Growing Opportunities in the Fish and Seafood Industry
The fish and seafood industry provides quality sources of protein that are essential to the survival of humanity. However, large seafood operators, processors, and distributors often source from numerous smaller fishing industry operators and seafood companies for supplies, increasing the possibility of contamination. Direct-to-consumer companies must also be concerned about food safety in their own supply chain.
With the increasing popularity of seafood and fish, quality and safety become even more critical to the fish and seafood industry supply chain. For instance, American consumers are trying to eat healthier by incorporating more seafood and fish into their diets in place of meat. Fish and seafood are also key ingredients in many pet foods. With so many species of fish and seafood and forms of product to consider, the food industry must be able to effectively address consumer concerns about quality and safety, sustainable practices, as well as allergens and mercury levels. Facilities that produce multiple types of food products must also be cognizant of preventing cross-contamination as around 16% of all adults have a seafood/shellfish allergy. SQF certification and cGMP can help ensure safe, quality fish and seafood from source to table.
So it’s no surprise that modernizing the industry to include digital technologies to help manage every aspect of the supply chain is vital. In 2022, the largest seafood industry and fishing industry trends include establishing resilient and sustainable sources of fish and seafood along with food safety best practices specific to seafood and fish.
Three-quarters of consumers eat seafood at home or away from home at least once a month.
Fishing Industry and Seafood Market Trends
On a global level, 1 in 4 consumers is eating more fish/shellfish than they did one year ago, while Technomic’s 2021 Center of the Plate: Seafood & Vegetarian Consumer Trend Report found that 36% of all adults are eating more seafood in place of meat.
There is a huge market opportunity for the food industry to diversify products to meet growing consumer demand for fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable fish and seafood products. With growing consumer acceptance of plant-based meats, increasing the availability of safe fish and seafood products and grab-and-go snacks offers the industry new opportunities for increasing future market share.
Get in Front of Trends in the Seafood Industry
We encourage seafood industry buyers and companies that offer seafood and fish products to attend Seafood Expo North America in Boston from March 13-15, 2022. This is North America’s largest seafood trade exposition. If you are a professional seafood buyer, you do not want to miss this event. This exposition gathers more than 1,300 exhibiting suppliers from 49 countries under one roof, year after year, with one goal in mind: provide North America’s seafood buyers a one-stop-shop to access everything seafood, face-to-face. This includes discovering, sampling, and sourcing products; meeting with current or new suppliers; networking with industry colleagues; and so much more!