At a festive breakfast for 80 in London's Claridge's Hotel last week, Sir Frederick Bell, chairman of Britain's Herring Industry Board, rose to speak. "With all the fine food they have in America," said Sir Frederick, "the one thing they lack is a fine Scottish kipper." The guests agreed. They had just eaten 160 fine Scottish kippers to celebrate the shipping of 4,000,000 cellophane-wrapped, frozen kippers to New York, in the first big postwar invasion of the bacon & eggs (and dollar) market by the trade.

Kippers were not the only out-of-the-way item that Britain was exporting to the U.S....

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