Scottish salmon producers are heading to Brussels this week (25-27 April) to exhibit at Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood show, to strengthen international trade links and boost business opportunities for Scotland.
Farmers of the UK’s favourite fish, and Scotland’s number one food export, exported a staggering £451 million of Scottish salmon (75,000 tonnes) to nearly 60 countries last year, as a result of their international reputation as producers of the highest quality salmon.
Over the years, producers have broadened their market,providing domestic consumers with healthy, versatile and delicious food and trading with international buyers who seek out the best quality produce for their customers. The industry boasts the USA, France and China as its top three export markets, proving distance is no barrier when it comes to its appeal.
Scotland’s unique environment and sea lochs and the industry’s stringent farming standards have led to the premiumisation of Scottish salmon at home and abroad. They are responsible for Scottish salmon’s many honours, including the accolade of ‘best farmed salmon in the world’.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“Scottish salmon is a high-quality food with a well-established global fan base spanning many years and 60 countries. Despite a rise in market prices last year resulting from growing international demand for the UK’s favourite fish, and Scotland’s number one food export, consumer demand has remained unchanged. It’s clear that high quality produce and delicious taste remain firmly in demand.
“Back home in Scotland, the economic benefits of the industry are obvious to see. Multi-million pound investments in research and development and production facilities are regularly announced and farming practices are adapted to reflect the latest innovations. Markets are regularly reviewed and developed and jobs have evolved into skilled careers thanks to the professional training opportunities now in place. These are all essential to the sustainability of the industry”.
Seafood Expo Global in Brussels draws importers and traders from all over the world. This year, Seafood Expo Global 2017 will be attended by Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, Loch Duart Salmon, Scottish Quality Salmon, Scottish Seafarms, The Scottish Salmon Company, Wester Ross Salmon and Marine Harvest Scotland.