Salmon farmer wins ‘ex­cel­lence’ award for ex­port

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SCOT­TISH Sea Farms won the cov­eted Ex­port Busi­ness of theYear award in the Scot­tish Food & Drink Ex­cel­lence Awards, held in Ed­in­burgh in May.

The com­pany beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from fel­low in­dus­try fi­nal­ists, the Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany and Loch Fyne Oys­ters, as well as from ice cream maker Mackie’s of Scot­land.

Scot­tish Sea Farms’ ex­ports were worth £91 mil­lion last year and the com­pany now sells salmon to 24 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. It also has the con­tract to sup­ply Marks & Spencer in the do­mes­tic mar­ket.

The com­pany’s ex­port sales man­ager, Ce­line Kimpflin, said:‘This is a hugely proud mo­ment, not just for the ex­port team but for ev­ery­one at Scot­tish Sea Farms: from all those work­ing hard out on the farms, through to our qual­ity, pro­cess­ing and sup­ply teams, and the many other de­part­ments that all play a part in de­liv­er­ing a pre­mium qual­ity prod­uct be­fit­ting of its Scot­tish prove­nance. It re­ally is a true team ef­fort.’

The awards, held at the Corn Ex­change in Ed­in­burgh, were at­tended by Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter, Ni­cola Stur­geon, who con­grat­u­lated all the fi­nal­ists, in a to­tal of 18 cat­e­gories.

Stur­geon paid trib­ute to the food and drink in­dus­try’s ‘ex­cel­lence and suc­cess’ and also pre­sented a post­hu­mous award for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Scot­land’s Food and Drink to the late chef,An­drew Fair­lie.

This year’s awards at­tracted record en­tries, said James Withers, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Food & Drink Scot­land, and 800 peo­ple turned up for the awards night, hosted by restau­rant critic Jay Rayner.

Above: James Grant, and team, with the award

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