Troutlodge: “The biggest issue we have faced is in airfreight availability”

World’s largest trout egg supplier feels the bite of coronavirus.

The US company Troutlodge is having to circumnavigate the tricky new world of air freight.

Keith Drynan General Manager told SalmonBusiness that the company has had “significant challenges” in reaching some of its customers and distributors as it continues to distribute eggs pretty much globally.

“Some of the movement restrictions put in place by a number of countries have meant that we’ve had to delay and reschedule shipments, but the biggest issue we have faced is in airfreight availability and how regularly this has been changing,” said Drynan.

Each year, the company produces over 500 million trout eggs, shipping them to over 60 countries. With hundreds of grounded flights and airports operating at minimal capacity, space is tight.

“This has resulted in our shipping specialists having to find new routes, providers and schedules for a number of our customers, as well as dealing with pricing changes,” he explained.

Drynan said that despite this, its domestic (US) shipments have been relatively unaffected.

“We continue to ship internationally several days every week, but we await the effect of industry and supply chain changes in the coming months,” he concluded.

In February, SalmonBusiness reported that Troutlodge was mulling a move from the Isle of Man and that its main incubation centre and broodstock farm Glen Wyllin trout farm operation on the Isle of Man, UK, was “under discussion”.