90% of Scottish meat exports which are up 11% overall go to Europe

Sorry veggies, but see this from Scotland Food and Drink yesterday:

‘Overall food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion, representing an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. In the meat category as a whole Scotland increased exports by 11% to £72 million, of which 90% was to Europe. Overall, food exports alone grew by 22% to £1.5 billion during 2016.’

The main markets are in France, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands, taking 67.8% of beef and lambs exports from Scotland. Denmark has more pigs than people so that might be a tougher market to break but there were other areas of notable increases:

Baltic countries up 444%

Central and Eastern Europe up 197%

Nordic countries up 19% (pigs?)

Germany up 23%

 Does that mean rUK is not our biggest market for something are they not counting sales there as exports?



4 thoughts on “90% of Scottish meat exports which are up 11% overall go to Europe

  1. Clydebuilt March 20, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Is meat sent from Scotland to England counted as an export?


  2. johnrobertson834 March 20, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I don’t think they can count it but they do come up with estimates saying rUK is the bigger market.


  3. sam March 20, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Hi John

    I have been reading the blog at eureferendum.com by Richard North. He is a Leave Europe supporter. His blog nowadays is all about how badly the Tory government is handling Brexit. Here is a link to a post by North that deals with your subject matter here. Brexit may have dreadful consequences.


    On the other hand, in this post, North speculates about the demise of roll on roll off vessels with lorry traffic. Container ports in Scotland may do good business?


    I like your posts, I want an independent Scotland. Brexit looks awful.



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