Food and drink

Scottish produce is hard to beat. From our world-renowned whiskies and award-winning meat and seafood, to small-batch gins, craft beers, and innovative baked goods, Scotland is the home of quality and flavour.

Farm to plate provenance

Scottish produce is valued across the globe for its quality and flavour

25% of exports

Scotch whisky accounts for about a quarter of UK food and drinks exports

Label Rouge quality

Scottish salmon was the first fish to gain the prestigious 'Label Rouge' quality mark

A land of food and drink

With our cold, clean waters and unspoiled landscapes, Scotland is blessed with a fantastic larder of the finest food and drink. Scotland is well known for the quality of its natural produce and the ‘farm to plate’ provenance of its premium food and drink.

Scotland’s talented producers are passionate about their craft and are dedicated to satisfying the growing international demand for our premium food and drink products.

We work hand-in-hand with the Scottish Government, Scotland Food & Drink, and industry bodies and associations, to carry that message of quality to the wider world.

Unspoilt landscapes and fertile land

Scotland's food and drink producers are blessed to work with beautiful, unspoilt landscapes, fertile land, clean air and clear waters.

From the beef farmer tending his herd in grassy, rural Aberdeenshire, to the salmon farmer nurturing smolts in the cool, clear waters of the North Atlantic, to the master blender perfecting single malt in a Highland distillery – Scotland truly is the world’s land of food and drink.

Scotland: a byword for quality

From the best bars to the finest hotels and restaurants, Scottish produce is valued not only for its quality and flavour, but for the stories and heritage it embodies.

After all, why eat a steak from an anonymous breed when you can tuck into a delicious cut of farm-assured, grass-fed, pure-bred Aberdeen Angus? Why offer your guests poor quality salmon when you can serve up the prime Scottish variety? And why toast a special occasion with an inferior ‘whisky’ when you can enjoy a glass of one of Scotland’s legendary malts?

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Premium products, premium brands

We supply some of the world’s most sought-after produce to high-end retailers and restaurants across the globe, including:

Salmon

Scotland helped pioneer the world’s salmon farming industry, and is now the third largest farmed salmon producer in the world.

Seafood

One of Europe’s largest seafood producers, our cold, clean waters make Scotland’s seafood some of the best in the world.

Whisky

Famed for its flavour, aroma and complexity, world-conquering Scotch Whisky has helped carry the name of Scotland to the four corners of the Earth.

Dairy

Scottish dairy herds produce are among the most efficient in Europe and our abundant rain and lush grass make Scotland one of the world's best places for milk.

Brewing

There are over 90 craft breweries in Scotland, producing innovative beers, ales, lagers and stouts.

Distilling

There’s much more to Scotland’s distilling industry than whisky - we also produce world-class gin, rum, and vodka.

Bakery

Scottish bakers are rising to the double challenge of creating new products and finding fresh markets for our traditional bakery products.

Red meat

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Scotch Pork is globally famed for its flavour and succulence, commanding premium prices on the world stage.

Health-enhancing foods

With a larder full of high quality ingredients, rich in oats, iron-rich vegetables and oily fish, Scotland is well placed to play a leading role in the health food revolution.

"Scotland boasts a stellar reputation for its high quality seafood. With Scottish seafood, we have more than the promise of premium seafood, we know they have also been produced with worldly responsibility."

Charles Carroll, President of Worldchefs

Food and Drink

"We are continuing to grow. There are huge investment flows from established producers. In the last few years some 14 new distilleries saw spirit flow for the first time. We are aware of up to 40 further projects for new distilleries. We haven't seen anything like this for many years."

Julie Hesketh-Laird, acting chief executive, Scotch Whisky Association

In this section

Education

Scotland's education is open to the world. We've a strong track record of working with overseas partners, through delivery of teaching, training, in-country provision, or a more ‘blended learning’ approach.

Oil and gas

With decades of experience in oil and gas and abundant renewable energy resources, Scotland is the natural supply chain partner for your energy project.

Renewables

Scotland's abundant natural resources and renowned engineering heritage gives us unrivalled expertise in the safe, sustainable, profitable harnessing of energy. Exceptional experience, unique offshore energy capabilities and unrivalled support, make us natural supply chain partners for renewable energy projects worldwide.

Textiles

Well-known for our unrivalled creativity, innovation and collaboration, the textiles sector in Scotland has a great track record on the international stage.

Whether you’re a wholesaler, retailer, foodservice operator, importer or an agent, if you're interested in buying the very best Scottish food and drink products, our international team is here to help you.