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Molluscs Market

Molluscs Market

Molluscs Market Analysis By Species (Crassostrea, Ruditapes Philippinarum, Scallops), By Form (Frozen, Canned), By Distribution Channel & Region - Global Forecast 2022-2032

Molluscs Market
  • Jun-2022
  • List of Tables : 56
  • List of Figures : 168
  • 170 Pages
  • Food & Beverage

Molluscs Market Industry Outlook (2022-2032)

The molluscs market is expected to register a CAGR of 5% by garnering a market value of US$ 106.04 Billion in 2032 from US$ 65.1 Billion in 2022.  The growing food industry across the globe is anticipating market growth. Moreover, the growing health consciousness among consumers has increased the demand for nutritious food products and the consumption of molluscs. This reduces the risk of chronic diseases, which, in turn, is expected to promote market growth during the forecast period.

Report Attributes Details

Market Size Value in 2021

US$ 65.1 Billion

Project Market Forecast Value in 2032

US$ 106.04 Billion

Global Growth Rate (2022-2032)


Market Share of Asia Pacific


Key Companies Profiled

  • Maruha Nichiro Corporation
  • Nireus Aquaculture S.A.
  • Cermaq ASA
  • Eastern Fish Company
  • Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
  • Tassal Group Ltd.
  • Blue Ridge Aquaculture
  • Selonda Aquaculture S.A.
  • Ulka Seafoods Pvt. Ltd.
  • Avla Nettos Exports

Furthermore, according to the Fact.MR’s analysis, continuously changing lifestyles and busy life schedules of consumers are demanding processed seafood like canned molluscs, which, in turn, are gaining popularity among the consumers. Moreover, the increasing consumption of molluscs products due to several health benefits such as reducing the risk of chronic diseases is propelling the growth of this segment in the forecast period.

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Demand Analysis of Molluscs Market from 2017 to 2021 Vs Market Projections for 2022 to 2032

Historically from 2017 to 2021, the demand for molluscs grew at a significant rate, reflecting a CAGR of 5.3%. The lockdown announced during the COVID-19 pandemic had disturbed transportation and suspended the supply of fish food products for a short duration.

Aquaculture and fishery supply chains were susceptible to being disrupted or stopped by measures arising from COVID-19 restrictions. In the aquaculture sector, the unsold production of molluscs has resulted in increasing levels of live fish stocks. Further, it has created higher costs for feeding and risks of fish mortalities around the world.

In the years to come, the industry size is projected to increase owing to the increasing investments in the entry of new players, R&D activities, product innovation, effective resource allocation, technological breakthroughs, and increasing competition among the rivals to expand its customer as well as a regional base. Considering this, in the upcoming years, the molluscs market is expected to register a staggering CAGR of 5% in the forecast period.

Key Factors Driving Molluscs Market Growth

Rising Demand for Protein Rich Diets to Boost the Market

The increasing demand and consumption for protein-rich diets instead of high-calorie food product intake are propelling the growth of the global molluscs market. Seafood is a low-fat and rich source of protein, which is used for muscle building, and it also contains ingredients such as vitamins, iron, and omega-3 fatty acid, which are anticipating the market growth.

In addition to this, increasing demand for processed seafood is also driving the market growth during the forecast period.

The growing aquaculture fish production in developing economies like China, India, and Japan is the major driving force of the market. Furthermore, increasing disposable income of the consumers and rising inclination toward a healthy lifestyle, which has led to a rise in the consumption of protein-rich food, are the major growth factors for the market over the last few years.

The growing demand for premium quality food products due to freshness, diversity of the products, and convenience for food safety are expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period.

Key Challenges/Restraints to Molluscs Market Growth

High Cost of Products to Hamper Market Growth

One of the key challenges pertaining to the molluscs market is the high cost associated with the production of the same. This has led to a decrease in the production of molluscs in the past few years. While the production of molluscs is decreasing, demand is increasing due to rapid human population growth.

The price of mollusc meat has also increased over the years owing to the increased demand for sources of protein. In the near future, stringent government policies and incentives, as well as laws, are projected to hinder market expansion. Furthermore, customers' spending power has gone down with their disposable income, negatively impacting the market's earnings.

Molluscs market forecast by Fact.MR

Regional Outlook

How are Asia Pacific Countries Turning Out to be a Hotspot?  

According to Fact.MR, the Asia Pacific region makes the largest contribution to the global molluscs market of over 60% in 2022, expanding at a 5.7% CAGR. This can be credited to increased inclination among consumers towards a healthy lifestyle and increasing disposable income, which, in turn, will drive demand for healthy and nutritious food products.

The increasing consumption of fish food products in countries like China, India, and Japan, owing to the rising demand for protein-rich fish food products, is propelling the industry growth in this region. Especially in China and India, which have a huge consumer base for food products, this has further shown growth in the production of molluscs products.

How will Growth Prospects unravel across Europe?

