Scottish food and drink exports to Asia growing fast
The increase to £1.055 billion represents a 7% increase in the value of exports to Asia, a key target market, over the past year.
Food exports grew by 41% to £160 million. Scotch whisky exports increased by £25 million (up 3%) to £895 million.
Dairy and eggs and fruit and vegetable exports improved by 71% and 28% respectively. Fish and seafood exports were worth £66.5 million – up 16%.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: "These figures clearly show our food and drink industry is in fantastic health. Since this government came to office, the value of food exports has more than doubled. It is clear the partnership approach between industry and government has been pivotal in making food and drink one of our standout economic success stories.
"Retaining access to vital European markets, which account for around 40% of our food and drink exports, remains a priority but we must also continue to extend our reach and these statistics show we are doing just that." ■