Macsween’s haggis becomes first to launch in Canada in 46 years
Macsween of Edinburgh is the first Scottish haggis manufacturer to be allowed to export to Canada in almost 50 years, after developing a new recipe that meets Canadian regulations.
The development follows the lift of the Canadian ban on red meat imports from Europe in 2015, and since then, Macsween has been working to produce a haggis recipe that meets Canadian regulations.
As the import ban on lamb lung offal remains in place, a new recipe was developed using lamb heart offal which is permitted in the Canadian market.
Attending an event in Toronto on 18th October to showcase Scotland’s food and drink produce to Canadian buyers, Economy Secretary, Keith Brown, welcomed the news of Macsween’s launch into the country.
He commented: “Haggis is known the world over for being a truly iconic symbol of Scotland.
“It’s great news that Macsween have been able to develop a haggis recipe for export to Canada. After waiting 46 years I’m sure there will be many Canadians and ex-pat Scots looking forward to having Scotland’s national dish at the centre of their table at the next Burns’ supper.”
James Macsween, managing director of Macsween of Edinburgh, added: “Finally, Canadians and the ex-pat community within Canada will be able to enjoy the UK’s number one haggis brand, loved for its award-winning taste and texture.
“This is a huge milestone for Macsween to be expanding internationally and leading the way in an increasingly competitive market.”
Food and drink exports to Canada are now worth more than £94 million, with latest reports from Scottish companies suggesting that food exports have increased by 37% over the last year.