Welcome for growth of Scottish food and drink industry

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Local SNP MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed news that Scotland’s food and drink industry has enjoyed a period of growth.

Mr Dey said that the most recent figures, which cover 2012, reveal that the industry is in an extremely strong position with growth of 4.8 per cent, achieving almost £14 billion annual turnover.

This is a rise of around £639 million from 2011.

Targets were set by the industry in 2009 to reach £12.5 billion by 2017, but that was met six years early with Scotland’s food and drink sales excelling to a record high.

Mr Dey, who sits as depute convener on the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, said: “Scotland’s food and drink industry is thriving and that is to be welcomed.

“In my own constituency there are numerous examples of this rich and vibrant sector including of course the famous Arbroath Smokie. But it is important that we continue to nurture this growing industry, which is so important for jobs and the wider economy.”

The latest figures come just three days after the launch of a new Scottish Government report on Scotland’s Future and Food and Drink

It sets out how the powers of independence will give a further boost to a growing food and drink sector.

Commenting on the report, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, said: “It is fantastic to see that Scotland’s food and drink industry is once again achieving ground breaking success.

“Not only do these figures demonstrate the quality of our produce, they are taste of further success to come as the powers of independence can help further boost turnover.

“That is why this Government is taking action to ensure our farmers and producers up and down the country are supported as they continue to drive up standards.

“It is their unfaltering commitment to the excellence and quality that has rightly given Scotland our global reputation for unrivalled food and drink.”