FIn Gourmet Store in Paducah, KY, is a Kentucky Proud Producer™ of wild-caught Asian Carp products. Nowhere else in the world but the USA are Asian Carp wild-caught and those from Western KY are of the best quality. Asian Carp have the highest content of Omega-3 fatty acids per gram among fresh-water fish, on par with wild-caught salmon, while having only trace amounts of mercury or lead. They are top-water filter feeders, not at all like their cousins the Common Carp which are bottom feeders. Additionally, they do not eat other fish, making them a very healthy clean source of protein. In fact every 100g of Asian Carp meat contains about 20g of pure fish protein, again on par with wild-caught salmon.
FIn has two patented processing techniques: (1) to debone Asian Carp fillets and (2) to make all-natural surimi (Japanese fish paste) from the Carp without using water or chemicals. Our Carp are supplied by Ronny Hopkins of Hopkins Fish House in Ledbetter, KY. The Hopkins family is a 3-generational fishing family with Ronny, his son Charlie, and grandson Byron. They are true stewards of the waterways. Ronny also works with many local western KY fishermen and the surrounding 7 states that border KY. We have daily fresh fish year-round. Our products, from fillets to value-added, are all-natural, never chemically treated, and preservative-free.
Started in 2010, FIn’s mission and vision are that the Asian Carp provide economic opportunities for our communities, fostering jobs creation and revitalizing the inland fishing industry. Together with fisherman like Ronny Hopkins, we will better manage the Asian Carp so that our rivers/lakes/estuaries are better protected while employing people who need second chances from incarceration, drug court, domestic violence, or just to have a better life path.
During a time when over 90% of fish and seafood products in the USA are imported without any clear source information, we at FIn are committed to transparent fish traceability and food safety. We have Seafood HACCP certifications from both the FDA and the USDC/NOAA. FIn’s product labels contain information that can trace products back to who caught the fish, when it was caught, when it was processed, and which FIn staff packaged the product. We also know where each fish was caught. We and the fishermen are proud of our traceability program. FIn may be small, but our quality and safety protocols rival any big players in the seafood industry.
FIn has also earned a GIIRS Platinum-Level Impact Rating for our work towards solving social and environmental problems. We are honored to receive this rating by B Lab, an independent assessor, and are committed to continuing to do more for our communities and environment.
FIn is proud to partner with many farm-to-table restaurants in Kentucky, Tennessee, Connecticut, and Florida to bring sustainable, wild-caught fish year-round to American tables starting with innovative chefs and restaurants who are dedicated and committed to the local food ecosystem.