Highland 2010: Scottish food sales soar

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands across Scotland, England and Wales have grown by 30% in the past three years, increasing the value of sales by £425m.

Announcing the figures at the Royal Highland Show, the Scottish Government’s rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Sales of Scottish food and drink are soaring on shop shelves across Scotland, England and Wales.

“Despite a tough economic backdrop, sales of Scottish food and drink brands in these islands have risen to £1.83bn,” he said.

Combined sales grew last year by 8% which, at a time of economic recession, demonstrates how vital a comprehensive plan of support and promotion can be.”

Mr Lochhead also announced grants of almost £4.2m under the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operative (FPMC) Grants Scheme.

They included £383,050 to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for a pork collaborative supply chain project with the support of Vion which Mr Lochhead said should deliver substantial benefits to the wider Scottish pig industry.

• For more from the Royal Highland Show click here.

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