Chinese new year boosts demand for Ecuadorian shrimp

6 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

QUITO: Demand for premium Ecuadorian shrimp has surged as China prepares to celebrate the New Year starting Tuesday with sumptuous family feasts.

Ecuador's shrimp exports jumped 35 percent between November and December, driven by increased demand from China, the president of the National Aquaculture Chamber (CNA), Jose Antonio Camposano, told Xinhua, reports Xinhua.

"China has become a net shrimp importer," said Camposano, adding that "its appetite for shrimp has made Ecuadorian companies pay a lot of attention to the Chinese market."

China does not only represents a vast consumer market of some 1.4 billion people, it also has "a strong tradition of consuming shrimp," he noted.