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

Unspoiled landscapes and fertile land

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.

Arbroath Smokies being prepared by Iain R Spink on the beach at Auchmithie - Photo credit VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Scotland: a land of food and drink

Imagine the beef farmer tending his herd in grassy, rural Aberdeenshire and the salmon farmer nurturing smolts in the cool, clear waters of the North Atlantic. Then think about the master blender perfecting single malt in a Highland distillery - Scotland is truly the land of food and drink.

Did you know?

  • Scottish Salmon is the UK and Scotland's top food export sold in 50 countries
  • Scotch Beef was the first European meat product to be granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status
  • 39 bottles of Scotch Whisky are shipped overseas every second
Chef prepares Galloway roe deer haunch at Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow - Photo credit VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Top French chefs get a taste of Scotland

Watch our video to hear how twenty three master chefs of France got on during their trade visit to Scotland. And discover why Scottish food and drink products are in great demand all over the world:

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?

'Nosing' whisky from the Glenturret Distillery - Photo credit VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Global demand for Scottish products

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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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

Scottish premium food and drink products and brands

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.