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Scottish food and drink exports hit half-year high

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Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has welcomed figures that show Scottish food and drink exports to Europe grew by £119 million in the first half of 2017 when compared to the same period last year.

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The 9% increase in the value of total exports to £2.5 billion was fuelled by exports to the EU over the past 6 months.

Statistics also showed:

- Food exports increased by 24% to £770 million

- Scottish whisky exports grew £57 million (up 3%) to £1.8 billion

- Fish and seafood exports are up 38% to £459 million

- The EU accounted for 69% of all food exports.

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