Problems in the salmon industry are likely to create a shortfall in supplies of farmed salmon over Easter, Young's has warned.

Colder than normal water in Scandinavia and Scotland has slowed the growth of farmed salmon, which means fish usually available at this time of year are too small to harvest.  

Easter is traditionally one of the highest volume sales periods for salmon across Europe, with considerable promotional activity by retailers.

The situation has been exacerbated further by the current high global demand for seafood, said MD of chilled at Young's, Pete Ward. He added: "These factors will inevitably lead to shortages that will make it difficult to fulfil non-contracted orders."

The market price for whole salmon hit its highest level since 2000 on Friday, at £3.80/kg, an increase of about 40% since the beginning of the year.