Journalist and broadcaster Nicola McAlley, left, who hosted the awards ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, presents Bakkafrost Group chairman Rúni Hansen and Bakkafrost Scotland marketing chief Su Cox with the company’s prize.

Salmon farmer nets Highlands award for export prowess


Salmon farmer Bakkafrost Scotland has won the Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business at the prestigious annual Highlands and Islands Awards presented by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

The award celebrates businesses working in the Highlands and Islands that demonstrate outstanding achievements in the global marketplace.

Bakkafrost Scotland has a successful export strategy that underpins its growth and ability to innovate, as well as enabling it to break into new markets.

The Faroese-owned company exports to around 26 countries, ranging from North America to the Far East.

Bakkafrost Scotland’s export strategy aims to create long-term partnerships and the company works with specialist retailers, leading chefs, premium restaurants, and high-end foodservice customers focused on provenance, traceability, quality and sustainability.


Bakkafrost Scotland managing director Ian Laister said: “We are passionate about our provenance and bringing the finest quality Scottish salmon to overseas markets.

“People across the globe enjoy our finest quality, sustainably produced Scottish salmon and winning this award recognises our commitment to quality, innovation and export growth.”

The SCDI presented 10 awards at its ceremony in Inverness.

One of the winners was Alasdair Ferguson, group managing director of Ferguson Transport & Shipping, which services the Scottish salmon industry among other things.

Ferguson received the Alvance Aluminium Award for Outstanding Business Leader.