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24 February 2016

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Mussels - February 2016

Mussels purchases declined in several european countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain.


Total global imports of mussels by the nine largest importers have declined by 11 100 tonnes (-6%) in the first nine months of 2015 compared with the same period the year before.

On the production side, Chile, the largest exporter of mussels, increased its sales abroad by 2 500 tonnes to reach a total of 59 300 tonnes exported in the first nine months of 2015. In the same period, exports from New Zealand dropped by a severe 17% to 21 200 tonnes. Despite such a significant drop, recent data concerning New Zealand's exports indicate an improvement in export performances during the last months of 2015.


Looking at the first nine month period over the past six years, total EU imports of mussels ranged from 149 000 to 172 000 tonnes. For the first nine months of 2015, imports recorded dropped by 7% compared with the average recorded in the nine-month period between 2010 to 2014 (157 300 tonnes). The Netherlands had the most significant drop in imports, purchasing 5 700 tonnes less than in January to September 2015, a decrease of 34%. Other notable declines came from Germany (-3 800 tonnes, -29%) and Russia (-3 300 tonnes, -46%). In the same period, imports to Italy, one of the EU's largest importing country for this species, increased by 16%, an additional 4 800 tonnes.

Market news: Mussel business dynamics in Canada

According to the Guardian from Prince Edwards Island (PEI), Canada, the Confederation Cove Mussels in Borden-Carleton, a leading farmer and processor of PEI mussels, along with two other shellfish businesses, have recently been amalgamated with Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership, a multi-species shellfish sales and distribution company based in Maine, USA. This integration will strengthen the commercial performances of the enlarged group.

In other news, the PEI Mussel King, a business for over 30 years, is positioning to take advantage of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe by investing in new processing equipment to increase production efficiency and meet market demand. The central Canadian government as well as the Government of Prince Edward Island will support this CAD 940 000 million investment for CAD 470 000 each.

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