Long shelf life and ease of preservation, affordability, nutritional values on a par with fresh fish and the ease with which it can be prepared make canned tuna a must-have food in the shopping cart. This has been even more true during the last year, so much so that we can speak of a new “golden age” for the Italian canned tuna. One in two Italians increased their consumption during the hardest months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Italian canned tuna sector is also confirmed as one of the most virtuous of the Italian food industry. In Italy alone, in 2020 it exceeded a market value of 1.40 billion euros (growing by +6% compared to 2019) as national production exceeded 80,300 tons (+8.21%) and consumption reached 160,191 tons (+4.7%), equal to about 2.67 Kg per capita.
THE VALUE OF EXPORTS
At the same time, exports had a positive spurt reaching 30.500 tons (+18.6%), confirming the growing interest for Italian products abroad both in EU countries (Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Czech Republic, etc.) and also in Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Arab Emirates.
As regards the fish canning sector as a whole which, in addition to canned tuna, includes other products such as mackerel, anchovies and sardines, ANCIT (Associazione Nazionale Conservieri Ittici e delle Tonnare – National Association of Fish Canning and Tuna Processing Companies) estimates a 2020 turnover of around 405 million, for a total value of over 1.81 billion. (Source: ANCIT elaborations on Istat data).