The Hebrides and Sutherland based salmon farming business, Loch Duart, has been shortlisted as Exporter of the Year for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017. Loch Duart has built a worldwide reputation for producing extraordinary tasting salmon.
The UK wide food award, promoted as the industry benchmark of excellence for innovation, competitiveness and talent, sees Loch Duart competing with some of the country’s biggest and most valued food and drink brands.
Alban Denton, Managing Director of Loch Duart, said:
“To be shortlisted as Exporter of the Year in the Food and Drink Federation Awards means a lot to Loch Duart. We care deeply about how we farm our salmon and have an ambition to see Loch Duart on the menu at the world’s top restaurants and hotels. This nomination means that our strategy to grow exports has been recognised and that we are reaching markets and consumers across the globe. I’d like to thank all the team at Loch Duart whose focus on quality, innovation and fish welfare mean that we continue to produce extraordinary tasting salmon. We look forward to the awards and celebrating an industry which is one of the UK’s great success stories.”
Founded on the principle of farming in a sustainable manner, Loch Duart uses a suite of farming practices, with sustainability, environmental stewardship and fish welfare at its core. These are ethics that customers, including top chefs around the world, trust and respect, proof that farming practices and taste are intrinsically linked. Exporting to over 20 countries, exports currently account for nearly 70% of Loch Duart’s business and the brand has significant international trade recognition which has filtered down to ‘foodie’ consumers. 2016/17 was a breakthrough year for the business in both turnover growth and export growth.
Winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony hosted to be attended around 500 guests and will take place at the The Brewery in, London on 21st September 2017.