GRP Vol. 93 Global Production and Marketing of Canned Tuna

April 2008
Author: Lahsen Ababouch & Camillo Catarci
Published by: FAO/GLOBEFISH, Rome, Italy
Published in: April 2008
No. of pages: 65

Fish in general and tuna in particular have been canned for many centuries. The three main tuna species that are canned are skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis), yellowfin (Thunnus albacores) and albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga). The main consuming countries are the EU, the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Iran. In terms of geographic origin, there has been since the seventies a decline of the traditional canned tuna production poles in the North, and the emergence of new production poles in South East Asia, Africa and Latin America. In the future, globalization of the tuna canning industry is foreseen to continue at a steady pace, both in terms of outsourcing processing into low labour cost countries and of further vertical integration and consolidation at retail level.
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