The global shrimp market has seen an upward trend in production and demand, with aquaculture accounting for over 60% of global shrimp production. Despite facing the challenges of the COVID-19 health crisis, Spain's shrimp market showed resilience, with a full recovery expected in 2021, indicating a sharp recovery from the pre-crisis situation. By 2023, shrimp consumers are increasingly focused on hygiene measures and environmental sustainability in production and fishing. In Spain, shrimp fishing continued to grow in value, reaching €147.8 million in 2021, and Spain ranked as the world's 9th largest shrimp exporter in the same year. The Spanish market saw a significant rise in shrimp consumption, with Spaniards consuming 90.04 million kg of shrimp in 2021, an increase of 7% in two years. The average Spanish consumer's shrimp intake was 1.95 kg per year in 2021. Shrimp imports and exports in Spain reached €1,337 million and €426 million, respectively, in 2021. However, in 2022, there was a noticeable decline of 12% and 11% in imports and exports, respectively. The primary shrimp production regions in Spain are the Mediterranean and the Eastern Central Atlantic, with shrimp being one of the most expensive seafood, averaging €11.49 per kilo. Distribution channels are concentrated in supermarkets, fishmongers, and hypermarkets, with a significant share of frozen shrimp sales..Shrimp Consumption in Spain: A Resilient Market with Growing Demand Spain has a long-standing cultural affinity for seafood, and shrimp is particularly favored among its citizens, making it the top shellfish choice in the country. The latest figures point to an upward trend in shrimp consumption, with Spaniards consuming approximately 90 million kilograms in 2021, marking a 7% rise over two years. This resilience is noteworthy, especially considering the minimal impact of the health crisis on consumption patterns. Per capita, the average Spaniard consumes nearly 2 kilograms of shrimp annually, showcasing a robust demand for this seafood. Interestingly, while there's been a notable decline in the consumption of cold-water shrimp in favor of warm or tropical varieties, canned shellfish consumption has seen a downward slope, with the average person consuming between 6 and 7 kilograms per year in 2021, a reduction since 2013. Despite these shifts, shrimp remains the most consumed shellfish in Spain, surpassing squid, mussels, and clams, which suggests that consumer preferences are leaning towards fresh or frozen shrimp options. Mapping out Spain's geographical consumption landscape, it is evident that communities with coastal access like Andalusia, Catalonia, Valencia, and Galicia lead in seafood intake. Moreover, there is a correlation between a community's wealth and its seafood consumption levels, with Madrid emerging as one of the highest shrimp-consuming regions. The unwavering demand for shrimp in Spain can be attributed to its recognized health benefits, as shrimp is known for being a high-protein, low-fat, and low-calorie food source that is also rich in vital nutrients. Such dietary advantages are driving consumers towards shrimp as an alternative to other protein-rich foods. Within Spain's market framework, the Mediterranean region is the dominant catch area, accounting for 32% of the total shrimp catches by weight in 2021. However, the industry has been contending with challenges such as an aging fleet and a decline in the number of vessels and jobs, emphasizing a need for revitalization to maintain shrimp supply. In terms of market structure, companies like Nueva Pescanova lead the way, posting sales figures in the ballpark of 1 billion euros. This highlights a concentrated and competitive market, with a few key players dominating sales and production operations. On the price front, shrimps and langoustines are among the pricier seafood options in Spain, fetching an average of around 11 euros per kilogram, albeit with significant fluctuations based on season and type. For instance,.### Key Players in the Spanish Shrimp Market Landscape Navigating the vibrant waters of the Spanish shrimp market, we encounter several notable entities that have cast their nets wide, establishing themselves as integral parts of the industry. These companies have diversified their offerings to cater to the growing demand for shrimp across Spain, bringing both fresh and frozen crustaceans to the tables of seafood aficionados. **Nueva Pescanova** stands tall as a titan among the ranks, with a global footprint that has made it a household name in the seafood domain. Their expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of seafood processing, from the nurturing pools of aquaculture to the expansive depths of the ocean. **Grupo Ibérica de Congelados** freezes time with their virtuosity in preserving the ocean's bounty. They have mastered the art of flash-freezing seafood, locking in freshness and flavor that is unrivaled, catered to both end consumers and bustling kitchens of the foodservice industry. **Grupo Profand** holds its anchor deeply rooted in the history and tradition of Spanish seafood. With an array of offerings that span across various fish and seafood products, they've built a bridge between the old ways of local fishing and the modern dynamics of international distribution. **Jealsa Corporation**, synonymous with the art of canning, tells a story with every tin they seal. With longevity and convenience at its core, their delectable canned shrimp creations have traversed the globe, gracing the pantries of those who covet the taste of the ocean in its most enduring form. **Congalsa**, like a sculptor with ice, brings an element of creativity to the frozen seafood sector. Their range of enthralling shrimp products stand as frozen sentinels, ready to awaken at the call of the culinary muse. **La Sirena** strides as a behemoth in the frozen food supermarket landscape, providing an odyssey through their aisles where one can find a trove of sea treasures, including an array of shrimps that promise convenience without compromising on taste. Lastly, **Iglo**, with its globally recognized brand, paints a picture of the ocean's offerings through its selection of frozen fish products. Shrimp from Iglo is more than just food; it's an expression of the company's commitment to quality and sustainability, inviting consumers on a journey of responsible indulgence. Together, these players create a mosaic of the Spanish shrimp market, each contributing its distinct flavors and strengths, bonding over a shared love for the sea’s cherished crustaceans.
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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and presentation

A distinction can be made between small shrimps of between 3 and 5 cm, known as "camarones", shrimps of between 5 and 10 cm, known as "gambas", and those of over 12 cm, known as "langostinas". In the Mediterranean, shrimp are mainly represented by three species: the red shrimp, the purple shrimp and the white shrimp. These are certainly the most economically important species.

