Salmon farmers support Scottish sales push in States
Three Scottish salmon producers were among 10 seafood companies from Scotland that took part in North America’s largest seafood trade show over the past three days.
Loch Duart, Organic Sea Harvest, and Wester Ross Salmon exhibited within a Scottish pavilion organised by trade marketing body Seafood Scotland. Larger salmon farmers such as Mowi had separate stands.
The pavilion at Seafood Expo North America (SENA), Boston, is Seafood Scotland’s largest global project. The event entailed months of work from Seafood Scotland in recruiting businesses to attend and setting up and hosting the Seafood from Scotland pavilion, alongside offsite activity including a reception at the Legal Harborside venue in Boston yesterday.
Adam Wing, Seafood Scotland’s head of trade marketing for UK, Americas and new markets, said: “SENA gives us an unmissable opportunity to showcase Scottish seafood to buyers, media and key industry leaders at this renowned event.
“We know the buyers, and we understand the market and the commercial opportunities in North America. Our team brought buyers together with Scottish companies to help open the door for new contracts and routes to market.
“With buyers attending from across import, export, hospitality and retail sectors, it allowed us to showcase world-class seafood from across Scotland.
“We saw an uptick in seafood exports from the UK to the US in 2021 according to official data, with over £200m heading stateside – most of which was Scottish salmon. More and more companies are coming to us for support to enter the market with recent trade wins coming for live shellfish and value-added seafood products.
“We’ve also seen positive demand for Scottish langoustines owing partly to the work of the Scottish Nephrops Working Group which is administered by Seafood Scotland and led by my colleague, Matthew Hurst.”
Alongside salmon farmers and the Seafood Scotland team, which included chief executive Donna Fordyce and Hurst, the Scottish pavilion hosted Lunar Fishing & Freezing; MacNeil Shellfish; Scottish Langoustines; Scottish Seas; Scot West Shellfish; Skipness Smokehouse; and Thistle Seafoods.