvements in place, Consolidated Catfish is one of the most modern and technically advanced plants in the industry.

Consolidated Catfish produces catfish with exceptional taste and quality. Catfish are raised in ponds filled with fresh water pumped from underground wells. They are nurtured on a diet of high-protein food pellets that give them a light, delicate taste and tender texture. U.S. farm-raised catfish is considered to be one of the most sustainable fish species available, making it a Responsible Choice!

Consolidated Catfish imposes stringent quality control measures, including taste-testing at the farm before harvesting and again at the plant before the fish are unloaded. This helps to ensure a premium, high-quality product. The catfish are kept alive up to the minute they are processed, making them among the freshest freshwater fish available. The entire processing procedure is completed in less than 30 minutes. The fish are then placed on ice or individually quick-frozen to preserve the taste and quality of the fish. To further ensure the quality of its catfish, Consolidated Catfish was the first processor in the catfish industry to implement a USDC-approved HACCP quality assurance program.

The farm-raised catfish is a pure, white meat fish that’s lean and an excellent source of protein. It’s versatile and can be enjoyed fried, blackened, poached, grilled, barbecued, baked or broiled. Hy-Vee stores offer a variety of Consolidated Catfish products that include whole fish, fillets, nuggets, strips, breaded catfish and hushpuppies.

Author: John Rohrs

I’m John Rohrs, seafood purchasing manager at Perishable Distributors of Iowa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee established in 1982 to provide a central distribution system for perishable products to Iowa stores. In my job, I work with stores to help create more sales and educate employees on seafood. Through Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice initiative I’ve enjoyed meeting and communicating with vendors and creating the friendships that make our partnerships work.