Back in June 2017, I headlined a piece with:
In the above piece, I was able to demonstrate that Scotland produced at least 28% of all UK food and drink exports. A few days ago, we heard from multiple sources:
In these reports we discovered, in particular, that Whisky exports had risen to £4.36 billion, up 9% on 2016 and now accounting for 20% of all UK food and drink exports. We also read that Salmon exports had leapt (upriver) 35% (!) to £600 million.
Now if the £4.36 billion is 20%, then £600 million is further 3% taking us to 23% with just two exports. Add the gin, which we produce the most of in the UK, other seafood, craft beer, beef, haggis and Kirriemuir iced gingerbread, all of which gave us a total of £5.6 billion in 2016 and I’m guessing we may well be contributing as much as 30% of all UK food and drink exports.
Only 30%? How could we survive on our own?
Footnote: Food and drink exports to the rest of the UK were estimated at more than £4bn in 2014.