Increased slaughtering volumes affects the salmon price

Aslak Berge

Summer-closed smokehouses create challenges for exporters and farmers.

“It looks like that – they say a few NOKs down,” says a smokehouse-director to iLaks about next week’s salmon prices.

“It’s common that the farmers try to keep the price up, but the market is not there. There is a big volume to go up. A few NOK down, maybe more at 3-4 [kilo]. It’s a lot 3-4.”

“But the breeders try out higher. They try at the same price as last week, but there are no buyers”, he adds. [factbox]

Six independent industry sources outline the following price hiring for the most-traded weight classes next week:

  • 3-4 kilos NOK 52-55 
  • 4-5 kilos NOK 54-57
  • 5-6 kilos NOK 55-58
  • 6+ kilos NOK 58-62 

“Today there is a lot of confusion. The customers are terribly awaiting, will not respond, almost regardless of what one sends them. And I think there will be a volume next week we have not seen before”, an exporter comments.

He thinks the main explanation is on the demand side: “Vacation mode out there. People are not at the buyer, it seems like.”

Increased supply
He receives support from several others.

“Many people think we will be down to NOK 54-55 at 3-4. I have not locked any thing yet. There are a lot of fish. I see the picture there and I think that’s right. But there are some who try even lower, NOK 52-53 at 3-4. 3-4 struggles, as I see it. 6+ is it on.”

The conception of a price reduction is unison.

“Offers NOK 55-59 at 3-6 in the north [of Norway]. Higher prices of 6+, but it is enough to fly”, a buyer writes in a sms to Salmon Business.

“It has been steadily down since Monday”, a trader comments. “In addition, there have been some leftover fish in the market. A little early yet, but we have started shopping at NOK 53, 54 and 55″, he says about the best-selling fish sizes of three to six kilos.

“6+ lives on their own life on the plane. What does not fly is equivalent to 5-6.”

September rates
“It’s a bit surprising. We have September prices already. So it is clear that with the rise in the sea, I think of prices well down in the [NOK] 40’s in September. Chile begins to reach large volumes in September and October, so it will take back some of the market that Norwegian salmon has had in the US, Canada and partly in Asia.”

“Today Chilean prices are well below the Norwegian. So Chile is back at full speed. It will certainly have consequences for salmon prices in both autumn and first half of next year. Then it’s currency, especially the dollar has adjusted by ten percent in eight weeks. For finished goods, such as portions, it is NOK 15 kroner per kilo.”



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