More than double the number of Scotland’s top fish and seafood companies are set to join trade body Seafood Scotland at Seafood Expo North America in Boston next week.
Exhibitors at the 19-21 March event include Dawnfresh, one of the largest trout producers in Britain, the Scottish Salmon Company, which is responsible for around 20 per cent of all salmon production in Scotland, and WesterRoss, Scotland’s oldest independent, owner-operated salmon farm.
Clare MacDougall, trade marketing manager at Seafood Scotland, said: “The Scottish industry’s interest in the American market has spiked over the last year and it is pleasing to see trade shows such as the prestigious Seafood Expo in Boston being increasingly valued for their potential to establish new trade relationships between the UK and America.
“The US is now Scotland’s largest market for combined food and drink export and remains the biggest Scottish salmon customer overseas with sales worth £155m in 2016. Therefore this export trade is crucial particularly for the Scottish seafood industry.
“Our ongoing mission is to inspire international audiences with Scottish produce, by allowing them to engage with the suppliers and producers of Scottish seafood, learning about and tasting the different species we have to offer.”
Susan Beattie, head of food & drink at Scottish Development International, said: “It’s great to see an even stronger delegation of companies attending the show this year, showcasing their fantastic range of products to an influential international audience.
“North America is one of the top prospect markets identified in the Scotland Food & Drink Export Plan and we are working with Seafood Scotland to help companies make the most of this opportunity – providing market insights and making connections with potential buyers through our team of in-market specialists.”
Published: 15/03/2017 at 3:05 pm