Scottish food and drink

If you’re looking for somewhere to grow your food or drink business, Scotland is full of unique opportunities and innovation. And with the right skills, tech and research support, Scotland has all the ingredients to ensure your success.

Did you know?

Scotland leads the way in Europe for food production, food manufacture, food and drink research and food technology.

£14.9 billion turnover

and £5.6 billion GVA

122,000 employees

already working in food and drink in Scotland.

£30 billion target

for turnover by 2030

Source: Scottish Economic Statistics, Scottish Enterprise February 2021

Beautiful unspoilt landscapes, fertile land and clean air

Scotland has set an ambition to be among the lowest carbon and most efficient food producers in the world by 2032. And we’re on track to achieve just that. Scotland has also opted out of the production of genetically modified (GM) crops to preserve the clean, green environment that supports our food and drink sector.

Scotland is blessed with a fantastic larder of some of the best natural produce in the world. Our food and drink producers benefit from Scotland's beautiful unspoilt landscapes, fertile land and clean air. And when you combine our world-renowned natural produce with our flair for innovation and technology, you start to see why Scotland is the ideal location for your food and drink innovation project.

Scotland's food and drink opportunities

What Scotland can offer your food and drink company

Make use of the very latest tech

When you combine Scotland’s rich natural larder with our world-leading technological expertise, the result is a food and drink industry constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation. So if you’re looking for a dynamic location to undertake development, testing and implementation, think Scotland.

Scotland's tech community boasts over 90,000 people covering the full industry spectrum from application development and data analytics to robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. And, when you choose Scotland for your project, you’ll benefit from support from a whole network of innovation centres.

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Find the skills and talent you need

Scotland’s food and drink industry is rich in a wide variety of skills, including farmers, fishermen and women, bakers, brewers, engineers, scientists and researchers. Each year we see more graduates leaving Scottish education with undergraduate or postgraduate degrees that lend themselves well to agriculture, food technology, food research and agritech.

When you invest in Scotland, you’ll have access to an experienced, flexible and tech-savvy talent pool, funded apprenticeships and opportunities for workforce development.

More about Scotland’s people, skills and recruitment

Access funding and investment

You can be assured that Scotland is committed to food and drink innovation through strong government programmes and public funding, including:

  • A programme of strategic scientific research to advance the evidence base in the development of rural affairs, food and environment policies relating to key global challenges. This covers challenges such as climate change, food and water security, management of natural resources, infectious diseases and enhancing health and wellbeing.
  • Green Distillery Fund: a £10 million fund to help UK distilleries cut emissions by switching to low carbon fuels such as hydrogen
  • Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for research and innovation helps strengthen business innovation and take on the biggest challenges that society and industry face today
  • Transforming Food Production: the UK Government has granted £90 million of new funding to help businesses, researchers and industry transform food production

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Food and drink innovation in Scotland

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Need help?

If you have a question about food and drink opportunities in Scotland, our team of advisers can help.