The industry leadership group, Scotland Food and Drink, was established in 2007 to drive increased growth in the food and drink industry. Its strategic mission is to grow the value of the industry from £10 billion to £16.5 billion by 2017 and to develop for Scotland a reputation as a “Land of Food and Drink”. As an industry-led organisation, Scotland Food and Drink’s role is to provide strategic leadership by fostering collaboration, cooperation and mutual dependency across the industry and the public sector. The result of this approach has been an unprecedented rise in industry turnover growth since 2008, huge export growth of over 50% and greatly improved industry collaboration.
A thriving food and drink sector plays a vital role in Scotland's economic success and prosperity as a nation. This is why the Scottish Government works in partnership with Scotland Food and Drink to support the continued growth of Scotland’s food and drink sector both at home and abroad. The partnership is now developing the next industry food and drink growth strategy, which will cover 2017-2030.
The Scottish Government and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund funds Connect Local, an advisory service for local food and drink marketing aimed at entrepreneurs, micro-businesses and SMEs in Scotland, with a specific programme focussing on seafood. Connect Local will contribute, in part, to delivering continued economic growth and local food priorities through its strategic aims;
Changing behaviour in food and drink production, promotion, procurement and ultimately consumer purchasing towards local choices;
Developing the quality, nutritional content and added value propositions of food and drink producers to meet the demands of consumers, retail, food service, and hospitality customers; and
Strengthening the local food and drink economy, including the seafood supply chain (diversifying and improving access to local markets).
Other support of the food and drink industry’s growth includes;
We also work with a range of public sector partners (including Scottish Enterprise, Highland & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Developement Intenatiomnal, Skills Development Scotland and Visit Scotland) and industry common interest groups and trade associations.