Surging sales of salmon are firmly behind record UK food and drink exports, according to the Food and Drink Federation.
In newly released first quarter data published by HM Customs and Excise, salmon exports grew in value to £186.7m and rose by 13% in volume, boosting overall British food and drink exports by 8.3% to £4.9bn.
This is the largest first quarter ever recorded for food and drink exports.
This leap in sales means that salmon has also regained its title as the UK’s biggest food export, overtaking chocolate in the first three months of the year.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“Rising global demand and a reputation for high quality has hooked international markets on our premium fish. Our industry is thriving and its success is being enjoyed all over the UK, which is a real pat on the back for the farmers who do their very best to produce fish we can be proud of”.