Scottish salmon was represented in the best of British food at a prestigious media breakfast earlier this week.
Held at London’s Good Housekeeping Institute, the occasion launched the ‘Year of British Food’, a series of events hosted by DEFRA to increase public awareness of Scottish salmon’s Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and other products with Protected Food Names (PFNs).
A special menu was devised to showcase Scottish salmon, provided by Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, alongside many other quality foods for guests including Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss MP, who opened the event.
Representing the industry at the event, Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“The salmon industry was delighted to join the best of British food producers at this high profile launch. The popularity of Scottish salmon has grown significantly over the past few years, and I’m proud to say it has been Scotland’s number one food export for some time now, with an export value of £386m in 2015. It was voted ‘best farmed salmon in the world’ for a second consecutive time in 2014.
“These are real accolades for Scotland.
It’s putting Scottish food and its producers firmly on the international map – and more importantly, it recognises the hard work and dedication of the 2500 individuals who work for the salmon farming industry in Scotland.”
Scottish salmon received Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) in 2004. The EU awards PGI to a product which has a reputation, characteristics or qualities that are a result of the area with which it is associated.