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Scottish Food Production

Scottish Food Production

The food and drinks industry in Scotland employs 36,000 people, that’s 19% of Scotland’s manufacturing workforce! And there will be a need for 19000 new recruits by 2024.

There are 891 businesses in food and drink!

The Scottish food and drinks industry is made up of lots of different companies from major global brands through to small companies.

Its gross value to the Scottish economy is £1.9 billion, 14.2% of the Scottish manufacturing value added.

There are a number of careers on offer within the food and drinks industry including food science, engineering, research and PR and the industry is currently believed to be on track to hitting a £16.5bn turnover.


Here are some facts that demonstrate the reach and extent of Scotland’s food and drink industry:

Every second, 40 bottles of Whisky are shipped overseas

More Whisky is sold in one month in France than cognac in a year

More than 60% of the world’s langoustines are sourced in Scotland

Scottish Salmon was the first foreign product to gain France’s prestigious ‘Label Rouge’ quality mark

There were only 11 breweries in Scotland in 1970. Now there are over 76 craft brewers in Scotland producing a wide variety of specialist beers

Some of Scotland’s products have achieved Protected Geographical Indication status including Arbroath Smokies and Stornoway Black Pudding.

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