News - 2017
A new, ambitious strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry was unveiled today by industry body, Scotland Food & Drink.
Food and drink has been Scotland’s best performing sector in recent years, with record export figures released last weekend and sales at home increasing rapidly too.
The sector is worth £14.4 billion annually, 119,000 people are working directly in the industry and food manufacturing in Scotland is growing at twice the rate of the UK average for the sector.
‘Ambition 2030’, launched today, establishes a vision to cement food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry, with the opportunity to more than double turnover in the sector to reach £30 billion by 2030.
Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.
The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year.
“Our Saltcoats bakery has never seen the like” said Scottish Baker of the Year2016 Stephen McAllister of The Kandy Bar as his bakery played host to the new face of the competition, Michelle McManus and a host of other well known faces for the launch of the 2017 search for the Scottish Baker of the Year.
Singing sensation and the new face of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition Michelle McManus along with World Of Sport Champion Wrestler Grado took on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five presenters David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch in a bake-off with a difference.
The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017 came to a climax today as Brownings the Bakers of Kilmarnock were announced as the 18th winner of the competition making them THE WORLD SCOTCH PIE CHAMPION OF 2017.