Consumption Trends

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

Published on
May 25, 2017
UK shellfish

Despite the diversity of species and products available to the United Kingdom, shellfish sales continue to trail behind other seafood products when it comes to the value achieved and volume sold in the market, but there are multiple opportunities to close the gap, delegates heard at the 48th Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) Annual Conference in London.

According to the latest market data from the U.K. Seafish Authority, presented at … Read More

Published on
May 17, 2017
Chilean salmon

From 2012 to 2016, the value of fisheries and aquaculture products exported by Chile increased by 36 percent from EUR 3.5 billion (USD 3.9 billion) to approximately EUR 4.7 billion (USD 5.2 billion), thanks largely to the increased production of salmon – the country’s leading seafood export commodity. 

But despite the general rise of Chile’s salmon production, last year’s total volume of seafood exports – at les… Read More

Published on
April 12, 2017

European seafood consumption has been on an upward growth trend since 2013 with the bloc’s overall per capita consumption now registering at around 25.8 kg and moving steadily closer to the 2008 pre-economic crisis level of 26 kg, and yet closer scrutiny of regional eating patterns finds that people in many key areas are eating less fish and shellfish products than they were 10 years ago.

The new study, “EU Consumer Habits Regarding F… Read More

Published on
April 6, 2017

The volume of Norwegian salmon, cod and haddock exported to the United Kingdom fell steeply in the first two months of this year, according to the latest statistics provided by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC).

A total 8,510 metric tons (MT) of Norwegian farmed salmon was exported to the U.K. market in January and February, down 18 percent year-on-year, as supplies remained tight and prices stayed at high levels. Despite the large drop in volu… Read More

Published on
March 16, 2017

Chilled seafood has continued to grow market share in U.K. retail over the past year, much to the detriment of frozen and ambient sales.

According to the latest data from the U.K. Seafish Authority, sales of seafood in retail (not including discount grocers) for in-home consumption exceeded GBP 3.1 billion (USD 3.8 billion, EUR 3.6 billion) in the 12 months to 28 January 2017, which represented an increase of around ...… Read More