The Spanish fish processing and preservation industries are 640, of which 440 have fewer than 20 persons employed and only 201 present with more than 20 workers. The total number of employees in all these industries is 18,448, with a year-on-year increase of 0.7%. The total number of hours worked in the sector is 31,666. The Spanish canned fish and seafood canning sector is the most important in the whole of the European Union and the second worldwide, only surpassed by Thailand. In the case of Galicia, the canning sector is key to its economy, since it contributes 3% of the GDP of that autonomous community. The main canning group has a production of 165,000 tonnes and sales of 740 million euros, while the second one reaches 129,000 tonnes and 600 million euros, the third is around 175,000 tonnes and 403 million tonnes. Euros and the fourth round 150,000 tonnes and 295 million euros. From there, the jump is already very large, because the fifth company in the sector reaches 32,000 tonnes, with a turnover of 103 million euros. In the productive base there are a large number of small operators with a semiartesanal character and it is considered that the companies in full operation are about 150, almost half of which is located in Galicia. Distribution brands are very important in this market, accounting for 71.3% of all sales in volume and 63.4% in value. The first Marquist offer registers a respective percentage of 6% and 6.6%, the second is 4.6% and 5%, the third is 3.3% and 6.3% and The fourth is only 1.3% in volume and 1% in value.
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Montse Gonzalez