As a Chef, you will receive many offers and deals for inexpensive caviar from multiple dealers.

Many customers will face confusion when purchasing caviars of unknown origin along with mislabeled and unfamiliar names.

We have put together a few guidelines to consider when purchasing so you can be informed of what to beware of. Of course, the most important part of the caviar scenario is freshness and quality – a guarantee that Supreme Lobster & Seafood Company has upheld throughout our over 30 years of experience in caviar trade.


First and foremost is to understand how your caviar is labeled. The most common flag to look out for is anything that says “Russian Osetra” or “Russian Imperial”. In most cases, “Russian” refers to the species, not the country of origin. Caviar from the Caspian Sea and all Russian Osetra Caviar – in fact ANY wild caviar export – has been closed to harvest for years by CITES (Convention for Trade in Endangered Species).

Anytime you see the word “Caspian” on the label you need to be wary of what is inside. “Caspian” refers sturgeon caught in the Caspian Sea that primarily borders Russia and Iran and remains closed to the export of ANY caviar. U.S. Fish and Wildlife monitors all caviar imported from outside the United States, and only purveyors with a CITES permit that assures the origin and species of the sturgeon are legitimate.



Beware of any caviar labeled with “Beluga”, “River Beluga”, “Chinese Beluga” or any other words that include “Beluga”. Beluga Sturgeon is completely banned from Import into the United States and is a species (Huso huso) that primarily exists in the Caspian Sea. The Beluga Sturgeon is globally banned from harvest, and anything named “River Beluga” is most likely Huso dauricus or “Kaluga” which originates in China. This should not be labeled as “Beluga” in any way as the Kaluga Sturgeon is only a distant cousin to true Beluga (Huso huso).