Scotland claims lead on food export mission

By Rod Addy contact

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Growth in Scottish exports have outperformed those of the UK as a whole
Growth in Scottish exports have outperformed those of the UK as a whole

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Scotland is spearheading growth in food and drink exports, according to its cabinet secretary for rural affairs Richard Lochhead, commenting on the launch of the UK’s Food and Drink International Action Plan.

The UK plan was unveiled yesterday​ at food industry trade show Anuga, held at Cologne in Germany. Lochhead said Scotland’s own Export Plan, which is gearing up for launch, had ambitious targets. “The UK government has at long last started out on a journey we began in 2007.”

‘Forthcoming export plan’

“Our forthcoming export plan will set out in practical terms how the Scottish government and our agencies will work with Scotland’s food and drink industry to achieve its ambitious new goals of £16.5bn turnover and £7.1bn exports by 2017.”

Growth in Scottish food exports had outperformed those of the UK as a whole between 2007 and 2012, passing the £1bn mark in 2012. Exports of whisky rose by more than 50% over the same period to £4.3bn, he added.

Independence would offer even more opportunities for the Scottish food and drink industry, he said.

Related topics: Meat, poultry & seafood, Drinks

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