Since the last couple of months, the availability of Octopus is getting worse. Traditionally there are coming from African countries as Morocco and Mauritania the products of the best quality, enormously requested in Southern Europe as in Japan. At this time, there is a big shortage and a huge demand worldwide.
From Asia we normally import from Indonesia and the Philippines. These are definitely good alternatives for Africa, though the quality is not as good. Also from these countries are much lower volumes available, which brings a nice challenge.
Through our colleagues in Spain (an Octopus market par excellence of course) we always find solutions for our customers, but the situation becomes daily more complex because the stocks decreases and the demand will increase with the upcoming summer season.