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Italy: fish consumption volume 2016-2018

Volume of fish consumed in Italy from July 2016 to December 2018 (in tons)

by Daniela Coppola, last edited Sep 16, 2019
Italy: fish consumption volume 2016-2018 Monthly data about fish consumption in Italy indicate that the consumption peak is reached in the month of December. This was reported for December 2016, 2017 and 2018, when 39,394, 37,187 and 39,174 tons of fish were consumed, respectively. Looking at the type of fish and seafood consumed, mussels head the volume ranking, with about 45 thousand tons in 2018, an increase compared to the previous year. In the first three months of 2019, the amounts of mussels consumed nationwide was equal to 3.4 thousand tons.
Regular consumers

According to a poll from 2018, Italians used to consume fish quite regularly. 68 percent of respondents consumed it at least once a week. Further surveys showed that at home, the most commonly consumed fish types were tuna and codfish, with preference rates of 81 and 71 percent, respectively.

Informed consumers

Data from 2016 indicated that the majority of Italian consumers purchased fish at the supermarket and fish shops. When buying fish, consumers would read the minimum date of preservation and the data of catch. In case of frozen food, 86 percent of consumers would consider the time of freezing very important.
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Volume of fish consumed in Italy from July 2016 to December 2018 (in tons)

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