Figures released last week show that exports of Scottish salmon grew by £50 million last year, reaching £500 million for the first time ever.
This announcement comes as Scotland’s salmon farmers head for the Seafood Global Expo, the world’s largest seafood exhibition held in Brussels, to bring back more business, leading to jobs and continued investment for communities across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Scottish salmon is Scotland’s number one food export, and for the first time last year, it became the United Kingdom’s biggest food export. Production of Scottish salmon was in excess of 160,000 tonnes and it was enjoyed in over 65 countries.
The USA remained top export destination with sales growing to almost £215 million. This was followed by France which added an extra 55% in volume, increasing sales to £110 million. China, an important emerging market, continued to return amazing growth from virtually nothing in 2011 to reach almost £65 million, with an extra 40% in volume last year.