Middle East gets hooked on Scottish Salmon

By | Mar 3, 2011

The growing appetite for Scottish smoked salmon and other luxury produce from Scotland has created a surge in exports from Scotland to the Middle East.

One Scottish salmon exporter aims to treble its business to the region this year. With Chilean stocks affected by disease last year Scotland overtook the South American country to become the world’s second-biggest exporter of the fish.
Dr Lena Wilson, the chief executive of Scottish Development International is quoted as saying: “Luxury, quality and food safety is a big issue in terms of accreditation standards and expertise and there are opportunities for Scotland in this area. The country is looking to focus expansion on food as well as health care, education, engineering, renewable energy and wealth management.”

“We are putting a lot more efforts into the region as we see a lot of opportunities for growth,” said Brendan James Maher, the owner of St James Smokehouse, based in Annan, Dumfriesshire. The company hopes to increase its shipments to the region by over 200% in the next 12 months. It already exports to the UAE and Egypt and is hopeful of new contracts with suppliers of hotels in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Lebanon.

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