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May 22, 2015


Getting the Consumer to Eat the Whole Shrimp !!!


CP Foods currently produces soft-shell shrimp at its processing plant in Rayong Province, Thailand, for sale to Japan, with a small volume also going to the USA.  The product is eaten head-on, and is similar to soft-shell crab.  In Japan, it is popular in ramen noodle soups, using big shrimp.  To produce soft-shell shrimp, super-fresh raw animals are required.  The reason CP Foods is producing in Rayong is the proximity to the farms, meaning the shrimp can be in the plant soon after harvest. 


With Thailand losing its preferential tariffs under the European Union’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the company plans to produce the product for Europe in Vietnam, where it has two processing plants.  The company’s plant in Hue is close to its farms, meaning the Rayong production model can be used.  Vietnam still has the preferential GSP duty levels for sale to Europe.  It will take a while to transfer the expertise from Thailand to Vietnam for producing the soft-shell product, so production for Europe will not start until 2016.  The United Kingdom, where CP has a sales operation, is likely to be where European soft-shell sales start.


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman.  CP Foods Plans to Produce Soft Shell Shrimp in Vietnam for Sale to Europe.  Tom Seaman  (  May 22, 2015.

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