UAE gets a taste for Scottish salmon
Post by John Chappels
on 22 February 2012 in Food & Drink
New figures have revealed that people in the Middle East have developed a serious love of Scottish salmon.
Data released this week has highlighted a 41.5 per cent increase in Scottish salmon exports to the region last year. The total value of the fish sent to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rose from £7.8m in 2010 to more than £11m last year.
The region has become increasingly important for Scotland's food and drink export businesses, after being identified in 2010 as the second fastest-growing market for the country's produce.
According to the country's food and drink secretary Richard Lochead, demand in the UAE for all things Scottish will continue to grow.
Speaking at an industry exhibition earlier today, he said: "The rocketing figures out today for the Middle East show the region is a key target market with huge potential value to the Scottish food and beverage industry which we are only just beginning to tap in to."
At the end of last year, figures from the Scotch Whisky Association revealed that exports of the drink increased by 23 per cent during the first nine months of 2011, again highlighting the importance of international markets to Scotland's economy.