Overseas sales of Scottish salmon rose by 36 percent in 2021, growing to £614 million (€716.8 million), just shy of the record £618 million (€721.4 million) achieved in 2019.
A report by the Food and Drink Federation showed Scotland’s economic recovery was largely driven by strong growth in exports of drinks and seafood products, which together accounted for £5.2 billion (€6.1 billion) of total Scottish exports.
“There is soaring demand for our unrivalled farm-raised Scottish salmon, with exports recovering to near record-levels,” Tavish Scott, chief executive of Salmon Scotland said.
“The incredibly encouraging export figures demonstrate the resilience of our industry and are testament to the hard work and dedication of farmers during the Covid pandemic,” Scott added.
With the Scottish salmon sector directly employing 2,500 people in the region and supporting 3,600 suppliers, Scott described farm-raised Scottish salmon as a “global success story” that “puts one of the healthiest products we can eat on people’s plates.”