The Russian seafood revolution: Shifting consumption towards aquaculture products

Trude Berg Andersen, Kristin Lien, Ragnar Tveterås, Sigbjørn Tveterås

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A food consumption revolution is taking place in Russia. After decades of severe constraints on food consumption options under the communist regime Russian consumers are now adopting new food products-including seafood products - at a high pace. Since Russian consumers have previously had very limited seafood consumption choices, the market can be seen as an interesting laboratory for investigating consumer responses to products that have previously not been available. Among imported seafood products are both wild and farmed species. Furthermore, Russian imports include both traditional species such as herring, and 'new' species such as pangasius. We analyze market integration among seafood products using Russian monthly import prices from 2002 to 2007 on several products, such as herring, salmonids and pangasius. We find that pangasius compete in the white fish segment, and is a price leader. In the salmonids market, farmed salmon trout appears to be the price leader, both in the fresh and frozen market segment. © 2009 IAAEM.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)191-212
Number of pages22
JournalAquaculture Economics and Management
StatePublished - 19 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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