Pink salmon diverted to frozen market A major change in the processing of Alaskan pink salmon will have a serious impact on the availability of canned product. Previously, an abundance of pink salmon had created a glut of canned, with processors depending on US government tenders to move a large part of the inventory under a schools programme. However, this was never going to be sustainable and the industry has been forced to find other outlets for pink salmon. In the past few years domestic salmon burger sales have increased dramatically, worldwide demand for frozen pinks for ready meals has gone up. This season at least 50% of the pink salmon harvest will go to the frozen market, leaving an estimated 1.5 million tonnes for canning against a worldwide market requirement of two-and-a-half to three million tonnes. The UK has never been a big consumer of pink salmon, but UK traders believe scarcity and the resultant higher prices will further damage sales.

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