Fish consumption volume in Italy 2017-2019

Monthly data about fish consumption in Italy indicate that the consumption peak is generally reached in the month of December. This was reported for both December 2017 and 2018, when 37,187 and 41,248 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 ten months of 2019, the amount of mussels consumed nationwide was equal to 24.3 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.

Volume of fish consumed in Italy from January 2017 to October 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

January 2017 to October 2019

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