Global shrimp catches have increased dramatically over the last decade, due to the spread of more massive and efficient "industrial" fisheries. Between 2010 and 2019, they increased by 74%. The production method most widely used in this market is aquaculture. This method often involves family farms producing shrimp and selling it to local wholesalers, who then distribute it internationally. Today, aquaculture accounts for over 60% of the world's shrimp production, but only a small proportion of Spanish production. According to the European Commission, per capita shrimp consumption in Europe is 1.56 kilos per year.

In Spain, the shrimp market was ultimately little affected by the health crisis, with full recovery expected in 2021, up sharply on the pre-crisis situation. By 2023, shrimp consumers are calling for stricter hygiene measures and greater respect for the environment in shrimp production and fishing.

1.2 The global shrimp market

Global shrimp production is constantly on the rise, driven by ever-increasing demand: between **** and ****, it increased by **.*%. Estimates for **** are close to ** million tonnes. [***]

Global shrimp production trends World, ****-****, million tonnes Source: ****

Most of this production takes place in Asia (***).

The most common production method is aquaculture. These are often ...

1.3 The Spanish shrimp market

The Spaniards are historic consumers of fish and shellfish, particularly shrimp. Spain benefits from a large EEZ (***) of over one million km*, which provides it with extensive fishery resources, including shrimp.

The shellfish market in Spain :

Value of shellfish fishing Spain, ****-****, in millions of euros Source: ****

In value terms, shellfish ...

1.4 Shrimp imports and exports

Frozen shrimps are the most exported : Exports by product type Spain, ****, in Source: Frozen shrimps account for **.*% of Spain's exports by value in ****, mainly due to transport. Frozen shrimp also make up the vast majority of Spanish imports (***).

Trends in shrimp imports and exports :

Shrimp imports and exports Spain, ****-****, in ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Strong demand for shrimp in Spain

A return to demand for shrimp : Shrimp and langoustine consumption trends in Spain Spain, ****, in millions of kg Source: MAPA After a decline in shrimp consumption between **** and ****, we have seen a return to rising consumption in recent years, with almost the same levels of consumption as in ****. In ****, Spaniards consumed ...

2.2 Consumer profiles and habits

Average quantity of shrimp consumed by a Spaniard :

Shrimp consumption per person Spain, ****-****, in kg Source: ****

in ****, the average Spaniard will consume *.** kilos of shrimp per year. We also note that the health crisis has not altered the average shrimp consumption of Spaniards.

Lower consumption of cold-water shrimp :

Consumption of ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of shrimp consumption in Spain

Source: ****

Shrimp consumption in Spain is highly uneven across the autonomous communities. First of all, autonomous communities with access to the sea are those that consume the most seafood. Andalusia, Catalonia, Valencia and Galicia are among the communities with the highest seafood consumption. There is also a correlation with the wealth ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Value chain

An overview of the market value chain is summarized below.

3.2 Aquaculture, a small part of production

The production cycle :

The first stage in the value chain is the production cycle that takes place in aquaculture establishments

The cycle has been illustrated by the FAO and is presented below. Shrimp are grown in a tank and fed until they reach maturity. Fertilization takes place outdoors, and the eggs ...

3.3 Sector organization

Shrimp catch areas :

Quantity of shrimp caught by region Spain, ****, in Source: ****

The Mediterranean is the leading shrimp catching area in Spain in **** (***).

Jobs in the sector :

Marine fishing jobs Spain, ****, in thousands Source: ****

The number of jobs in the sector is falling. Spain's fishing industry suffers from a lack of ...

3.4 The main companies

Main companies in the sector :

Source: ****

Sales figures for the main companies in the frozen fish and seafood industry Spain, ****, in millions of euros Source: ****

In terms of sales, the market leader is Nueva Pescanova, with sales of over €* billion in ****. Pescnova is also the leader in aquaculture in Spain.

3.5 Distribution

Main distribution channels :

Distribution of fish sales Spain, ****, % of sales Source: ****

The main distribution channels for fish and seafood products in Spain are supermarkets, fishmongers and hypermarkets. Supermarkets will account for **.*% of sales by value in Spain in ****, and fishmongers for just **.*%. It should be noted that for shrimps, the share ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Composition of the offer

The most common shrimp species in the national seas are :

Purple shrimp, Parapenaeus longirostris. Available all year round, but with a higher seasonality between November and June. It generally lives at great depths in all areas of the Mediterranean and also along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean. It has a ...

4.2 Prices

Average prices :

Average selling price per kilogram Spain, ****, in euros Source: ****

The average price of shrimps and langoustines is **.** euros per kilo. This makes them the most expensive seafood, ahead of squid, clams and mussels, which are the least expensive.

Prices for different shrimp species :

Prices at Corte Inglés in ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Legislation

Spanish legislation:

The Spanish Fisheries Act, also known as the Ley de Pesca Marítima del Estado, is the main legislation governing fishing activities in Spanish waters. The law establishes principles and guidelines for the conservation, management and sustainable exploitation of marine resources, including shrimp. The Spanish government, through the Ministry ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Player segmentation

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  • Trends in world shrimp production by production method
  • Trends in the size of the shrimp market
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