Scotland’s food and drink sector generated a record annual turnover of £14.4bn in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Scottish government.
These latest figures also reveal that the food and drink manufacturing sector grew at twice the rate of the UK average, increasing by 43 per cent in Scotland compared to 21 per cent in the UK from 2008-2014.
Welcoming the figures at the start of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, Scotland Food and Drink chief executive James Withers said: "These are great figures and testament to a transformation in food and drink activity in Scotland over the last few years. The sector is not without challenges and uncertainty, but for a sector whose growth was stagnant a few years ago, this has been a major turnaround.
"The Scottish industry is now being recognised internationally for how it has embraced collaboration to grow, forging a stronger global reputation for our products."
Cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity Fergus Ewing said, “We are committed to doing all we can in government to support the growth of food and drink production and the contribution it makes to Scotland’s economy. Behind all of these figures are the drive and determination of the people who make up the industry - their hard work is key to ensuring, that Scotland’s food and drink is a success,” said Ewing.
This record turnover means that the sector is making good progress towards meeting the 2017 target of £16.5 billion, which has been set by Scotland Food & Drink. The industry spans the activities of agriculture, fishing and aquaculture, food manufacturing and drink manufacturing.
“The food and drink sector continues to be one of our most successful and that success shows no sign of slowing down. The industry is vital to Scotland - it creates jobs and wealth, impacts on health and sustainability, and helps attract people to the country by promoting our food and drink around the globe,” added Ewing.