Scottish salmon exports to US to reach £200m

Scottish farmed salmon sales to the United States are set to hit GBP 200 million (USD 334.2 million, EUR 239.5 million) in 2014, a record for Scottish aquaculture, according to the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organization.

Figures from 2013 indicate sales values nearly hit that mark, up 30 percent from the GBP 155 million (USD 103.8 million, EUR 74.4 million) recorded in 2012.

"This is a great jump in our performance, but it should just be the start as we plan to invest in long term sustainable production to supply the demand for salmon and this will mean more jobs on the farms and in the food processing industry of Scotland," said Jim Gallagher, managing director of Scottish Sea Farms. "We look forward to a strong, sustainable future."

The United States is the leading destination for exported farmed Scottish salmon for the fourth year in a row this year, according to the organization.

"The US market recognizes top quality in fresh food," said Anne MacColl, chief executive of Scottish Development International, the international arm of Scotland's enterprise agencies. "This segment of the market demands the highest standards, and as Scotland is renowned for premium, health enhancing products, the US is an excellent place for our salmon companies to expand their International reach."

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