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Spain: Traditional product formats fall as value-added demand rises

Canned seafood was the only product format that saw a rise in value year on year.

While fresh fish still holds poll position in Spanish seafood consumption, its volume and value fell in 2016, making room for a higher spend on canned seafood.

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Fresh fish sales were down 2.5 percent in volume to 506,923 metric tons year on year.

Rising prices meant value fell less, down 0.5 percent to 3.8 million.

Other traditional Spanish seafood formats also fell, with canned seafood the exception to the rule, falling very slightly in volume but increasing in value by 1.2 percent.

As Spanish consumer habits change, so is the lay of the industry and the companies who operate in it.

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