Consumption Trends

Published on
October 13, 2017
Asda trout

The decline of trout aquaculture in the United Kingdom is in stark contrast to the growth of the country’s booming salmon sector and could disappear entirely within the next 20 years if it doesn’t reinvent itself, suggests research conducted by Dimitar Taskov from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling.

By far the biggest cause of trout’s demise is the shrinking consumer demand for its main product – wh… Read More

Published on
October 6, 2017
METRO fish counter

Comprising a market of some 500 million consumers spending EUR 55 billion (USD 64.5 billion) on seafood, the European Union continues to be the world’s biggest market for fishery and aquaculture products. But more money is being spent on less fish, which presents a real opportunity for aquaculture to make significant market inroads, believes Chiara Bacci, policy officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Aff… Read More

Published on
September 22, 2017
Organic seabream

The EU produced 50,637 metric tons (MT) of organic seafood in 2015, representing almost 4 percent of the bloc’s total aquaculture production, finds a study compiled by the European Commission’s European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA).

EUMOFA’s “EU Organic Aquaculture” report finds that the main species produced under organic standards are salmon (16,000 MT), mussels (20,000 MT), ca… Read More

Published on
September 19, 2017
UK mackerel

Significantly greater volumes of mackerel caught by the U.K. pelagic fleet went to Nigeria last year, with the importing country also paying much more for the fish than in 2015.

According to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) finalized seafood trade statistics for 2016, Nigeria imported more than 12,685 metric tons (MT) of U.K.-landed mackerel worth over GBP 10.7 million (USD 14.4 million, EUR 12 million) last year, representing year… Read More

Published on
August 23, 2017
seafood restaurant

The British public has been eating out more often and spending more money over the past 12 months, with a significant upturn seen in seafood sales, finds the latest foodservice quarterly report prepared by the NPD Group Inc. on behalf of the U.K. Seafish Authority. 

According to the new analysis, the total out of home (OOH) spend on all meals for the 12 months that ended June 2017 exceeded GBP 54.4 billion (USD 69.6 billion, EUR 59.1 billion… Read More

Published on
July 28, 2017

First-sales prices of cuttlefish in Europe have ranged from around EUR 2 (USD 2.34) to more than EUR 10 (USD 11.71) per kg over the past three years, depending on the market that these cephalopods are being sold in. The highest prices are historically achieved in Italy and Portugal, but growing consumer demand for the product in the EU’s northern member states and a recent contraction of supply are also affecting the trade.

Cuttlefish price… Read More

Published on
July 5, 2017

This year’s Easter fortnight, 8-22 April, saw sales of fresh fish in U.K. retail reach their highest level in three years, amounting to 6,051 metric tons (MT), which was 3.2 percent or 188 MT more than in 2015 and up slightly compared to last year, said the U.K. Seafish Authority. 

According to Seafish’s latest grocery data, more people ate fish during the two-week Easter period than they did in the previous fortnight, with an in… Read More

Published on
June 26, 2017

The EU increased its mussel production by more than 20,000 metric tons (MT) in 2015 to reach a level of 544,629 MT, making it the world’s second most important producer of the bivalves behind China, confirmed the latest statistics on the trade compiled by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA). 

Despite this growth and accounting for 27 percent of the global supply, the EU-28 had a mussel trade … Read More

Published on
June 15, 2017
Tesco fish counter

The value achieved by seafood sales in U.K. retail grew in the first-quarter of this year but the rate of growth has been slowing since January, while the volume and number of units sold have both declined this year, said the U.K. Seafish Authority. 

These trends are evidenced in Seafish’s latest grocery data, which finds sales of seafood in retail (not including discount grocers) for in-home consumption exceeded GBP 3.1 billion (USD 3… Read More

Published on
June 1, 2017
Trio of salmon gravadlax

Exports of U.K. food and drink totaled GBP 4.9 billion (USD 6.3 billion, EUR 5.6 billion) in the first-quarter of this year, an increase of 8.3 percent year-on-year, and represented the largest Q1 exports value on record, according to new figures published by the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) trade association.

The United Kingdom’s top three export products remain whisky, salmon and chocolate, with exports of salmon seeing the largest v… Read More