A business development programme by seafood processor Macrae Food Group is looking to source new supplies of fish and shellfish from around the world.

This will involve developing products using different types of shellfish including lobster and oysters as well as other ‘exotic’ seafood such as wild Alaskan salmon and tuna.

Development director Dr Stewart McLelland said business in this new sector is worth about £0.5m a year to Macrae, but this should increase to approximately £10m in two to three years’ time.

Already the company has produced a value-added chilled range for the multiple retail sector using farmed Panamanian prawns produced by Camaco and Altrix, who run a vertically integrated operation from hatchery to the final end product, ensuring full traceability throughout the production chain.