Picture: Scotland Food & Drink
Scottish food and drink exports grew by 9% or £119 million in the first half of 2017 bringing the half-year total to £2.5 billion. Again, from gov.scot, yesterday:
- Food exports increased by 24% to £770 million
- Scottish whisky exports grew £57 million (up 3%) to £1.8 billion
- Fish and seafood exports are up 38% to £459 million
- The EU accounted for 69% of all food exports
The Head of Food and Drink at Scottish Development International, said:
‘Scotland’s extensive larder of natural, high quality products continues to drive global appetite for our food and drink exports. The Scotland Food & Drink in-market specialists in our top prospect markets are opening doors for Scottish companies with high end retailers, luxury hotels, leading chefs and distributors to help drive this growth, while our recent Showcasing Scotland event attracted 100 international buyers from 16 countries to meet with 140 food & drink businesses in Scotland, creating significant new export opportunities’.
I was able to make the claim below on the basis of only the first three months of the year, so given the above figures, the 28% may be an understatement.