Surimi industrial technology developed by Japan in the early 1960s promoted the growth of the surimi industry
Surimi soaring, kneaded paste processor increases price and resizes
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 18:30 (GMT + 9)
The price of surimi, which is a raw material for fish paste products such as oden ingredients and kamaboko, is rising. Demand is growing worldwide and the import price of the flagship American Alaska pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) is rising, so processors in the prefecture are forced to respond to price increases and product size changes. There seems to be a possibility that it will spill over to over-the-counter prices for the hottest season for pots.
Toshichichi (Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City), a manufacturer of fish paste products, decided to raise prices for some products such as burdock rolls and squid rolls this month. President Yoshitaka Yamazaki (51) sighs, saying, “The price of surimi has been steadily rising over the last few years".
Prefectural processors are in a difficult situation = Shichioka City Shimizu Ward (Photo: Surumi paste kamaboto processng line courtesy at-s.com) ►
In September last year, the price was just raised by around 5%. Price competition with competitors is tough, and there are concerns that sales will decline, but “it can't be changed by changing the ingredients” (President Yamazaki). Renew product labels and trays to create a sense of quality and seek understanding from business partners.
Japan is regarded as the world's largest consumer of kneaded products, and most of the surimi relies on imports of American walleye. However, the rise in health consciousness and the fish food boom have helped boost consumption in China and Europe. The import prices have continued to rise, and major manufacturers such as Nippon Suisan and Kibun Foods have been piling up in March this year.