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Fish and Seafood Markets

SIC 5421 | NAICS 445220

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Fish & Seafood Markets  (view report)
Fish & Seafood Wholesaling  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Diversified Business Communications

Online resource features news and information for seafood processors, distributors, and retailers, with free news sections including "Foodservice & Retail", "Food Safety & Health", "Aquaculture", "Supply & Trade", and "Environment & Sustainability". The premium content section includes market reports for the U.S. and other selected countries, with access to premium content available on a free trial basis.

Specialty Food Stores

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Nielsen Perishables Group
Current Articles and Presentations

Consumer research section features articles, reports, and presentations for various segments of the retail fresh food industry, with market segments covered in this section including produce, meat, fish, bakery, and deli items, and examples of recent presentations including "The Seafood Landscape in 2014: Retail Trends and Consumer Preferences Drivers" (2014 NFI Global Marketing Conference).

Progressive Grocer
Retail Seafood Report
Annual survey of supermarket seafood executives published in the March issue of Progressive Grocer provides insights on sales performance for the prior year and expectations for the year ahead, and also includes information on changes in consumer demand regarding pack sizes and portions, "free-from" products (e.g., free-from antibiotics, hormones, etc.), and wild-caught versus farm-raised products.

GIA Research
Seafood - Frozen, Canned, and Fresh

Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of this market sector in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered in the report including industry and product overview; market analysis and trends; historical and forecast sales volume by product segment (e.g., fresh, frozen, chilled, canned, cured, and shellfish); and leading suppliers and brands. Detailed table of contents is available free online.

Mintel Group Ltd.
Fish and Shellfish - US

Market research report provides in-depth analysis of this product sector from a consumer standpoint, with topics covered in the report including market size and forecast, segment performance (e.g., fresh, frozen, and shelf stable), retail channels (e.g., supermarkets, mass merchandisers, and natural food stores), purchasing criteria, frequency of consumption, products purchased, and purchase locations.

Euromonitor International
Fresh Food in the US

Market research report analyzes market trends and prospects for various segments of the fresh food industry and provides historical and forecast volume data for each segment by product category and distribution format, with product categories covered in the fish and shellfish segment including finfish, crustaceans, mollusks and cephalopods. Sample report and sample data are available free online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Fish and Seafood Markets  Search for "445220"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Fish & Seafood Markets
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry costs and profits as a percentage of revenues by major income and expense category (purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent and utilities, other expenses, and earnings before interest and taxes) for retail food markets that specialize in selling fresh, frozen, smoked, and canned finfish and shellfish products.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

BizMiner Financial Analysis Reports
Fish & Seafood Markets  Search for "445220"

Five-year comparative income statement analysis provides salaries, wages, and officer compensation in both dollars and as a percentage of sales for specialty food markets that primarily sell fresh, frozen, and cured seafood such as finfish (e.g., salmon, tuna, tilapia, pollock, cod, and catfish), mollusks (e.g., clams, mussels, oysters, and squid), and crustaceans (e.g., lobsters, shrimp, and soft-shelled crabs).

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this occupational category on a national, state, and major metropolitan area basis, with industries reported separately in the survey including animal slaughtering and processing, seafood preparation and packaging, grocery and related products wholesalers, grocery stores, and specialty food stores.

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Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Fish and Seafood Markets

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for retail food stores that specialize in selling fresh, frozen, and cured seafood such as finfish (e.g., salmon, tuna, tilapia, pollock, rockfish, cod, catfish, and trout), mollusks (e.g., clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, snails, squid, and octopus), and crustaceans (e.g., lobsters, crabs, prawns, shrimp, and crayfish).

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