Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The industry comprises operators that fillet, can, preserve, salt, freeze and transform seafood into products that are purchased by supermarkets and specialist retailers and sold to the food-service and catering sectors. The industry expanded after shrinking during the first year of the period when domestic demand fell due to severe household spending pressures. However, rebounding economic conditions, higher real incomes and increasing awareness of healthy eating propelled domestic demand during the following years, allowing industry revenue to grow. Fish catch volumes also increased, despite remaining considerably depressed, and supported growth. Meanwhile, exports grew from the middle part of the period and contributed positively... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The distribution of industry establishments is highly influenced by the proximity to other fishing industries. As result, Scotland has the highest concentration of establishments, followed by Yorkshire and the South West. The distributions of population and economic activity have only a slight influence on the location of industry establishments.
Scotland is the most concentrated region, with approximately 38.7% of industry establishments. Scotland is home to the largest fishing fleet in the United Kingdom and Scottish fishermen generate over 60% of UK fishing revenue. In addition, the region also has many salmon farms. As a result, it is no surprise to find that Scotland is home to the largest number of seafood processing facilities.
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