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Seafood Processing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Seafood Processing Market Research Report | SIC C10.200 | Feb 2017

A good catch: Increasing health consciousness is set to boost revenue over the next five years

IBISWorld’s Seafood Processing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Icelandic Group UK Ltd Icelandic Group UK Ltd market share
Young's Seafood Ltd Young's Seafood Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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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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What is the Seafood Processing Industry?

Industry operators process fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other seafood. The industry includes factory ships that process seafood, unless they also engage in fishing activities, and excludes the processing of products derived from marine mammals. The preparation of frozen-fish dishes and the manufacture of fish soups also fall outside the scope of the industry.

Industry Products
Canned seafoodSmoked, dried and salted seafoodFrozen seafoodFishmeal and other productsSeafood in batter or breadcrumbs
Industry Activities
Preparing fish, crustaceans, molluscs and affiliated productsFreezing, canning and preservation of fish, crustaceans and molluscsProcessing seaweedProducing fishmeal

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