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Fish Trends for 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Fish powders, pastes, and parts top the trends for 2017. I’ll tell you more after this –

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Seafood is among the top 10  trends to watch this new year, say global buyers and experts at Whole Foods Markets and other major outlets.  Topping the list, reports Seafood Source, is using byproducts of all kinds, both edible and otherwise.

Pescetarianism will partner with a new “flexitarianism” eating trend that is  less rigid  than typical vegan, gluten-free or other special diets. It will add fish and shellfish to vegetarian meals.

Wellness ingredients and Japanese-inspired eating are making their way into more into American pantries, with seaweeds topping the trend.  Kelp is called the new kale and seaweed flavored food and drink products grew by 76 percent from 2011 through 2015.

Creative Condiments made from 100 percent cod, lobster, mussels and other seafoods are making a splash as pastes and powders for dips, soup stocks, salad dressings and more.

Finally, oven-ready meal kits are on the upswing as shoppers opt for healthier, easy to prepare choices.

An eating trend that will boost Alaska salmon is a continued global shortfall of farmed salmon.

 “ It looks like this year farmed production will be down and the large European investment banks that finance a lot of farmed salmon activity, they don’t expect global farmed production to go above last year until 2019.”   

Andy Wink is Senior Seafood Analyst with the McDowell Group.

“So we’re looking at several years of either lower or constrained supply growth for farmed salmon. And that is pretty important because typically farmed salmon production has grown  around 5 percent a year over the last 20 years.”  

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