Record month for Nor­we­gian salmon

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APRIL proved to be an­other out­stand­ing month for Nor­way’s salmon and trout farm­ers, with ex­ports con­tin­u­ing their relentless and im­pres­sive rise.

Thanks to strong global de­mand, sales of salmon hit a record at 86,000 tonnes and were worth NOK 6.2 bil­lion (£540 mil­lion), a volume rise of 17 per cent and an in­crease in value of NOK 995 mil­lion or 19 per cent.

These lat­est fig­ures bring to­tal salmon ex­ports so far this year to 333,000 tonnes worth al­most NOK 23 bil­lion (around £2 bil­lion).

Paul T. Aan­dahl, an­a­lyst at the Nor­we­gian Seafood Coun­cil, said Poland was the most im­por­tant ex­port mar­ket for Nor­we­gian salmon and also showed the largest growth last month.

This was due to higher do­mes­tic con­sump­tion and in­creased pro­cess­ing of frozen fil­lets and smoked salmon for on­ward ex­port, es­pe­cially to Ger­many.

In­grid K. Pet­tersen, his an­a­lyst col­league at the coun­cil, said Asia and the United States also showed strong de­mand, with a weaker kro­ner help­ing sales.

Farmed trout ex­ports are also pick­ing up, with sales last month ris­ing four per cent to 3,800 tonnes and worth NOK 275 mil­lion, a value in­crease of 14 per cent.

So far this year rev­enues from trout are up by 19 per cent and worth a to­tal of NOK 1 bil­lion. Aan­dahl said there had been ex­cep­tion­ally strong growth in smoked trout sales, which had risen by 145 per cent over the past 12 months.

To­tal Nor­we­gian seafood ex­ports hit 8.8 bil­lion kro­ner in April, a rise of NOK 892 mil­lion or nine per cent. Frozen cod per­formed par­tic­u­larly well.

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