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Willem van der Pijl
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Are you in need of a better understanding of the shrimp industry? Looking for specific industry data analysis services or new contacts? With ten years of experience and many satisfied clients, I might be able to help you out. Read more

“I really appreciate Willem’s professional approach. His deep knowledge of the aquaculture business is a real asset!”
Johan Brouwer, COO, Seafood Connection (Maruha Nichiro)

With these reports, I aim to inspire you to look beyond the obvious and to gain a deeper understanding of the shrimp industry. These reports are written in such a way that they are attractive and accessible for a broad audience. The reports will be publicly available. I aim to publish two reports per year.

The shrimp industry is fascinating. It is a fragmented industry, largely driven by family-owned companies and hundreds of thousands of farmers around the world. More recently, corporate players, banks, investment funds, and start-ups have entered the arena and started to change the structure and dynamics of the industry. There is one thing that all these people have in common: passion for the shrimp industry. I would like to match your passion with my blog. Once a month, I will write about a topic that fascinates me.

Pivotal times for the world’s two largest shrimp export nations Ecuador and India

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The world’s two major shrimp exporters—Ecuador and India—have, since 2010, enjoyed a decade or so of rapid business expansion and decent profit margins. But today they’re facing a different reality: oversupply and spiraling prices. Due to massive shrimp production and exports on the one hand and stagnating imports and consumption on the other, prices at the end of 2022 spiraled downwards. And it’s becoming clearer day by day that we’re in the midst of a pivotal period that will shape the future trajectories of the two largest shrimp export nations.

Indian Shrimp Farmers In Crisis—but How Deep?

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It’s 100% clear that Indian shrimp farmers are in crisis mode, confronted with extraordinary low farm gate prices and high input costs. Their margins, if any still exist, have been squeezed. However, I’m not convinced that this will result in a 20%, or, as some media reported, even 30% production drop for calendar year 2022. Looking further ahead, as broodstock imports and shrimp exports have plummeted in October and November, such a decrease may happen in the first quarter of 2023.

The Global Shrimp Feed Manufacturing Landscape. A Helicopter Overview.

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While we’re always quick to say that the shrimp industry is very fragmented, the feed segment differs from other segments of the value chain. In countries like Ecuador and Vietnam, the shrimp feed manufacturing segment is already very much consolidated and on its way to consolidate even further over the next couple of years. Other countries are likely to follow the same path. As consolidation increases, a relatively small number of global and regional players from Europe, the US, and Asia is slowly strengthening its grip on the industry as a whole.

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Whether it is with a power point deck, well-written report, presentation, pressure cook session, or more long-term strategic advisory, I would love to support you to improve the performance of your activities in the shrimp industry. 



Looking for new contacts in the industry? I am a natural matchmaker and can couple you to buyers, suppliers, investors, or knowledge partners. With my global network I will support you to find your next business partner.

market research

Market research and market entry strategy

Are you in need of an in-depth understanding of the shrimp industry as a whole or in a specific segment or country? And do you need support to develop your market entry strategy? I can help you out.

data analysis

Structural or ad-hoc data analysis

You need to know what is going on and therefore you need continuous access to and analysis of industry data. I know where to find a wide range of data types, including production and trade data, and can help you to interpret the data for your purposes.

boardroom advisory

Boardroom advisory services

When making your plans and decisions, it is key to have a thorough understanding of the latest status and dynamics of the industry. Only then, you can make the right assumptions and projections to guide your decisions. I can support your strategic decision making processes.

public speaking

Public speaking

Do you need an inspirational speaker who can update your audience on the latest developments in the shrimp industry? Whether it is a presentation of the latest EU shrimp import trends, or a presentation of the status of the shrimp industry in Myanmar, I am happy to engage your audience  and provide  new insights into the topic of your interest. 

vanue chain analysis

Value-chain analysis and project design

When you are considering setting up an aquaculture improvement program or making an investment in the shrimp industry in a particular country, you need to understand the value-chain structure and dynamics. With my thorough approach, I can support you to analyse the value-chain and identify interventions that will make your programs or investments successful.