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Crab - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 120 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4987089
The Crab Market size is estimated at USD 11.85 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 15.66 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.72% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The growing awareness of the nutritional benefits of crab, per capita seafood consumption, rising incomes, and increased urbanization underpinning seafood consumption, along with the inelastic nature of demand relative to prices, are expected to drive the overall demand for crabs. Crab meat contains significant protein, vitamin, and mineral content. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce blood pressure and enhance both bone and mental health. Such factors and the growing awareness about the health benefits of crab meat are expected to encourage its consumption in the coming years.

Mud crabs are known for their high flesh content and rapid growth rate in captivity. A fully grown mud crab weighs about 1,200 grams. Live mud crabs are in demand in the global market. The prices vary depending on the size (500 grams, 1000 grams, and above 1000 grams).

The food service industry is the major end user of crabs. The rise of the food service industry directly affects the global crab market. The food service industry across the world is multiplying because of new technology and innovations, as well as customizations in menus. Additionally, the inclination toward healthy and nutritious foods and increasing demand for the gluten-free diet are expected to support the market growth.

Crab Market Trends

Increasing Awareness About the Health Benefits of Crabs

Growing consumer awareness about the health benefits of crabs is a key factor driving the growth of the crab market. Significant amounts of proteins, minerals, and nutrients can be found in crabs. It has little saturated fat and is an important source of the omega-3 unsaturated fats docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (ECA) (EPA). Crab also contains soothing qualities that can be helpful for people with joint pain. Additionally, it decreases vascular stress.

Crab has numerous other health benefits, some of which include improving bone and heart health and promoting emotional well-being. Owing to such health benefits and demand, consumption is increasing globally, leading to an increase in production across the globe as well. For instance, according to Federal Agency for Fishery, the production volume of crab in Russia increased from 86.3 thousand metric tons in 2017 to 93.3 thousand metric tons in 2020.

According to MPEDA, in 2021, the area under mud crab cultivation in Andhra Pradesh, India, was over 5000 hectares. MPEDA also claimed that it had identified several areas in four to five districts with the potential to cultivate mud crabs, scientifically known as Scylla Serrata. The state produced over 2000 tons of mud crabs in 2021. Moreover, changing lifestyles and an increasing working population have paved the way for foods like crabs that require less preparation time and have high nutritious value. All these factors collectively are expected to drive the demand for crabs across the globe.

North America in the Fastest Growing Region

North America is the fastest-growing region in the market for crabs globally; it is one of the major contributors to the total share of the crab market globally. According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), increases in seafood landings, as well as rising demand for imported crabs and other seafood from health-conscious consumers, have raised the share of seafood in the American diet in recent years. The annual fisheries report published by the NOAA revealed that in 2020, crabs were the highest-value species in the United States, with a value of USD 584 million, and Alaska accounted for 60% of seafood landings, the highest in the country. Historically, in the United States, Jonah crabs were harvested as an incidental catch by fishermen targeting lobsters in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. But commercial interest in the species as a targeted catch has grown in recent years.

Additionally, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the average expenditure on fish and seafood per consumer unit in the United States in 2021 accounted for USD 729. Similarly, according to Progressive Grocer, the share of seafood shoppers looking for sustainable seafood products in the United States has increased from 2019 to 2021. In 2019, only 29% of seafood shoppers were sustainable. This figure was at 41% in 2021. Moreover, according to the government of Canada, the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) available for the 2022 SGSL Snow crab fishery is 32,519 tons given to strengthen the domestic supply and push down the prices. This increase in seafood consumption is expected to boost the growth of the crab market at a faster pace during the forecast period.

Crab Industry Overview

The crab market is highly fragmented, with the presence of international players as well as regional companies intensifying the competition for a higher market share and an extended consumer outreach. Some of the major companies indulged in the supply and trade of frozen as well as canned crabs include Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, Supreme Crab & Seafood, Inc., Maine Lobster Now, Millennium Ocean Star Corporation, and Phil-Union Frozen Foods Inc., among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Blue Crab
5.1.2 Chinese Mitten
5.1.3 Gazami Crab
5.1.4 Other Crab Types
5.2 Form
5.2.1 Frozen
5.2.2 Canned
5.2.3 Other Forms
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 North America United States Canada Mexico Rest of North America
5.3.2 Europe France Belgium Germany Netherlands United Kingdom Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China Indonesia Philippines Vietnam India Japan Australia Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 South America Argentina Brazil Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle East and Africa South Africa United Arab Emirates Rest of Middle East and Africa
6.1 Most Adopted Strategies
6.2 Market Share Analysis
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 Bumble Bee Foods LLC
6.3.2 Supreme Crab & Seafood Inc.
6.3.3 Maine Lobster Now
6.3.4 Millennium Ocean Star Corporation
6.3.5 Phil-Union Frozen Foods Inc.
6.3.6 JM Clayton Seafood Company
6.3.7 RGE Agridev Corporation
6.3.8 Siam Canadian Group Limited
6.3.9 Handy Seafood

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  • Supreme Crab & Seafood, Inc.
  • Maine Lobster Now
  • Millennium Ocean Star Corporation
  • Phil-Union Frozen Foods, Inc.
  • JM Clayton Seafood Company
  • RGE Agridev Corporation
  • Siam Canadian Group Limited
  • Handy Seafood