Farmed salmon is the largest food export from Scotland, accounting for around 40% of total value. In 2014 it also topped the list of UK food exports. Ex UK markets are currently worth nearly £400m per annum, 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 2015, UK exports of whole, fresh salmon totalled 83,500tonnes heading to over 50different countries.
USA is the top market for Scottish salmon, having overtaken second-place France in 2009. 30,000 tonnes of salmon headed to the USA in 2015, with a value of £160million. The Far East is an increasingly important destination, the value of salmon exports to China having risen from virtually zero in 2009 to nearly £54 million in 2015, placing it third in the salmon export table.
In 2009, Scotland Food and Drink set an export target of £5bn for 2017. This aim was achieved in 2011 and a new target of over £7bn is now the objective. Scottish salmon will play a vital role in reaching this target.
Scotland is blessed with an outstanding natural larder, and these latest figures highlight the increasing global appetite for the premium and sustainable salmon and seafood produced in our pristine waters.