The BBC headlined yesterday:
‘UK exports record amount of food and drink’
The report makes much of Salmon sales in this report though it does get to Whisky eventually:
‘Surging sales of salmon helped the UK to export a record amount of food and drink in the first quarter of 2017, the Food and Drink Federation has said. The industry group said sales of the fish leapt more than 50% by value – to £186.7m – and 13% by volume. British food and drink exports as a whole grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn – the largest first quarter figure on record.’
Here, from the report are the UK’s top 10 food and drink exports:
Source H&M Customs and Excise
You’ve probably noticed a few products there that Scotland dominates. Appart from the obvious first two, I gather we produce more Gin too.
It’s all good news for the UK isn’t it. There’s no breakdown for the Scottish contribution to this happy story so I’ll give you it.
- Food and drink exports from Scotland rose to a record £5.5bn last year, government figures show.
- British food and drink exports as a whole grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn – the largest first quarter figure on record.
So, the UK exports £19.6bn per year while Scotland exports £5.5bn per year or 28.06% of the total. How impressive is that? Oh, yes, we only have 8% (5.25 million) of the total UK population (65.14 million).
Even that may well be an understatement. Look again at the list of the top ten. Surely, we produce more than 28% of that?