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Rainbow trout supply chain in the EU

Thursday, October 28, 2021

EUMOFA released a new case study assessing the supply chain of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the EU. The species is supplied to the market as a whole or as a fillet. The commercial size for the portion-sized trout generally ranges from 350 g up to 600 g. 

Rainbow trout is the main freshwater species farmed at the EU level, both in terms of volume and value. In 2019, EU 27 production of trout was 183,819 tons. The main EU member states producing trout are France, Italy and Denmark, accounting for 56% of EU production. In 2019, world trout production stood at 939,878 tons and has been increasing since 2015 (+21% in volume in the period 2015-2019). The EU 27 is the second-largest trout producer in the world, accounting for 20% of world production.

In 2020, the main intra-EU sellers of portion trout were Denmark, Spain and Poland, while the main intra-EU destinations for portion trout were Germany, Poland and France. The apparent consumption of trout at the EU 27 level was 208,657 tons in 2018 and 83% of supply was sourced from EU production and 17% from imports. 

In Germany, the ex-farm prices for portion trout ranged from €4.37kg to €7.79/kg (2019) with a final price of €10.41/kg (observed in small-scale retail shops). In Italy, the average ex-farm price for fresh portion trout was €3.30/kg (2021) and the retail price considered in the analysis was €9.90/kg for large-scale retailers (from €7.90 to €9.90/kg at the retail stage based on a store check). In Poland, the ex-farm price considered is €2.62/kg (2020) and the report provides two price transmission analyses: packed product in large-scale retailers (final price at €5.79/kg) and unpacked product in traditional shops (final price at €5.82/kg).

Check out the report here.

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