Australian Seafood Producers Look to Lower U.S. Costs


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 5, 2008

Australian seafood producers and distributors are taking steps to cut production costs to make their products more competitive in the U.S. market, the Australian Trade Commission reported yesterday.

The country's seafood producers and distributors recently automated their portioning, filleting and packaging processes, eliminating the guesswork that goes into cutting fish, which can lead to waste.

U.S. interest in Tasmanian salmon, harvested in sustainable farms in Australia, is growing, said Mark Berwick, U.S. team leader of foods and beverages for the commission. According to Berwick, Tasmanian salmon will be priced similarly to Alaska and Canadian salmon.

"We're seeing a lot of inquiries and interest from U.S. buyers, and we'll see more demand for Tasmanian salmon over the next one to two years," said Berwick in a press release.

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