In the corona crisis, demand for canned fish has risen significantly. In the first half of 2020, there have been a number of "extreme purchases," reported the chairman of the fish information center (FIZ), rene stahlhofen, in hamburg.
This was evident, for example, in purchases of canned fish, which had seen a surge in demand of up to 46 percent in the months of february and march. In the weeks that followed, customers also bought a lot of long-life fish products.
Catherine zucco of the environmental foundation WWF germany commented on this development: "the turn to canned fish in the corona crisis is understandable, but canned fish is also in crisis," the fisheries expert explained. "Tuna fishing has doubled since the 80s, which puts many stocks in danger." When buying fish, it is important to pay attention to species, origin and production method.
Iglo’s european parent company nomad foods (london) also reported that people are increasingly turning to frozen foods when shopping in corona times. In the first half of 2020, it recorded sales growth in europe of 10.8 percent to 1.28 billion euros, as iglo deutschland announced on wednesday. However, as a result of the pandemic, operational expenses had also risen by 7 percent. The group raised its annual forecast and now expects sales growth in the high single-digit percentage range.
The temporary closure of restaurants, canteens or snack bars during the pandemic also affected the sales channels of the fish industry. According to current estimates, auber-haus sales will decline by 110 percent this year.500 tons to 165.750 tons (catch weight) to cope with, the FIZ announced. At the same time, an increase of 124% in purchases from food retailers was reported.312 tons to 953.062 tons expected. Overall, FIZ expects a small increase in per capita fish consumption of 1.5 percent to 13.5 kilograms in 2020.
In 2019, consumers in germany again spent more money on fish and seafood than in the previous year, according to fiz data. Expenditures had risen by 4.9 percent to 4.1 billion euros, thus reaching a new record level. Last year, the discounters again sold the largest quantities of fish and seafood, stahlhofen reported. Alaska pollock continues to be particularly popular. On the burst behind follow salmon, tuna, herring and shrimp. According to FIZ, consumers in hamburg, bremen and schleswig-holstein bought the most fish products. Baden-wurttemberg buys the least fish in a state comparison.
According to preliminary calculations, per capita consumption in 2019 was 13.3 kilograms. This corresponds to a decrease of 3.6 percent compared to the previous result 2018 (13.8 kilograms). Criticism came from greenpeace marine biologist thilo maack: measured against the degree of global overfishing, too much fish is eaten in germany, he stressed. Destructive fishing methods with their bycatch and habitat destruction are the main reasons for the historic crisis of the oceans. "Fish must once again be seen much more as a delicacy that is only available on special occasions," demanded maack.