Original news was published on 18 September 2019
Emirates SkyCargo has begun shipping Scottish salmon from Glasgow to Dubai on behalf of Seafood Souq, a Dubai start-up with a business model based on the transparent and efficient sourcing of seafood.
Seafood Souq has created an online B2B marketplace application that helps seafood buyers procure products from all over the world.
In addition to streamlining the traditional model of sourcing seafood, the application also allows for improved quality and traceability of the produce.
Although the initial focus is on delivering fresh seafood from markets including Norway, Cyprus, Chile, USA and Scotland to customers in the UAE and the Middle East, the company says it plans to use the potential of Emirates' network to reach a global clientele.
"The core aim of Seafood Souq is to provide access to fresh products in the quickest possible time by connecting customers to suppliers and allowing produce to be dispatched on the day that the order is received,” explained Sean Dennis, Seafood Souq CEO and co-founder "Not only does Emirates SkyCargo have a good frequency of flights into all the key global origin and destination markets for seafood but they also have the cool chain infrastructure and capabilities that allows seafood to retain its freshness during the journey," he added.
"We are excited to be working with Seafood Souq and to be supporting an innovative Dubai-based start-up having the potential to transform the supply chain for the seafood industry," commented Dennis Lister, Emirates VP Cargo Commercial Development.
The airline carried over 400,000 tonnes of perishables last year 2018 of which over 70,000 tonnes was seafood from sources that included Norway, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the UK.