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The shrimp market in China reached a volume of 2.07 Million Tons in 2020. Shrimp is a marine animal that has become a staple in China. For thousands of years, the country has been practicing aquaculture and currently produces more seafood than the rest of the world combined. The consumption of shrimp has more than doubled over the past decade, catalyzed by the strong growth in the middle-class population. Moreover, shrimp imports into China have increased, whereas exports have declined, making China one of the world’s biggest importers of shrimp in recent years.
A significant factor driving the consumption of shrimp in China is its rich nutrition profile and associated health benefits. It is an excellent source of antioxidants and astaxanthin that boosts the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. It also helps in weight management, improves bone and brain health, relieves eye fatigue, lowers blood pressure, and prevents the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, driven by strong economic growth and rising affluence, consumers in China are undergoing a ‘nutrition transition,’ whereby they are shifting from a carbohydrate-based diet to a food that consists of higher levels of proteins. Apart from this, rapid urbanization and busy lifestyles of consumers have led to a further rise in the demand for cooked and breaded shrimp as they are ready-to-eat food items that do not require extensive preparation before cooking. Furthermore, the expansion of the e-commerce industry has boosted the online sales of shrimp, which in turn has positively impacted the industry. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the shrimp market in China to exhibit steady growth during 2021-2026.
Breakup by Environment:
Farmed shrimp currently dominates the market, on account of the favorable farming conditions in the country.
Breakup by Domestic Production and Imports:
At present, domestic production accounts for the majority of the overall market share.
Breakup by Species:
Amongst these, Penaeus vannamei currently represents the most popular species in China.
Breakup by Product Categories:
Based on the product categories, peeled shrimp hold the largest share in the market.
Breakup by Distribution Channel:
Presently, traditional retail exhibit a clear dominance in the market.
The competitive landscape of the market has also been analyzed in the report, covering the detailed profiles of the major players operative in the industry.
The China shrimp market reached a volume of 2.41 Million Tons in 2021.
We expect the China shrimp market to exhibit a CAGR of 2.18% during 2022-2027.
The shifting consumer preferences from fatty meat products towards protein-rich food alternatives,
including shrimp, is currently driving the China shrimp market.
The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the changing consumer inclination from
conventional brick-and-mortar distribution channels towards online retail platforms for the purchase
of shrimp and shrimp-based products.
Based on the environment, the China shrimp market has been divided into farmed and wild.
Currently, farmed shrimp exhibits a clear dominance in the market.
Based on the domestic production and imports, the China shrimp market can be categorized into
domestic production and imports, where domestic production holds the majority of the total market
Based on the species, the China shrimp market has been segmented into Penaeus Vannamei,
Penaeus monodon, Macrobrachium Rosenberger, and others. Among these, Penaeus Vannamei
segment represents the largest market share.
Based on the product categories, the China shrimp market can be bifurcated into peeled, shell-on,
cooked, breaded, and others. Currently, peeled shrimp accounts for the largest market share.
Based on the distribution channel, the China shrimp market has been divided into traditional retail,
hypermarkets and supermarkets, convenience stores, hotels and restaurants, online stores, and
others. Among these, traditional retail channel currently exhibits clear dominance in the market.
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