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Markets for Processing Plants

Processors are often powerful players in the food sector, particularly in more developed economies. A significant proportion of fish and seafood is processed in factories. A significant amount of factory processed fish and products in developing countries is exported. 

Market related solutions to fish waste from a UK study include: use rejected fish, such as those of the wrong size, in alternative products such as fish cakes. Small processors and those in remote locations could benefit from collaborative programmes designed to optimize collection or exploit market opportunities. Modify packaging to enhance shelf life. This may include variations in modified atmosphere or use of vacuum packaging.

For example, a study of fish waste in the US proposes that seafood should be packaged into smaller portion sizes for consumers as a way of reducing waste.

New product pathways could be developed by building on export markets for by-products, such as fish heads, or the wider use of fish frames as flavouring where these offer economic benefits compared with fish-meal processing. 

Key Publications

Preventing Waste in the Fish Processing Supply Chain

Included are key results from WRAP research on reducing waste and water use in fish processing, and highlights issues and key actions that supply chain organizations can take to prevent waste and save money.

Reducing Waste in the Fish Sector

Market related solutions are highlighted in a WRAP initiative to reduce fish waste.                                                                                                

Wasted Food: U.S. Consumers' Reported Awareness, Attitudes, and Behaviors

A survey of U.S. consumer awareness, attitudes and behaviors related to wasted food.                                                                                                                                        

More Resources

More Resources

A survey of U.S. consumer awareness, attitudes and behaviors related to wasted food.
Market related solutions are highlighted in a WRAP initiative to reduce fish waste.
Included are key results from WRAP research on reducing waste and water use in fish processing, and highlights issues and key actions that supply chain organizations can take to prevent waste and save money.