Salmon Exports Boom By 56%
13 November 2017, 14:10 | Updated: 13 November 2017, 14:11
An increase in salmon and whisky exports underlines the resilience of Scotland's food-and-drink industry, ministers have said.
Fresh Atlantic salmon worth £483 million was exported from the UK during the first three quarters of 2017, according to HMRC statistics.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the figure was a 56% increase on the same period during 2016.
During the same three-quarter period this year, Scotch whisky exports were worth more than £3 billion, representing an increase of 11% compared to the same period last year.
Mr Ewing said: "Scottish whisky and Scottish salmon are iconic products, representing everything that is great about Scottish produce.
"These figures reflect the strength and resilience of our food and drink industry, the potential it has to grow and highlights the importance of Scotland's continued access to the European single market.
"In the first three quarters of 2017, £483 million worth of fresh Atlantic salmon was exported from the UK, representing a 56% increase in value worth £172 million compared to the same period in 2016.
"In the first three quarters of 2017, Scotch whisky exports were worth over £3 billion, representing an increase of 11%, worth £297 million, compared to the same period in 2016.
"We will continue to work with industry to develop new and existing markets, and in line with Scotland's Food and Drink 2030 ambition, we will continue to focus on key markets, boost innovation, focus on skills and support local producers to release our ambitious plans to double the value of our industry to £30 billion."