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November 3, 2014


Small Shrimp from Thailand, Big Shrimp from Indonesia


In 2014, shrimp farmers in Thailand have focused on small sizes because farmers in Indonesia and India were focusing on large sizes.


Jim Gulkin, managing director of Thailand-based frozen seafood supplier Siam Canadian Group, said, “The shrimp farming pattern has changed, so total output in terms of tonnage could be less than that of last year.”


This information matches a report provided by Don Berger, buying and marketing director with USA-based Sea Lion International, who said,  “The price on small sizes is still high from the high demand.  Many farmers have changed to focus on raising small sizes when prices are more attractive.”  At the same time, prices on large shrimp—like cooked and peeled, tail-on 26/30 and larger and EZ-peel 21/25 and larger—are down because of lower demand from the market and more supply from Indonesia.


Ernie Wayland, executive vice president with USA shrimp and seafood importer International Marketing Specialists (IMS), said, “Large whites in the 16/20 and 21/25 headless, shell-on sizes have pushed the market down about $1 a pound since last mid-year.  There is still a lot of discounting going on to move this inventory.”


Information: Jim Gulkin, Siam Canadian Foods Company, Ltd., 9th Floor, Suite 283/44 Home Place Office Building, 283 Thong Lor 13, Sukhumvit 55, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (phone+66-2-185-3311, fax +66-2-185-3317, email, webpage


Source: Siam Canadian’s Webpage.  Thai Shrimp Farmers Focus on Small Sizes, Indonesia Thinks Big.  No Date, Website Visit on November 3, 2014.

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