Coles to stock restaurant-quality Australian seafood due to coronavirus crisis – 7NEWS.com.au

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While the COVID-19 shutdown is forcing the closure of some of our best eateries, Australians can now dine on restaurant-quality food at a fraction of the price.

Meat and seafood once exclusively sold to chefs will soon be available to everyday Australians at the supermarket.

High grade sashimi that was in high demand is now sitting in warehouses unable to be sold.

Heidi Walker from Walker Seafoods Australia says her business collapsed about three weeks ago due to COVID-19.

Sashimi-grade fish will soon be available in Coles.
Sashimi-grade fish will soon be available in Coles. Credit: 7NEWS

The products are usually exported to the US and Japan and dished up at Australia’s finest restaurants.

“We can’t get flights and we also can’t send our fish overseas because of so many closures,” Walker told 7NEWS.

In a bid to save their produce, restaurant-quality seafood will now be sent to Coles supermarkets along the east coast.

Meat and seafood once exclusively sold to chefs will soon be available to everyday Australians at the supermarket.
Meat and seafood once exclusively sold to chefs will soon be available to everyday Australians at the supermarket. Credit: AAP

Certified, sustainable yellowfin tuna usually sold for more than $80 per kilo at fish markets will go for $35.

As restaurant demand drops, supermarkets are also expanding their range.

Despite the current economic conditions, Woolworths has reported more customers buying premium cuts.

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