Seafood from Scotland is exported to over 100 countries with the USA being the largest market. From sea to plate, the industry is passionate about delivering the highest quality product, responsibly caught and carefully handled. Scottish seafood boasts an abundance of choice from wild caught cod, haddock and monkfish to creel caught shellfish and sustainably farm-reared salmon and trout. This is not to be out done by our many state of the art value added processing facilities, delivering product innovation and versatility that consistently delight the most discerning customers around the world.
Scottish salmon is the UK's largest food export. Global demand for this high quality product continues to grow and in 2019 a record 94,300 tonnes was exported to 54 countries, an increase of 26 per cent on 2018 figures. In numerous taste tests and polls of international seafood buyers it has been voted the world's best.
Whether hand gathered, cultivated, rope grown, hand dived or traditionally fished by creel – Scotland is home to some of the finest and freshest shellfish in the world. Our internationally renowned langoustine and award winning mussels are highly prized for their sweet flavour and versatility.
Scottish White Fish is caught in the North Sea and Westcoast of Scotland. From the succulent large white flakes of haddock & cod trough to hake and monkfish, Scotland’s premium whitefish is highly versatile and delicious. To ensure the quality of Scotland’s whitefish industry, the North East of Scotland is home to Europe’s largest whitefish market, The Peterhead Fish Market. The Market has AA BRC certification. This modern facility, which handles up to 10,000 boxes of fresh catch per day, ensures the best opportunity for preservation of quality during the fish market link in the supply chain.
With Scotland’s proximity to amazing quality seafood, it is no wonder that it is also home to state-of-the-art processing and value added manufacturing facilities, supplying premium control brand products worldwide. From Arbroath Smokies to Whisky smoked Scottish salmon, canned mackerel fillets and brisling sardines, a large variety of breaded, battered and marinated options are produced for foodservice and retail. Where tradition and trust meets modern production and innovation, Scotland’s processing industry knows how to work with Brand owners to develop products with a point of difference that will delight consumers.
Like what you see? We would be delighted to tell you more about the products available and to connect you directly with our Scottish producers. Scottish Development International have food and drink representatives based across North America, including Toronto, Boston and San Hose, to support trade activity for Scottish seafood. Please get in touch with our lead contact Lorraine Bruce Helmkay, VP Canada based in Toronto to have your questions answered.