Scottish seafood industry heads to US on trade mission

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The Crab Company, Loch Duart, Organic Sea Harvest, Scottish Langoustines, Scottish Seas, Thistle Seafoods and Wester Ross Salmon will be exhibiting at Seafood Expo North America (Sena) March 13-15, along with representatives from Seafood Scotland, to showcase top products high-end and durable in the country.

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The organization noted that this was the first time the event could take place since 2019, and Adam Wing, the new Trade Marketing Manager for Americas, UK and Emerging Markets for Seafood Scotland, noted that the US market imported Scottish seafood worth £63.7 million in 2020.

“We look forward to extending this even further over the next few days,” he said. “After a three-year hiatus, and given the challenges of this intervening period, it has been vital to ensure strong participation from Scottish industry, and we are delighted to be able to represent this so comprehensively.

It comes as new data released by Salmon Scotland, citing UK Government figures, revealed that Scottish salmon exports continued their post-Covid recovery with a year-on-year increase of 95% to 37 million pounds in January.

The farmed salmon sector directly employs 2,500 people in Scotland, the trade body said. Its managing director, Tavish Scott, said: ‘These export sales generate tremendous economic benefit for rural and coastal communities across Scotland, providing thousands of highly skilled, well-paying jobs.’

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The US market imported Scottish seafood worth £63.7million in 2020, it has been calculated. Photo: contribution.

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