Japan eats more seafood than any other industrialized nation in the world, but massive shifts in the country's demographics, culture and economy are changing how seafood is bought and sold in the country.
According to data from the Japan Chain Stores Association, total seafood retail sales in fiscal year 2014 totaled JPY 77.8 billion (€578.7 million/$647.3 million), remaining almost flat from the previous year, but remaining the top seafood sales channel in the country, accounting for 60-70 percent of sales.
Japan’s average household spending on seafood in 2014 was JPY 79,465 (€591.10/$661.10), an increase of 1 percent year-on-year, in part a reflection of pressure on seafood prices.
Salmon -- both farmed salmon and wild salmon -- sits among the top of Japanese dinner plates, as do mainstays such as tuna, squid, surimi and shrimp.
An ageing population is playing havoc with the country's economy and the younger generation has dramatically different seafood purchasing habits and species demands. The result? A rapidly changing marketplace.
IntraFish's latest industry report gives you insider access to the Japanese seafood market, detailing the top 20 importers as well as consumption, trade, species and pricing trends and key supplying countries.
This exclusive report includes:
- Trends affecting the market: economy, population, sales channels.
- Key statistics: import species by volume and value; top importing countries by volume and value; month by month consumption values; regional consumption; sales channels by volume and value; export details.
- The top 20 seafood importers in Japan such as Maruha Nichiro, Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) and Mitsui, including 2014 revenues, a full company profile, key contact details, species, sourcing/distribution channels and other information.
- Written by a native Japanese speaker with in-depth knowledge of the country's seafood sector, the author uses multiple sources on the ground to give you a complete picture of the landscape in the world's most important seafood market.
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