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Food businesses expand by 25 per cent

Published: 3 Sep 2015 10:00

Food Secretary applauds entrepreneurs for driving forward Scotland’s ever growing food and drink industry.

The number of food establishments across Scotland rocketed by more than 25 per cent between 2008 and 2014, Food Secretary Richard Lochhead announced today.

Speaking at the RBS Food and Drink conference, the Cabinet Secretary revealed there had been mass growth across the entire sector – despite much of the period being a time of economic struggles for many companies.

He said:

"A 25 per cent increase in the number of food establishments across Scotland in just six years indicates the outstanding strength of Scotland's food and drink sector, and are particularly welcome during the Year of Food and Drink.

"Every group in the industry – manufacturers and packers, importers and exporters, distributors and transporters, retailers, restaurants and caterers – reported significant increases in the number of establishments in their area over this six year period.

"Simply put, that is incredible. For the industry to achieve that level of growth over such a short time, during an economic downturn is nothing short of fantastic, and a testament to the people who work in the sector.

"It also highlights the 'can do' attitude of so many people across the country, indicating that Scotland is working its way towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial nation – so many of these establishments are brand new businesses, powered by hard-working, driven individuals and I take my hat off to them for playing such an important role in a sector that is vital to Scotland's economy."

The industry continues to grow and improve, with a 68 per cent increase in the number of establishments importing and exporting produce.

The restaurant and catering sector saw an increase of 30 per cent, while retailers have risen by more than 12 per cent.

Earlier this year the Cabinet Secretary launched the new Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme that will invest £70 million into food and drink processing in Scotland by 2020.

Notes to editors

Research was carried out by Food Standards Scotland. Profiles were taken across the main groups in the food sector including manufacturers, exporters, retailers and restaurants.

In summary:

  • There has been a year on year increase in the number of food establishments across these sectors with an overall increase of 25.5% within six years
  • The largest increase is within the restaurant and catering sector which shows a 30% increase during the period
  • The year of most significant growth across all sectors was 2009-10 with an increase of 14.6%

This data has been gathered from Local Authority figures reported to the FSA and reflects the overall numbers of establishments rather than businesses. It does not include data relating to primary producers e.g. farms.

Year

Manufacturer and Packers

Importer/exporter

Distributer/ Transporter

Retailer

Restaurants & caterers

Total

2013-14

2926

84

842

12215

41057

57,124

2012-13

2777

55

876

12010

39760

55,478

2011-12

2615

48

853

11903

38817

54,236

2010-11

2580

45

830

11879

37612

52,946

2009-10

2462

48

828

11966

36865

52,169

2008-9

2246

50

778

10868

31585

45,527

% increase

30.20%

68%

8.20%

12.30%

30%

25.5%