In 1992, Scottish salmon was the first fish and first non-French product to be awarded the Label Rouge quality mark, the official endorsement by the French authorities of the superior quality of a food or farmed product, particularly with regard to taste.
Did you know that as well as being the UK shoppers' fish of choice, Scottish salmon is also popular with people across the globe? In numerous taste tests and polls of international seafood buyers it has also been voted the world's best.
Scottish salmon is both Scotland's and the UK's largest food export, ahead of even cheese and chocolate. Global demand for this high quality product continues to grow and in 2019 a record 94,300 tonnes was exported to 54 countries, an increase of 26 per cent on 2018 figures.
Scottish salmon is one of rural Scotland's great success stories, offering higher than average wages and opportunities for people to build lifelong careers.
Scotland's seven major salmon producers directly employ over 2,300 people. Many of those employees, around 1,500, live in remote areas where they form the mainstays of local communities.
Scottish salmon exports hit a record high in 2019 according to official statistics released by the UK Government HMRC.
With a value of £618 million, sales of Scottish salmon overseas increased by 22 per cent in 2019 over the year before. The tonnage exported also increased by 26 per cent to over 94,000 tonnes.