GRP Vol. 92 The Seafood Market in Italy

April 2008
Author: Camillo Catarci
Published by: FAO/GLOBEFISH, Rome, Italy
Published in: April 2008
No. of pages: 44

Summary
Fish consumption in Italy grew from 11.8 kg/pc in 1961 to 25.1
kg/pc in 2003. The main group of products purchased by Italian
families is fresh seafood, with 50 percent of purchases, followed
by frozen seafood (23 percent) and canned seafood (20 percent).
Due to the increasing consumption and declining domestic
supply, Italy is a net importer of seafood. Italian seafood imports
increased from 353 300 tonnes in 1976 to 970 100 tonnes in
2006, molluscs being the main commodity imported and Spain
being the main country of origin. Like in many other developed
countries, the seafood processing sector in Italy is gradually
being restricted to the niche of quality preparations.

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