18 Scots companies exhibit at Boston expo

Representatives from across Scotland’s seafood sector were in Boston earlier this month for the Seafood Expo North America (SENA).

Trade marketing body Seafood Scotland hosted 10 Scottish companies on its pavilion, with a further eight businesses also in attendance at the event.

Taking place from 12-14 March, the three-day show is North America’s largest seafood show and one of the biggest events in the seafood industry calendar, and brought together thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world.

Adam Wing, Seafood Scotland head of trade marketing for UK, Americas and new markets, said:
“SENA gives us an unmissable opportunity to showcase Scottish seafood to buyers, media and key industry leaders at this renowned event.

“We know the buyers, and we understand the market and the commercial opportunities in North America. Our team brought buyers together with Scottish companies to help open the door for new contracts and routes to market.”

He said that with buyers in attendance from across import, export, hospitality and retail sectors, the event ‘allowed us to showcase world-class seafood from across Scotland’.

“Our industry is passionate about delivering the highest- quality product, the perfect versatile choice for the world’s best chefs or the most discerning customers. An event like SENA helped us reinforce this message and ensure more buyers were aware of the quality produce available from Scotland.

“We saw an uptick in seafood exports from the UK to the USA in 2021 according to official data, with over £200m heading stateside – most of which was Scottish salmon.”

Adam Wing said that ‘more and more companies are coming to us for support to enter the market’, with recent trade wins coming for live shellfish and value-added seafood products.

“We’ve also seen positive demand for Scottish langoustines, owing partly to the work of the Scottish Nephrops Working Group, which is administered by Seafood Scotland and led by my colleague Matthew Hurst.”

Alongside the Seafood Scotland team, the pavilion hosted Loch Duart Salmon, Lunar Fishing & Freezing, MacNeil Shellfish, Organic Sea Harvest, Scottish Langoustines, Scottish Seas, Scot West Shellfish, Skipness Smokehouse, Thistle Seafoods and Wester Ross Salmon.

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