Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated Glenarm Organic Salmon on winning its first business in the United Arab Emirates.
The Minster was speaking from Dubai during a three day trade development mission which included participation in Gulfood, one of the world’s biggest food and hospitality events.
Glenarm Organic Salmon, Northern Ireland’s only salmon farm, won the business in Dubai with a leading distribution company to supply major hotels and high-end restaurants following its participation last year on an Invest Northern Ireland mission to the Emirates for local seafood processors.
Arlene Foster said: “This is another very encouraging breakthrough for an enterprising food business with a strong commitment to growing sales outside Northern Ireland.
“Salmon is now in high demand because of growing affluence in markets such as China and the Middle East. Glenarm has established a presence in both markets for its premium salmon and is poised for growth in both. The company has been supported in its export activities by Invest Northern Ireland’s recent seafood industry initiatives in these important markets.”
The Dubai business follows the company’s recent success, in winning sales in Hong Kong. The company also supplies salmon to leading hotels and restaurants in Britain, the US, Singapore and Thailand.
John Russell, Glenarm Organic Salmon Managing Director said: “The contract is strategically important for us because it provides a springboard for further growth in a marketplace which remains among the world’s most affluent regions and fastest growing tourism centres.
“It’s also a market in which consumers and visitors are becoming increasingly concerned about health issues and are now keen on organic products such as our salmon. Invest NI has helped us to identify and develop business in a number of international markets and was extremely beneficial in Dubai, where they helped us to pinpoint potential distributors and worked with us to set up meetings with key decision makers.
“We subsequently signed up with one of the distributors identified and have now shipped the first consignment of organic salmon to them for customers in major hotels and high-end restaurants. We will be supporting the activities of our new business partner to develop our sales in Dubai and the other Emirates.”
Glenarm Organic Salmon, established in 2008, is the only Atlantic salmon producer in the Irish Sea and Northern Ireland’s only salmon farming business.
The company produces over 500 tonnes of organic salmon each year which is distributed throughout the UK and overseas markets to customers seeking premium quality organic salmon from responsible and sustainable aquaculture and is recognised as such by the influential Organic Food Federation.