Le marché français des coquilles Saint Jacques

Coquilles St Jacques et autres pectinidés en France : produits et performances en 2015

Dwindling demand

The French are among world’s largest consumers, with over 2 kg whole weight equivalent consumed per annum per capita. Thus, the demand has shown signs of weaknesses in the past few years. The new report published by seafood marketing expert Marie Christine Monfort goes deep into the French retail market for scallops and reveals its dynamics and potential. It shows how this mature market is adapting to the shrinking purchasing power of the French. This report is an up-date of the 2011 edition.

The total retail market for scallop based products is estimated at 230/250 million euros in 2014, showing a decline compared to the top year of 2009 which peaked at 280/300 million euros.

The Storecheck

The points of sales of the following retail chains were visited in the period from May to October 2015. Aldi, Auchan, Carrefour, Casino, Grand Frais, Intermarché, Leader price, Leclerc, Lidl, Picard and System U.

If the supply of shucked meat, chilled and frozen has dropped compared to 2011, interesting developments have been observed on the segment of value added products, with new recipes, new packaging.

New Species

France is open to all Pecten species. The document indicates the presence of four species that were not reported in our 2011 observations: Amusium pleuronectes from Vietnam or Indonesia, V Argopecten gibbus from the USA, Chlamys albidus from Russia, and Annachlamys macassarensis from Vietnam.

Species on the market



Amusium pleuronectes

Vietnam, Indonesia


Annachlamys macassarensis



Argopecten circularis

Mexico, USA


Argopecten gibbus



Argopecten iradians



Argopecten purpuratus

Chile, Peru


Chlamys albidus



Chlamys islandica



Chlamys nobilis



Chlamys opercularis

Faroe Islands, Isle of Man, Scotland, Ireland, England, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada


Zygochlamys patagonica

Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Brazil



A large number of scallops’ processors

When the demand for shucked meat, chilled or frozen has shown signs of decline, the supply for value added products, incorporating scallop meat from less than 10% to over 80% has increased. These products are processed into small to medium scale companies offering diverse profile: some are scallops specialists; others deal with seafood, when a few, the largest ones are multi proteins generalists. Out of the 22 companies identified, all are based in France and all process scallops from imported origin. Their names are provided in the report.

The report and the 200 products’ storecheck are designed for ensuring scallops’ exporters, traders and processors to grab rapidly a precise picture of today retail market for scallops and scallops based products sold in France.