Tuesday, August 2, 2016

02/08/2016: Case study: Plaice in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands is the top producer of European plaice in the world with nearly 29,000 tonnes and the EU accounts for 86 percent of world catches with more than 86,000 tonnes (2014), EUMOFA reports.
Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for plaice more than doubled between 2008 and 2015. However, TACs were not fully utilised by the EU fleet: 93 percent utilisation in 2010 and 68 percent in 2014 and 64 percent in 2015.
Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany are the main consumer markets. They represent 64 percent of the total EU market for plaice.
The Netherlands are a major player in terms of production, trade and processing, importing mainly from UK (fresh whole plaice) and exporting to Italy and Germany (fresh and frozen fillets).
From 2009 Dutch plaice fisheries began to be MSC certified. In 2013 certified plaice accounted for 65 percent of the national catches.
Regarding price structure in the supply chain:

  • As filleting yield is quite low, filleting loss is a major cost item
  • In the case of fresh fillets marketed in Dutch retail, the packaging cost and the distribution from platform to point of sale account for more than half of the retail price
  • For frozen fillets shipped to Italy, the filleting, freezing and packaging costs represent 26 percent of the price delivered at platform in Italy
  • The net margin of the processor is higher in the case of fresh fillet (0.23 EUR/kg) than in the case of frozen fillet (0.15 EUR/kg)
Read the full report in:

Visit the EUMOFA site HERE.

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