Scottish salmon consumption grows by nearly 8% in the UK

Sales of Scottish salmon in the UK soared to £1.1bn in 2021, as consumers increased their consumption of fish.

Demand last year saw fresh, chilled salmon retail sales rise by 4.9% from £1,047m in 2020, with volumes consumed up 7.8% to 63,300 tonnes, up from 58,700 tonnes, according to trade body Salmon Scotland.

The new report shows the total volume of Scottish salmon sold abroad was 97,835 tonnes in 2021 – a 36% increase year-on-year.

This included strong recoveries in mature markets such as France and the USA, but also high growth in China and Singapore.

Analysis has also confirmed that Scottish salmon remained the UK’s biggest food export, followed by bread and pastries, chocolate, cereals, and cheese.

Salmon Scotland Chief Executive Tavish Scott said: “The rise in consumption here in the UK shows that more consumers recognise the health values and unrivalled quality of Scottish salmon, with year-on-year improvements to the way producers are rearing and feeding their stock which meet the highest welfare standards.

“Our industry is also a global success story, with Scottish salmon comfortably the UK’s biggest food export.”

 

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