In 2008, Roger Duarte left the high-paced, high-pressure world of investment banking to open his own business. He had a great idea and invested the time and money to test it. Roger bought some stone crabs at wholesale, made a flyer and sold claws to his neighbors on Key Biscayne, Fla. (just 15 minutes from downtown Miami).
The idea took off and soon Roger’s supply never lasted more than a few hours. A year and a few wise moves later, Roger teamed up with one of largest wholesalers of stone crabs in the country. Today, George Stone Crab is largest national stone crab home delivery company. The company delivers by Mini Cooper in South Florida. And if you live as far as Anchorage, Los Angeles, or Boston (Canada, too!), George will ship them to you overnight – never frozen.
George Stone Crab also has a robust export business, with distributors in Guatemala, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela. Through its distribution centers in the Keys and Miami (blocks from the city’s river), the company ships stone crabs to dozens of markets, fish houses and (shhhh) some very high profile restaurants. With four stone crab seasons in its history, George sponsors the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, its sister the New York Wine & Food Festival and a host of other events.
At the heart of the George Stone Crab team are more than 80 fishermen navigating Florida Bay in the Keys to bring you the freshest stone crabs in the country. They take to the high seas every day, from Oct. 15 – May 15, and bring in between 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of claws daily. The George Stone Crab staff in Miami makes sure to pack and deliver each order of stone crabs claws within 24-36 hours of being caught and cooked. George Stone Crab doesn’t believe in freezing its claws. We do believe in bringing you stone crabs that are fresher than anything you can buy at restaurants and at seafood and supermarkets. And you don’t need to break the bank to crack a claw. Our prices are 40 to 60 percent less than top restaurants (we’re sure you can name a few stone crab eateries, right?).