According to Fact.MR, Europe is the fastest-growing molluscs market and is expected to witness a CAGR of 5.9% from 2022 to 2032. The growing demand for premium quality food products due to freshness, diversity of the products, and convenience for food safety are expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period.

The rising consumption of molluscs products in countries like Germany, Spain, and Italy, is due to the increasing awareness about the health benefits that are propelling the market growth.

Region-Wise Molluscs Growth Rate (CAGR) 2022-2032

Region CAGR

North America


Asia Pacific




Latin America


Middle East & Africa


Category-Wise Insights

Which Species of Molluscs is driving the Market?

According to Fact.MR, the Crassostrea segment contributes to the largest market share of more than 28% of the global molluscs market revenue and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 5% from 2022 to 2032.

The increasing production of Crassostrea products in developing economies like India, China, and Japan is propelling the growth of this segment. The rising popularity of fish food due to growing awareness about health consciousness among the consumers has projected the market growth in the forecast period. In addition, the scallops segment is expected to expand with the fastest CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period.

Which Form of Molluscs is projected to acquire a Major Revenue Share in the Market?

According to the Fact.MR’s analysis, the frozen segment is projected to hold the largest market share of more than 54% of the global molluscs market revenue and is expected to expand with a CAGR of 4% through 2032.

The consumer's inclination toward consuming a healthy, nutritious, and protein-rich diet has significantly accelerated the demand for frozen seafood products. In addition to this, the rising demand for processed and packaged fish products worldwide has projected market growth during the forecast period.

Which Distribution Channel is Bringing in the Highest Revenue to the Market?

The hypermarkets and supermarket channels are projected to acquire a share of more than 40% in the global molluscs market. Suppliers of molluscs products use the traditional retail channel to sell by word of mouth, advertising, and marketing.

Consumers prefer hypermarkets & supermarkets for purchasing goods, grocery, and fish food products, where they can physically verify product quality. Hypermarkets & supermarket channels are expected to remain dominant in the forecast period due to improved distribution channel networks across the globe.

Furthermore, the online segment of the molluscs market is expected to register the fastest expansion during the forecast years, with a CAGR of 5.7%. The rising adoption of the e-commerce sector for the shopping of food products and essential products by consumers due to the internet penetration rate has witnessed lucrative growth in recent years.

Several suppliers of molluscs are offering products on their websites which is further expected to drive industry demand during the forecast period.

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What is the Intensity of the Competition in the Global Molluscs Market?

Key players in the global molluscs market include Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Nireus Aquaculture S.A., Cermaq ASA, Eastern Fish Company, Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Tassal Group Ltd., Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Selonda Aquaculture S.A., Ulka Seafoods Pvt. Ltd., and Avla Nettos Exports among others. Some of the recent developments in molluscs market are:

  • In June 2021, Maruha Nichiro Corporation agreed and signed a contract to acquire shares of Marine Access Corporation (Marine Access) from NIPPON ACCESS, INC (NIPPON ACCESS). Following this acquisition, Marine Access became a member of the Maruha Nichiro Group. As a part of the acquisition, companies started a diverse range of marine products based on a highly consistent business strategy from raw materials sourcing to finished products sales with the target to "expansion of the marine products business value chain in Japan and overseas”.
  • In March 2022, Blue Harvest Fisheries showcased its new premium branded retail line at booth 2105 during the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts. The new product line will include locally harvested and processed MSC-certified Atlantic sea scallops, Atlantic pollock (saithe), North Atlantic ocean perch (Acadian redfish) and haddock all quick frozen for freshness and available in convenient 16 oz. reclosable bags.

Key Segments Covered in the Molluscs Market Report

  • Molluscs Market by Species :

    • Crassostrea Molluscs
    • Ruditapes Philippinarum Molluscs
    • Scallop Molluscs
    • Other Molluscs Species
  • Molluscs Market by Form :

    • Frozen Molluscs
    • Canned Molluscs
  • Molluscs Market by Distribution Channel :

    • Molluscs Sales via Hypermarkets and Supermarkets
    • Molluscs Sales via Convenience Stores
    • Molluscs Sales via Online Channels
    • Molluscs Sales via Other Distribution Channels
  • Molluscs Market by Region :

    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East & Africa

- FAQs -

As of 2022, the market for molluscs reached nearly US$ 65.1 Billion, according to Fact.MR
The molluscs industry is expected to register a CAGR of 5% from 2022-2032.
The molluscs market is expected to reach nearly US$ 106.04 Billion by 2032.
The growing health consciousness among consumers has increased the demand for nutritious food products and the consumption of molluscs.
Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Nireus Aquaculture S.A., and Cermaq ASA. are prominent molluscs market players.
Germany and China are the top two countries driving demand for molluscs.
According to Fact.MR, the Crassostrea segment contributes to the largest market share of more than 28%.
The hypermarkets and supermarket channels are projected to acquire a share of more than 40% in the global molluscs market.

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