Salmon a huge booster for UK food ex­ports

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

BRI­TISH food ex­ports hit a new record dur­ing the first half of 2017 – thanks to an un­prece­dented de­mand for salmon.

Salmon ex­ports rose by more than 53 per cent to a value of £408 mil­lion, the Food and Drink Fed- er­a­tion an­nounced last month. Sales were also helped by the fall in the value of the pound.

The fed­er­a­tion said salmon was the sec­ond largest com­mod­ity ex­port after Scotch whisky. To­tal UK food and drink ex­ports dur­ing the first six months of this year in­creased by 8.5 per cent to £10.2 bil­lion.

Andy Bing, sales direc­tor of Loch Duart Salmon, told BBC News: ‘Bri­tish salmon is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar glob­ally. This half we’ve sold more than we ever have.’

The firm’s main ex­port mar­kets were France, the US, Italy, and Switzerland. UK salmon ex­ports have grown after Chilean pro­duc­ers suf­fered prob­lems in 2015 with al­gal blooms that killed a large amount of their fish, he said.

He re­mained op­ti­mistic about the even­tual post-Brexit trade deals that can be struck with EU coun­tries.

‘Europe needs lovely Scot­tish salmon just as we need lovely French wine and wonderful Ger­man cars,’ he said.

How­ever, he added that Loch Duart was ‘find­ing it dif­fi­cult to plan with­out bet­ter guid­ance’ from the gov­ern­ment about Brexit.

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