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A healthy future

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. A new generation of Scottish producers, food technologists and chefs are improving the way the world eats.

With the health food market expected to be worth an additional £685 million to Scotland by 2017, the nation’s food industry is leading the way to a healthier tomorrow.

Innovation is what keeps Scotland at the forefront of consumer trends. We have specialist colleges, universities and world-class research facilities where scientists and food producers work in a spirit of collaboration and trust to find new and innovative products for today’s discerning consumer.

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The cornerstones for a happy life

Pristine environment and strong research knowledge

Health, nutrition and wellbeing are the cornerstones for a long and happy life. They are also the key selling points many food and drink companies use to satisfy world demand.

Globally, the health enhancing food market is estimated to be worth 39 billion USD. Scotland, with its pristine environment, abundance of natural resources, and strong research knowledge, is ideally placed to play a leading role in this food revolution. 

Health benefits of kale and seaweed

Scotland's larder is an abundant source of kale and seaweed. Kale, once a Scottish staple, is now a 'cool' food, appearing on high-end and healthy menus all over the world. High in fibre, vitamins and nutrients, it has already been hailed the 'queen of greens'.

Scottish companies such as Mara Seaweed are experts in Scotland's native seaweeds, their flavours and how to cook them. Known as 'the superfood of the sea', seaweed is packed with nutrients. It's the most highly mineralised vegetable on earth, containing 56 essential vitamins and minerals, and has become a firm favourite with chefs across the globe..

Think global, eat local

Scotland’s strength in the health-enhancing foods sector allows for the development of products which can back up our claims with peer-reviewed research:

  • Our raw materials are rich in healthy oils and natural, health-boosting compounds such as Omega 3, antioxidants and lycopene
  • We have a track record of excellence in crop development for soft fruits and cereals at the Scottish Crop Research Institute
  • World-class expertise in human nutrition, gut health and obesity management at the Rowett Institute of Health and Nutrition in Aberdeen
  • A strong involvement in the academic sector, facilitation and a highly-skilled workforce in nutrition, food and medical science
  • A great track record of life sciences research across a number of different areas, including heart disease, bone disease and diabetes
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Boat and shore

Could Scotland's larder hold the key to life-long health?

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Life is sweet

When it comes to soft fruits, Scotland is a market leader. Thanks to years of innovation and invention, our naturally sweet raspberries and strawberries command a premium price in the marketplace.

Grown in Scotland’s ‘fruit-bowl’ - the fields of Angus and Highland Perthshire - the crops, featuring many exclusive Scottish fruit varieties, are already shipped to a range of markets. High in vitamins and fibre and eaten either fresh from the punnet, frozen, or processed into deserts, yogurts or fruit-based drinks, they provide a blast of fruit flavour that is hard to beat.

Organic growth

With its fresh water, lush pastures and pristine seas, Scotland has long been at the forefront of the organic industry. Far-sighted farmers and suppliers, with a focus on quality and traceability, are already producing premium organic products.

Across almost every sector - red meat, pork, game, dairy, fish, seafood, cereals - Scotland can supply certifiably organic produce.

At the end of the day, you can even wash down your healthy meal with a choice from a variety of organic Scotch whiskies.

A gluten-free future

The Gluten-Free Food Service

Scotland is also leading the world when it comes to dealing with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Last year, the Scottish Government launched the Gluten-Free Food Service, allowing sufferers to access and manage their gluten-free food prescription through their local pharmacist.

Food producers and retailers have been quick to adapt, with many now offering gluten-free versions of old favourites. Even Scotland’s traditional fish and chip shops have got in on the act, with many now offering a gluten-free take on the traditional teatime treat.

The bakery trade is also adapting, with Scottish companies such as Nairn’s Supernature, Genius Foods and Angelic Gluten-Free all offering healthy, gluten-free alternatives.

High street chain restaurants are changing and adapting their menus too, to offer gluten-free, lower fat and lower salt versions of their dishes.

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We’re here to help

Whether you’re a wholesaler, retailer, foodservice operator, importer or an agent - and wherever you are in the world - if you're interested in trying, testing or buying the healthiest Scottish ingredients or products, our team is there to help you.

We have an extensive network of offices around the world. Our international staff live and work within their office locale, have a comprehensive understanding of your market-specific business needs and can help link you to Scottish producers and suppliers. 

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