Sales of Norwegian seafood exports are going swimmingly. As 2013 got off to a better start than last year, British food outlets are also doing well.
The 15 percent year-on-year increase was a record for January, according to Norway’s Seafood Council.
Last month’s sales were about EUR 644.81 million (NOK 4.8 billion), up roughly EUR 85.44 million (NOK 636 million).
“January’s increase was primarily due to an increase in salmon exports of salmon. Strong demand meant Norwegian salmon producers exported more salmon and at higher prices than the same time last year,” says the Council’s Egil Ove Sundheim in a statement.”
“In addition, we see that low cod prices led to increased export volumes of cod products,” he adds.
Some EUR 376.38 (NOK 2.8 billion) of salmon exports departed Norway last month. Fresh whole salmon prices increased from EUR 3.47 (NOK 25.83) per kilo to EUR 4.66 (NOK 34.66).
France, Poland, and Russia devour the most salmon, the Council declares.
January was also good news for trout exporters, especially to Russia. These were up 101 percent in January, bringing in some EUR 27.29 million (NOK 203 million), total.
Brazil’s appetite for salted cod (‘klippfisk’ in Norwegian) brought in about EUR 33.61 million (NOK 250 million) of January’s exports of this fish type. This totalled roughly EUR 55.66 million (NOK 414 million), a 22 percent increase.
Portugal also imported more, equalling roughly EUR 10.35 million (NOK 77 million).
The Seafood Council also reports that Norway delivers 20 percent of the UK’s fish for the country’s some 11,000 fish and chip outlets. This led to one fish and chip shop winning a prestigious prize.
Whilst National Federation of Fish Fryers’ (NFFF) Fish & Chip Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award-winner ‘The Chippy’, based in Northern Ireland’s Antrim, and runner-up ‘Platten’s Fish and Chips’ in Norfolk’s Wells-Next-the-Sea – near the Statoil/Statkraft Sheringham Shoal wind farm facility could celebrate, the news was even better for Calum Richardson.
He owns ‘The Bay’, located in Scotland’s Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, and won the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award.
Mr Richardson received his prize at last week’s award event at London’s Lancaster Hotel, handed to him by Kristine Gramstad, Norway's Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.
“It's a pleasure to have the honour of presenting this award. Norway supplies outstanding raw materials to the global market, and it's great to see that Norwegian fish is so much in demand on the British market and included in such a typically British dish as fish and chips,” she said in a statement.
Some 600 guests attended the event.
“This is without doubt one of our biggest achievements to date and is a great opportunity for the business to grow. It is not without the hard work from all the staff, not to mention the support and loyalty shown by our customers and suppliers which have helped us win this award,” publication The Scotsman reported Mr Richardson as saying.