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What Fish Processors Need To Look Out For In 2023

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The UK fish processing industry is a vital part of the country's economy, providing employment for thousands of people and contributing to the country's food supply. As we begin 2023, we look at the landscape of the fish processing market, focusing on the challenges and the machinery vital to complete daily operations.

The Fish Processing Industry

Like so many industries at the moment, the fish processing industry is not without its challenges. The main threat facing the UK fish processing industry is the fluctuation of fish stocks and the regulations surrounding fishing quotas.

Climate change has affected fish populations and migration patterns, making it harder for fishing vessels to predict where they will find the most fish. This has led to a decrease in the amount of fish caught, which in turn has led to a decrease in the amount of fish available for processing. Additionally, fishing quotas set by the European Union have limited the number of fish that can be caught, further reducing the supply.

Despite these challenges, the UK fish processing industry continues to thrive. It is estimated that the industry employs around 22,000 people and has a turnover of around £2 billion per year. The industry is also undergoing a period of modernization, with many companies investing in new technology to improve efficiency and reduce waste.

That’s where machinery comes in.

Food Processing Machinery

Fish processing and packaging fish machinery are essential tools for any business that deals with fish products. Fish machinery is designed to make the process of preparing, packaging, and preserving fish as efficient and effective as possible.

One of the most important machines in fish processing is the fish cutter. This machine is used to clean and fillet fish, removing bones and other unwanted parts. Fish cutters come in various sizes and styles, from manual hand-cranked machines to large, automated machines.

Another crucial machine for some processing plants is the fish smoker. This machine is used to smoke fish, giving it a unique flavor and preserving it for a longer period of time. Fish smokers come in a variety of sizes and styles, from small, portable machines to large, industrial-sized smokers.

Once the fish is processed and smoked, it needs to be packaged to keep it fresh. Fish packaging machines are used to package fish products in various forms, such as vacuum-sealed bags or cans. These machines are designed to ensure that the packaging is airtight, preventing the fish from becoming spoiled.

Safeguarding the products during transportation is just as important as the protection in the fish processing plant, and the boxes need to reach their destination in the same condition that they left, which is why a lot of aquaculture plants turn to strapping and stretch wrapping machines.

Food Packaging Machinery Built For Fish Processors

The packaging machines below are a range of the highest quality strapping and wrapping machines on the market, built specifically for the fish processing industry. The brands include StraPack (Japan), PKG (Italy), Area (Italy) and OMS (Italy) who are some of the most prominent packaging machine providers in the world right now.

Whether you are a small fishing operation or a large industrial fish processing plant, these machines can help you to streamline your operations and improve your bottom line.

Our food packaging machinery comes with a service contract which gives you access to our team of 16 mobile engineers – the largest team of engineers in the UK strapping market.

If you’re interested in speaking to us about one of our products, get in touch here. Additionally, if you haven’t read our previous article regarding commodity prices soaring, you can here

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