Nothing changed in global Prawn – shrimp market will hinge on China, US foodservice…

It’s always been thus!

BUT – what is of note but not shown in the headlines is the ability to turn on/off the shrimp production taps to market. Flexibility on demand with white shrimp. Big difference to slow salmon protein.

No headline mention by Rabobank of increase in Chinese white shrimp aquaculture for 2021. The real driver metric to watch perhaps?

China accounted once for 60% of global shrimp farming production and this can have serious blowback to countries like Ecuador who, once again, turn to US foodservice value added regional markets instead of the smaller heads on flow to Europe/China.

Europe is ambivalent. Japan likes it big…..and convenient.

Choose your market.

Prawn processing in the age of robotics and the new normal…

Untouched by human hands. Zero additives. Buy shrimp heads-on…..

….however CONVENIENCE is a major end consumer requirement and becoming more so across the globe.

It is the major US market shrimp demand pull. It is a North/South European divide.

Unfortunately further processing, such as de-heading, deveining and peeling shrimp brings along it’s own issues – of course firstly, manual handling carries its own human to food safety and, secondly, labor issues – including high risk work environment, low wages, worker exploitation and even cases of slave labor in the associated fish feed industry.

Seek a robotic shrimp de-heading machine and, well, there ain’t any!

BUT hang-on there…….

iRaishrimp S.L., a specialized shrimp aquaculture industry company based in Valencia, Spain, together with local and US partners, have been progressing successfully.

With a prototype built, full tests to be completed end of March 2021 and a priority date obtained on a utility patent filing iRaishrimp S.L is currently seeking a further round of pre-seed investment that would see them through the final development milestones and on to the stage of production of their first commercial inventory. 

Seems like their robotic shrimp de-heading/deveining machine has CIP with UV and washdown capabilities. Further enhancements look to include defect controls, size classification, bespoke robotic tail peeling, and even a steam cook function.

So, if interested, or if network interested, do not hesitate to get in touch :

Fernando Sanchez de Lara –

Joel Raposo –