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Lifestyle Choices Highlight Growth Potential For Irish Seafood Retailers

John Browne TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Fisheries at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today highlighted the developing opportunities that exist in the Irish Seafood Sector on foot of consumer interest in developing healthier lifestyles.

Speaking at the opening of IASC 2008, the Irish Association of Seafood Companies Conference and Trade Show in Enfield, Co. Meath, Minister Browne outlined the increases in growth that has been recorded in the sector on the strength of consumers choosing healthy diet options. He congratulated the sector on the 2007 figures for sales which show domestic seafood sales to the retail sector increasing by 7% to €169m with sales to the food services sector increasing by 5% to €213m in 2007.

"This growth, which has seen sales in local fishmongers alone, rise from 38m to 59m between 2006 and 2007, with total sales of Irish Seafood reaching 803m in 2007 can only be seen as positive for Irish Seafood retailers and processors. These increases can also be attributed to the work that has been accomplished by the Seafood Retailers in re-branding and targeting of fish as a daily option for the Irish dinner table," said Browne.

Minister Browne also emphasised the need for the Seafood Retail Sector to work hand in hand with the other State Agencies in maximising this growth potential into the future. "Working in conjunction with agencies such as BIM, participating in Programmes such as the SEAFOOD CIRCLE, Irish retailers are demonstrating their commitment for delivering excellent quality seafood to the Consumer."

Date Released: 16 February 2008