Seafood Expo Global opens this week, with nineteen companies exhibiting on the Scottish Pavilion at the world’s largest seafood show (Tuesday 6th May – Thursday 8th May).  

At the heart of the Scottish Pavilion, Seafood Scotland is once again hosting a seafood bar.   This offers a B2B environment where companies can meet customers, enjoy a tasty seafood platter prepared by a team of top Scottish chefs, learn more about the wider industry, and share ideas with the international seafood community.    2013 ESE BRUSSELS 049

“Scottish seafood has a key role to play in leading sustainable economic growth in the food and drink sector, and we anticipate a lot of interest from overseas buyers in the top quality seafood our chefs will be sampling,” said Graham Young, head of Seafood Scotland.  “We will also have experts available on fisheries, aquaculture, business development and marketing, to assist companies, and field sales enquiries.” 

Scottish seafood exports represent a major proportion of overall food and drink exports.   Scottish vessels account for approximately 66% of the UK fleet, land roughly 70% of the UK catch, and capture the bulk of the world's langoustine supplies.  Scotland is also the world's third largest producer of farmed salmon, exporting to more than 60 international markets.

This year Seafood Scotland is sponsoring a learning journey to the Expo for twelve young fishermen.   They will benefit from a presentation on the global seafood market, a briefing from a major UK retailer, and accompanied visits to several national pavilions to learn about other countries’ seafood industries.  The BBC country affairs programme Landward is following the fishermen on their trip, for a ‘seafood special’ to be broadcast next month.

“These young fishermen have never visited the Seafood Expo before, and are looking forward to learning what the wider seafood business is all about, explained Graham Young.  “They represent the pelagic, whitefish and inshore fishing sectors, and come from all around the Scottish coast.  We want to show them that their competition really is global, and that seafood quality is one of the most important marketing tools.”

More than 25,000 seafood buyers attend the Expo, along with exhibitors from 75 countries.  The Scottish Pavilion, organised by Scottish Development International, is one of the most popular and busy venues.  In 2013, Scottish exhibitors reported additional international turnover for the next three years of just over £60 million, as a direct result of attending the Expo.   This is a 50% increase on the previous year, when additional sales of £40 million were reported. 

Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, who will visit the show, said: 

“The Seafood Expo is a great opportunity for Scottish companies to showcase their fabulous produce and boost exports by gaining access to new markets, which are the key theme of the Scottish Seafood Plan I launched in March.  This year representatives from our premium inshore sector and active fishermen will be attending.  I am really pleased that so many fishermen are coming to Brussels this year and I appreciate them taking the time away from sea to attend events like this. This is a great opportunity to learn and see more about the wider seafood industry and I look forward to meeting with them. 




Notes to editors:

  1.        The European Union is the world’s largest seafood market, followed by the United States and Japan.  The Scottish Government and Scotland Food & Drink have identified the food and drink sectors as key economic areas for development, especially in the export market.  The target is to grow the food and drink sector to £16.5bn by 2017, with an export target of £7.1bn.
  2.        Seafood Expo Global is the world’s largest seafood trade fair, featuring the stands of more than 1600 exhibiting companies from 75 countries and attracting 25,000 buyers from 145 countries
  3.        The 19 companies exhibiting in the Scottish Pavilion are:
  4.        There is also significant additional representation from the Scottish seafood sector outside of the Scottish Pavilion.



Caley Fisheries Ltd  

J.K. Thomson  

Whitelink Seafoods

Nolan Seafood (UK) Ltd

Joseph Robertson Ltd



Scotprime Seafoods Ltd

Burgons (Eyemouth) Ltd

Associated Seafood


Pelagic Fish:

International Fish Canners

Nor-Sea Foods

Lunar Freezing and Cold Storage Company Limited


Salmon and trout:

Brown Food Group (Lions Speciality)


Hebridean Smokehouse

Meridian Salmon

Scottish Quality Salmon

Scottish Seafarms

St James’ Smokehouse

The Scottish Salmon Company


  1.        The 12 fishermen visiting the Brussels Seafood Expo Global are:

Clyde: Matthew Ramsay, Guiding Star

Isle of Skye: Alistair Philip, Nemesis

Mallaig: Paul Robertson, Zenith; William John Maclean, Caralisa

Oban: Lachlan Robertson, Reul A' Chuain

Peterhead/Fraserburgh: Adam Wiseman, Kings Cross; Adam Tait, Rebecca; Ronald Begrie, Ocean Bounty; Brian Stephen, Ocean Harvest; Mark Addison, Benarkle; James Willox, Maddie Marie

Pitenweem:  William Wood, Launch Out


 For further information please contact:

Nicki Holmyard, Seafood Scotland, +44 7711 272637

Chris Nabney, Scottish Government, +44 131 244 2018

SDI/Scottish Enterprise press office, +44 141 228 2019



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