Food and drink is very important to Scotland. It creates jobs and wealth, impacts on health and sustainability, and helps attract people to the country.
We aim to support and grow our food and drink industry, and to work with participants to ensure it impacts positively on public health, environmental sustainability and Scotland's international reputation.
We are improving Scotland's food and drink offering by:
- implementing the Good Food Nation policy
- supporting the food and drink industry
- investing in food and drink education
- promoting sustainable production and procurement
- supporting community groups, public sector bodies and third sector organisations by funding community growing projects
- working towards a Scotland where everyone eats well and has a healthy weight
- reducing food waste
The food and drink industry is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy. It is worth around £14 billion each year and accounts for one in five manufacturing jobs. Scotland has 18,850 food and drink businesses, which employ around 115,400 people.
It is identified as a growth sector in our Economic Strategy.
Our national food and drink policy encompasses the impact of food and drink on health, the environment, social justice, education and the economy in Scotland and aims to build a 'Good Food Nation' where people benefit from and take pride and pleasure in the food they produce, buy, serve and eat.
Telephone: Central Enquiries Unit - 0300 244 4000
Food, Drink and Rural Communities