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The fish and seafood market - France

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1.1 Presentation and definition of the fish and seafood market

The seafood market covers the fishing, farming and distribution of seafood products. This market is dominated by a handful of leading wholesalers, who supply the distribution sector, from retail chains to restaurants and fishmongers.

The global seafood market is expected to grow at a rapid pace of 2.9% per year until 2030, driven in particular by demand from emerging countries. In France, however, the trend is not the same, since the market is relatively stable, due to a slight drop in consumption, offset by an increase in market value.

The trend in the French aquatic products market is to promote French fishing and farming (whereas the vast majority of fish consumed is imported). In addition, there is a desire tointegrate consumers' growing environmental awareness by offering greater transparency on product origin.

The main players on the French market are wholesalers such as PassionFroid and Grand Frais, producers such as Delpierre and Delmas Poisson, and importers such as Davigel and Marine SAS.

1.2 A steadily-growing global market, despite the brakes on expansion

According to Allied Market Research, the seafood market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around *.*% over the period ****-****, reaching $***.* billion.

Globally, the market is benefiting from a number of factors driving demand growth. Among the factors driving demand growth are

The constant increase in the world's population[***]; Increasing ...

1.3 Focus on the European Union

Source: ****

The table above shows which fish are most widely consumed in the EU; we can see that tuna accounts for the largest share (***) of consumption, and that European citizens consume an average of *.** kg of tuna per year.

Furthermore, the highest sufficiency rate (***), the EU relies on imports from other ...

1.4 Slight growth in the French market

The fish market is growing slightly in France, with an increase forecast every year between **** and ****. In ****, around *.** million tonnes of fish were consumed, and the figure is expected to rise to *.** million tonnes in ****. This represents growth of *.*% per year between **** and ****.

Seafood market volume France, ****-****, in millions of ...

1.5 France, a net importer of seafood products

While fish consumption is down slightly, with an average of **.* kg per person per year in ****, compared with ** kg in ****, the market remains heavily dependent on foreign flows. Seafood consumption in France is directly linked to the level of imports.

foreign trade in aquatic products France, ****-****, in billions of euros ...


2.1 Slight decline in fish consumption

In France, average per capita consumption has fallen slightly in recent years, from ** kilos in **** to **.* kilos in ****. given the growing importance attached to healthy, sustainable food by the French, one might expect consumers to gradually turn to seafood as their preferred choice of protein. However, statistics show that consumers behave ...

2.2 Consumer profile

Penetration rate of different seafood purchase categories France, ****-****, in Source: ****

The trend that emerges from the graph above is a more or less significant decline in all seafood purchasing categories. The hardest-hit category is frozen seafood, with a drop of seven points. In the other segments, the drop is less ...

2.3 An explosion in demand for seafood at the end of the year

Google Trends QSR : Search for the word "Fruits de mer" (***) France, Jan **** - Jan ****, index base *** Source: ****

The graph above represents the proportion of searches for a given term in a given region over a given period of time, relative to the time when it was most searched for (***). Thus, a ...

2.4 Focus on octopus consumption

Consumption of octopus in France has increased significantly in recent years. Once considered an exotic delicacy or reserved for Mediterranean cuisine, octopus is gaining in popularity and is becoming increasingly present in restaurants and fishmongers' stalls. Consumption of octopus is often associated with coastal regions, where fishing is more abundant. However, ...


3.1 Market value chain

In general, the time between landing the catch and delivery of the product to the fishmonger does not exceed ** h. This is enough time to sell the fish at the fish market, pack it, prepare it (***), transport it and market it.

at every stage, fishermen, fish markets, wholesalers, transporters, distributors and ...

3.2 Geographical distribution of the fishing industry in France

According to France Agrimer's latest report on general figures for the fishing industry in France, the fishing sector employed ***** people operating on **** vessels in ****.

All these fishing vessels are unevenly distributed across the country, obviously on the coasts and more particularly on the Atlantic coast.

Distribution of companies and sales by ...

3.3 Seafood distribution

The different distribution networks

Breakdown of fresh seafood sales by distribution channel France, ****-****, in Source: ****

The vast majority of fresh seafood is sold through supermarkets and hypermarkets. This segment is the only one to grow, while markets and fishmongers are losing ground. The rise of supermarkets can be explained by ...

3.4 A market dynamic in favour of responsible fishing

Fishing responsibly

Responsible fishing is a constant preoccupation for the industry. They rely on technical progress to keep by-catches and discards to a minimum, guarantee compliance with minimum catch sizes, preserve the seabed and control fuel consumption. For example, fishing gear is fitted with acoustic repellents to ward off cetaceans the ...

3.5 Focus on the foodservice industry

Market share breakdown of seafood distribution channels France, ****, in Source: ****

Foodservice is the most important distribution channel in France, generating **% of fish and seafood sales in ****. Seafood products bought, prepared and consumed at home are only third in the ranking, with *% of the market in ****.

This justifies the sums restaurants spend ...


4.1 Products and their average price

The prices of the following products are the wholesale prices (***) on **/**/**** at Rungis Market, the reference hall for French agri-food sales.

Source: ****

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Generally speaking, there are no rules when it comes to fish prices. As fishing is by nature unpredictable, there are wide variations in prices for the same ...

4.2 Rising seafood prices

Consumer price index for fish and seafood France, ****-****, index base *** in **** Source: ****

Consumer prices for fish and seafood have risen by around **% since ****. This rise even reached **% in April ****, compared with ****, but prices have fallen again since then. This data confirms which according to the slight growth observed on the ...

4.3 The impact of Brexit on the French fishing industry

The UK is Europe's third-largest producer of aquatic products and benefits from a large maritime area. Yet fishing was one of the key Brexit issues during the referendum. Fishermen were broadly in favor of Brexit, even in Northern Ireland, where the population nonetheless voted **% against.

British waters alone account for around ...


5.1 Predominantly European fishing legislation

European fisheries policy

Since ****, the Common Fisheries Policy (***) has regulated and organized the entire fishing industry. Several reforms have been implemented, most recently in January ****.

According to the European Commission, the CFP covers four areas:

Fisheries management ; International policy ; Markets and trade policy; Policy financing.

Production quotas

European law has established ...


6.1 Segmentation

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