Reportes de mercado27 de junio de 2008
Preliminary figures point to increased volumes in the French, Spanish and Italian markets compared to 2006. The currency effect contributed to a shift from chilled imports, which are dominated by European suppliers, to frozen imports, which are increasingly supplied by non European producers.
The Spanish volume increase was stronger at 16% (10 months) while Italian imports were up 14% on the same period the previous year.
Increase in French frozen and processed crab imports
The increase in French imports during 2007 is due largely to stronger frozen (+33%) and processed (+17%) deliveries. Chilled (including live) imports are, in contrast, down slightly on corresponding 2006 levels. These changes confirm a recent trend involving a switch from chilled to frozen imports. In 2004, chilled product accounted for over half of total crab imports, falling to less than 50% in 2005 and to 45% in 2006. Full year figures for 2007 are likely to show a chilled share of around 40% or lower.
The declining chilled share reflects falling live crab sales to
In the preserved segment which includes crab in cans, pouches and jars, French imports increased by 17% to over 4 100 tonnes for the eleven month period last year. The value increase was significantly less at just 4% suggesting a volume boost based on cheaper euro import prices.
Spanish crab imports during 2007 followed the French shift towards frozen as against chilled product. For the ten month period, the frozen share of total imports increased from 36% in 2006 to almost 46% last year. The corresponding fall in the chilled share was a drop from 62 to 53%. The stronger frozen share reflected an almost 50% jump in volumes from just under 4 000 tonnes to 5 800 tonnes. This increase was based on a quadrupling of sales from
China top frozen supplier to Italy
In contrast to trends in both France and Spain, Italian chilled crab imports increased, in volume and value terms, last year. For the first ten months of the year, Italian imports rose by 7% compared with the same period in 2006. However, with frozen imports rising faster at 27%, the frozen share of imports increased at the expense of chilled.
Within the frozen category, the most striking increase was recorded for
Positive outlook for euro crab markets
The prospect of a weak dollar, at least for the remainder of the current year, points to a continuation of the positive trend for frozen and processed crab imports in euro markets. These markets are likely to continue to attract imports from countries such as
Report prepared by Gerry O'Sullivan (GLOBEFISH)
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