Scot­tish salmon ex­ports down 20 per cent

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SCOT­TISH salmon ex­ports were down by 20.1 per cent in the first nine months of 2018, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Food and Drink Fed­er­a­tion (FDF) in De­cem­ber.

While food and drink ex­ports in­creased by 1.8 per cent to £16.4 bil­lion from Jan­uary to Sep­tem­ber 2018, when com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017, salmon saw a drop of 16,600 tonnes, equiv­a­lent to £94.3 mil­lion.

All of the top 10 ex­port prod­ucts re­ported growth in Jan­uary to Sep­tem­ber, apart from beer and salmon.

The de­cline was pri­mar­ily a re­sult of a fall in sales to France (-19 per cent) and the US (-36.2 per cent).

Although Scot­land recorded record pro­duc­tion fig­ures in 2017 of 189,707 tonnes, there has been a de­crease in har­vest vol­umes this year, and the to­tal pro­duc­tion for 2018 is ex­pected to to­tal 151,000 tonnes.

Ian Wright, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Food and Drink Fed­er­a­tion, said: ‘De­spite the tu­mul­tuous times, UK food and drink ex­ports con­tinue to grow.

‘These re­sults record a very cred­itable per­for­mance across many prod­uct cat­e­gories and des­ti­na­tion mar­kets.

‘How­ever, it is clear that busi­nesses must work ever harder to de­liver. Ac­cess to high qual­ity mar­ket in­sight, ad­vice and prac­ti­cal sup­port is in­creas­ingly vi­tal for suc­cess.’

He added that the FDF is col­lab­o­rat­ing with gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to ‘take on our ri­vals in the highly com­pet­i­tive global food mar­ket­place’.

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