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Record turnover for food and drink in Scotland

Staff Writer |
The annual turnover for the food and drink industry reached record levels of £14.4 billion in Scotland in 2014.

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These latest figures also reveal that the food manufacturing sector grew at twice the rate of the UK average, increasing by 43 per cent in Scotland compared to 21 per cent in the UK from 2008-2014.

Welcoming the figures at the start of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing said:

“The food and drink sector continues to be one of our most successful and that success shows no sign of slowing down. The industry is vital to Scotland - it creates jobs and wealth, impacts on health and sustainability, and helps attract people to the country by promoting our food and drink around the globe.

“This record turnover means that the sector is making good progress towards meeting the 2017 target of £16.5 billion, which has been set by Scotland Food & Drink. We are committed to doing all we can in government to support the growth of food and drink production and the contribution it makes to Scotland’s economy.

“Behind all of these figures are the drive and determination of the people who make up the industry - their hard work is key to ensuring, that Scotland’s food and drink is a success.”

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