Scottish salmon in demand with sushi chain in Japan

CEO of Genki Sushi, Takashi Houshito sample Tartan Salmon with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop

SUPPLYING salmon to a Japanese sushi chain has boosted a Scottish company’s exports to the region by 25% in the last year.

External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop visited a branch of Genki Sushi in Tokyo, supplied by The Scottish Salmon Company, while on a visit to Japan to strengthen trade and investment links.

Ms Hyslop met executives to taste ‘Tartan Salmon’ as Mr Takashi Houshito, CEO of Genki Sushi, said the company was looking to continue to promote the delicacy in its restaurants.

Ms Hyslop said: “Japan is an important part of our international trade landscape and we are committed to supporting Japanese companies looking to connect with suppliers of our premium goods and services.

“Scotland’s reputation for quality extends across our entire food and drink sector. Along with salmon, our seafood fits well with the demands of discerning Japanese customers.”

Delicious and mouth-watering salmon from the shores of Scotland

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Japan and the Far East is a key market and demand for our salmon has helped drive a 25% increase in our exports over the past year.

“We expect this to increase as more consumers experience the great taste and provenance of our quality Tartan Salmon. The success of Genki Sushi’s showcase of Scottish salmon is testament to this.

“We take great pride in our Scottish heritage, and this is demonstrated through our commitment to bringing the finest quality Scottish salmon to worldwide markets.”

from loch to plate. The brand has been trademarked to represent Scottish excellence in Japan. Scotland is the world’s third largest producer of farmed Salmon, behind Norway and Chile, producing around 95 per cent of all EU-farmed salmon.

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