British scampi suppliers are preparing for potential shortages and sky-high raw material prices this summer following fishing restrictions and increased demand from the Continent.

Raw material prices for the perennial seaside favourite have already risen year-on-year, while UK landings for the year to April were down 20% on last year. Meanwhile, demand from France, Spain and Italy for UK whole langoustine has soared, reducing the number landed for scampi tails.

Adam Bernard, MD of scampi supplier ScoFro's seafood division, said scampi stocks were "very, very low" for this time of year and that prices were expected to stay high this side of the summer.

The market was "a challenge", agreed Whitby Seafoods, which said it had launched Whitby Yorkshire Scampi and Scampi Bites, both a blend of scampi and fish fillets, in response to expected shortages.

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