Seafood firms head east on back of soaring demand from Japan

Scottish seafood, langoustine

Growing appetite: Scottish seafood selling fast in Japan

Scottish seafood companies head to Japan this week hoping to build on an impressive growth in exports.

The delegation of 10 firms attending the Japan Seafood Expo 2019 is the largest yet, with two, JPL Shellfish and Associated Seafoods, making the trip for the first time.                        

They will be encouraged by a growing appetite for Scottish seafood from Japanese buyers after exports rose fourfold last year from 598 tonnes to over 2,630 tonnes.

Neil Greig, commercial director at Associated Seafoods, said: “We see Japan as a new and exciting opportunity for Associated Seafoods. We know the Japanese consumer values high quality seafood and we believe our authentic, premium Scottish smoked salmon is ideally placed to be well received by arguably the world’s most discerning seafood consumer.

“The support and guidance we have received from Seafood Scotland in the past in opening new markets has been invaluable and we see them playing an important role as we move forward in Japan.”

The Japan Seafood Expo 2019 will be attended by a host of important international trade buyers from trading companies, wholesalers, distributors, retail and the restaurant trade, who will be among the 35,000 visitors expected at the show. 

The Scottish contingent will showcase a wide range of Scottish species and techniques, such as Scottish smoked and fresh salmon, haddock, mackerel, herring, crab, lobster and langoustine. 

Natalie Bell, head of trade marketing Asia, Europe and Middle East at Seafood Scotland, commented: “Asia, and in particular Japan, is one of the largest consumers of seafood in the world. Their desire for Scottish seafood is on the increase, mirroring their appetite for high quality, sustainable and traceable products.

Attending the Japanese Seafood Expo 2019:

·       Hebridean Smokehouse

·       Denholm Seafoods

·       Lunar

·       Scottish Salmon Company

·       Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation

·       The Crab Company Scotland

·       Northbay Pelagic

·       Associated Seafoods

·       JPL Shellfish

·       Mowi

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