Haggis returns to Canada after 46 years

Haggis returns to Canada after 46 years

Haggis producer, Macsween of Edinburgh, has broken back into the Canadian market after developing a recipe that meets the country’s regulations.

The move means that one of Scotland’s most famous exports will be shipped to Canada for the first time in almost half a century.

Scotland exports more than £94m worth of food and drink to Canada, and some reports indicate that the market for Scottish food has increased by 37% during the last year alone.

Canada had a ban on importing red meat from Europe in 1996 in the wake of the BSE scare affecting beef cattle, which was lifted 19 years later in 2015.

James Macsween, managing director at Macsween, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be the first Scottish haggis sold in Canada in 46 years.

"This is a huge milestone for Macsween to be expanding internationally and leading the way in an increasingly competitive market. My grandfather Charlie would be very proud to see how far we've come from his original butcher's shop in Bruntsfield, which he opened back in 1953."

Attending an event in Toronto to showcase Scotland's food and drink produce to Canadian buyers, Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: "Haggis is known the world over for being a truly iconic symbol of Scotland.

"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."