Farmed salmon is the largest food export from Scotland, accounting for around 40% of total value. In 2014 and 2017 it also topped the list of UK food exports. Ex UK markets were worth over £500M in 2018, underpinning salmon’s increasing importance to the domestic economy.
The export trade has been built solidly on the concept of Scottish provenance, along with the quality and flavour of the fish. In 2018, UK exports of whole, fresh salmon totalled 76,000 tonnes heading to over 50 different countries.
France was the top market for Scottish salmon in 2018 with a value of £168 million, followed by the USA at £139M. The Far East is an increasingly important destination, the value of salmon exports to China having risen from virtually zero in 2009 to nearly £68M million in 2018, placing it third in the salmon export table.
Scotland is blessed with an outstanding natural larder, and these figures highlight the increasing global appetite for the premium and sustainable salmon and seafood produced in our pristine waters.