This story is the first in a three-part series about the growth of China’s shrimp industry. The second in the series examines the trading and price landscape. The third looks at the effects of consolidation in the feed sector.

From cold northern climes to the tropical southern border with Vietnam, Robins McIntosh has traveled much of China’s long coastline. Even this veteran of the global shrimp industry is surprised at what he has seen.

“It’s stunning,” said McIntosh, vice-president of Thai food conglomerate CP Foods.