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Sales of squid triple as calamari becomes barbecue hit of summer

Cookwork Perspective: Barbecued squid is growing in popularity in the UK.  It is easy to cook and has nutritional benefits - a double benefit.

Sales of squid triple as calamari becomes barbecue hit of summer

Sales of squid have tripled in recent months due to the growing popularity of Mediterranean food and the rise of the Dukan diet, as calamari looks set to become the barbecue hit of the summer.

Supermarkets say that the ease of cooking squid – which is ready to eat after as little as a minute on a hot grill – is another reason behind the surge in demand.

Waitrose, the retail chain, said that sales of whole imported squid have risen by 230 per cent in recent months compared to last year. Sales of squid tubes, which are the 'pouches' of the squid without the legs, have risen by 75 per cent.

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