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Q: US Smoked Salmon Market ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: US Smoked Salmon Market
Category: Business and Money > Economics
Asked by: medinawa-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 19 Jan 2005 09:41 PST
Expires: 18 Feb 2005 09:41 PST
Question ID: 459893
Is the smoked salmon market in the US increasing? What is the smoked
salmon market now and over the last 5 or so years. Cites to auithority needed.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 21 Jan 2005 20:27 PST
Quantitative information on the smoked salmon market in the US is pretty scarce.

One authoritative report from 2004 cites rapid growth in the US smoked
salmon market in the past five years, and provides a percentage growth
rate along with the current estimated value of the market in US

An earlier report from 2003 doesn't provide quantitative figures on
market size, but it details the smoked salmon market in the US with
information on:

--the key domestic and international players in the US smoked-salmon market

--large US institutional customers for smoked salmon

--the role of wild vs farmed salmon in the smoked salmon market

Would links to these reports -- and a summary of the key information
they contain -- meet your needs as an answer to your question?

Let me know.


Clarification of Question by medinawa-ga on 23 Jan 2005 13:31 PST

Links to those reports would be sufficient; provided that the reports can cited.
Subject: Re: US Smoked Salmon Market
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 23 Jan 2005 15:04 PST
Hello medinawa-ga.

Thanks for getting back to me...I'm glad to hear the links below are
the types of sources you're after.

Before rating this answer, please let me know if you need any
additional information.  Just post a Request for Clarification, and
I'll be happy to assist you further.

All the best,



The best source of quantitative market information is this September
2004 marekt overview prepared by a major importer to the US market,
Fjord Seafood:
Future development in the US market

The overview covers a number of fish products, including smoked
salmon.  There are mentions of smoked salmon throughout the overview,
but the main information is summarized on page 16:


Smoked salmon ?the [US] market is growing

Size and growth:

--Estimated value of more than USD 250 million

--Growing 30-40% over the last 5 years

--Major part sold as private label products in retail stores

--Market dominated by 2 main segments-Retail (set weight platters,
party platters etc)-Food service (whole sides to restaurants, hotels)

--Fjord Seafood?s smoked salmon is branded under the name Ducktrap.
Ducktrap is the leading brand for smoked salmon in the USA.


Another overview of the smoked salmon market in the US was published
in 2003 in the trade magazine IntraFish, and is available online.  It
is a 2-page article, and each page is a separate link:

Stage set for smoked salmon war

The main points of the article seem to be these:

--Chilean companies are aiming to take a bite out of the sizable U.S.
smoked salmon market.

--the U.S. smoked salmon market remains largely controlled by a
handful of big American smokers ? namely Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Sea
Specialty Seafoods and Acme Smoked Fish Company...

--the majority of imports are currently Norwegian

--but Chilean imports to the US are growing:  imports from Chile in
2003 were about 800 metric tons worth approximately $7 million.

--Einstein Bagels was one of the first big names to make the switch to
Chilean suppliers.  Several cruise lines have also done the same,
siting cost savings as a big factor.

--Casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City are also large foodservice
markets being targeted

--Retail smoked salmon products from Chile are expected in the near future

--Smoked salmon from wild fish is being more heavily promoted, which
may offset some of the price advantage of the Chilean product, which
is from farm fish.

--pending country-of-origin labeling laws may be a market factor,
since consumers don't necessarily associate Chilean smoked salmon in
the same way as, say, Scottish smoked salmon.

--US smokers are considering sourcing from offshore instead.


There are other articles at IntraFish on the smoked salmon market that
may be of interest to you (though none as thorough as the one above,
and not all of them focus on the US market).  You can scan them at
this link:

I trust this information will fully meet your needs.  But again, if
you would like any additional information, just let me know, and I'm
at your service.



search strategy -- Google search on: [ "smoked salmon" market (million OR billion) ]
Subject: Re: US Smoked Salmon Market
From: thewho-ga on 16 Feb 2005 19:01 PST
Great answer to a difficult question.  I've been searching for an
answer for weeks. Thanks

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