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US mackerel remains cheap

This article was originally published in Foodnews

While mackerel’s regard has been transformed in European markets (FOODNEWS 25 November) , its market image in the US is a different matter. An American source buys pacific jack mackerel, trachurus symmetricus , for USD900-1 200 per tonne. He said that the Atlantic mackerel – scomber scombrus – which is fished in the north east Atlantic is “too expensive for American purposes”. The US imports large quantities of canned Jack mackerel from China, Thailand, South Korea and Peru, and previously bought large quantities from Chile until the shoals migrated. This migration led US buyers to look more seriously at Asian mackerel. The fish is used as a cheap alternative to pink salmon in the US. “As the price of salmon went up, the price of mackerel did, too,” the source stated, but added: “It is not an elegant fish.”



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