Scottish salmon is exported to 55 countries around the world. (Photo:Stock File)
Salmon exports rocketed by 24 pct in 2009
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 15:30 (GMT + 9)
Over 13 million fresh Scottish salmon were exported last year - an increase of 24 per cent when compared with 2008, said the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO).
Exports of fresh salmon jumped to 65,480 tonnes from 52,671 tonnes in the previous year. Scottish salmon is currently exported to 55 countries across the globe.
Europe remains the industry's biggest export market, with France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Irish Republic as significant importers. Elsewhere in the world, the main destinations are the US, Canada and the Far East.
Due to persistently high demand overseas, an increasing appetite for healthy foods and a forecast that the global market for salmon will have an undersupply of 190,000 tonnes this year -- the equivalent of one and half times the size of the Scottish salmon industry -- the sector expects to have a beneficial year in terms of market demand.
Salmon exports, worth GBP 220 million (EUR 242.5 million), account for over 55 per cent of Scotland's total food exports, yielding a total of GBP 400 million (EUR 440.9 million). The strong export trade has been built solidly on Scottish provenance, the product's PGI status awarded by the European Commission (EC) and premium taste, quality and character.
"Salmon is the largest food export from Scotland. It has established a substantial overseas market, worth over GBP 220 million (EUR 242.5 million) per annum. It currently accounts for 55 per cent of the total value of food exports from Scotland, underpinning its increasing importance to the domestic economy,” Scott Landsburgh, Chief Executive of SSPO, said.
"Salmon is a high growth sector in the food industry. With demand for Scottish salmon continuing to be extremely high overseas, export markets offer further opportunity for market expansion," he added.
As part of its policy to increase sustainable economic growth, the Scottish Government has chosen the food and drink sectors as key economic areas for development. The target is to increase the value of these sectors from GBP 7.5 billion (EUR 8.3 billion) to GBP 12.5 billion (EUR 13.8 billion) by 2017.
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By Natalia Real