24 Apr 2010

Ash bonanza for salmon exporter

6:06 am on 24 April 2010

A salmon company this week cleared in excess of $1 million in extra sales to the Middle East and Asia because of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe.

The New Zealand King Salmon Company in Nelson says this is because Norway was unable to get its product to these areas because of the Icelandic ash cloud and subsequent cancellation of flights.

The company says sales volumes reached Christmas levels.

Financially, it says April has been like to a "second Christmas" for the company.

Because of the disruption, the company was also able to make inroads into emerging markets such as Dubai and Thailand.