Did you know that Scotland exports our famous Scottish Salmon to 60 countries every year? In fact, there is a real taste for our salmon in China, which is the third most important export market for fresh Scottish Salmon.
Scotland is one of the largest seafood producers in Europe, and the third largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the world. In fact, Scottish Salmon was the first foreign product to gain France’s prestigious ‘Label Rouge’ quality mark. What’s more, over two-thirds of the world’s langoustines are sourced in Scotland. Meanwhile, acclaimed chefs across the word import prized Scottish beef and lamb to serve at their restaurant tables.
We also export 40 bottles of whisky every second (yes, that’s every second!). Sold in around 200 markets worldwide, whisky accounts for 80% of Scotland’s food and drink export market. China is one of the fastest growing markets for our Scotch Whisky, which received Geographical Indication of Origin status in China in 2010, protecting it against counterfeit products.
However, food and drink isn’t our only strong point. Almost two-thirds of Scotland’s total exports fit into one of the five sectors below:
• Food & drink
• Business services
• Electronics and instrument engineering
• Mechanical engineering
Exports from Scotland to China recently hit their highest level at £580 million – an increase of 118% over a 5 year period.
On top of this, Scotland also exports textiles to more than 150 countries worldwide. Scotland’s cashmere and tweeds are thought to be among the finest in the world so it’s no wonder some of the fashion industry’s top brands source their fabrics here. Scotland’s has an enviable client list which includes leading fashion houses Chanel, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Prada. In fact, Chanel showed so much belief in our quality that in 2012 the brand purchased Scottish wool supplier, Barrie Knitwear.