Keep reading to see it’s the Scottish Government’s £4.5 million backing for food and drink exports to enable more food production than you or I could eat!

Food and drink firms are being backed with £4.5 million Government funding to boost exports. The money is to help Scottish companies take their products into new and existing markets, offer expert advice, forge stronger relationships with buyers and encourage businesses to develop products. It comes as part of efforts to help the industry achieve its overall aim to double turnover value to £30 billion by 2030.’

Ah there it is!

 ‘The funding under the second phase of the Food and Drink Export Plan come from the Scottish Government, industry and Scottish Development International, lasting from 2019 to 2024. Scotland’s food and drink sector has grown year on year, increasing by 78% since 2007. Last year, exports reached a record level of £6.3 billion, with support from the first phase of the export plan. The Scottish Government also recently launched a wider export strategy – A Trading Nation – setting out plans for growing Scotland’s exports to add around £3.5 billion to GDP and create 17,500 more jobs.’

Some earlier reports here on food and drink to remind you how we might get on in the future:

Difficult times as UK food & drink exports ‘slow to crawl’ but in Scotland?‘UK Food and Drink Exports growth slow to a crawl in 2018’, does not mention Scotland but the map below from the same site does, to dramatic effect: Only the mostly rural South East compares.…

Return of the meme! 8% of the population but 38% of the food and drink exports. How would Scotland survive? ‘Value of whisky exports rises 7.8% as Scotland’s food and drink sold abroad brings in record £6.3 billion. Total exports increased by £293 million in 2018, a 4.9% rise, according to HMRC. Food exports have…

While Labour contradict themselves past and present, the Scottish government acted on food insecurityAs the Scottish branch attempted to pose as champions of the poor and hungry, they were quickly reminded of the contrary actions of their host party in England: Those with a little recall had not forgotten that the Scottish branch…

Scotland’s food and drink sales increase 36% in only 10 yearsFrom Scotland Food & Drink, yesterday: Sector grows by £527 million (in one year?) Sector generated a £13.9 billion turnover in 2016, up 3.9% on the previous year. Turnover is estimated to have increased by…

Scottish Government launches 50 new starter farms as Brexit threatens major food price risesFrom Farmers Weekly yesterday: ‘Fifty new part-time starter farms are to be made available to new entrants in Scotland. The Scottish government has announced more than 1,000ha of public land will be let out as part of…

Still 8% of the population but now 30% of UK food and drink exports?Back in June 2017, I headlined a piece with: With only 8% of the population, Scotland accounts for more than 28% of UK food and drink exports. Too wee to survive on our own? In the above piece, I…

Scotland continues to produce more than a quarter of the UK’s food and drink exports in 2017, with only one twelfth of the population. How much is it feeding the UK too?Scotland’s 5.3 million population represents only one twelfth or just 8% of the UK’s total population of 65.6 million. From January to September 2017, UK food and drink exports increased 11.0% to £16.1bn against the same period in 2016.


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