Statistics at a Glance

A successful food and drink sector is a vital component of a healthy Scottish economy and is classed as a priority industry.

  1. We employ around 45,000 people, 25% of the Scottish manufacturing workforce
  2. Our gross value added to the economy is £3.8bn, 30.7% of Scottish manufacturing value added
  3. We are Scotland's largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 28.9% of total manufacturing turnover
  4. 95% of our businesses are SMEs
  5. We have 1,015 food and drink manufacturing businesses
  6. In 2015, food and drink exports from Scotland have increased by 1.2% to £4,8bn
  7. Food and drink manufacturing accounts for around 73% of Scotland's full supply chain turnover & 59% of the number of people it employs
  8. We will need 19,000 new recruits by 2024 to meet the skills need of the sector

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Please note, FDF Scotland previously calculated stats on food and soft drink manufacturing; we now use stats for food and drink manufacturing – including alcohol.

Please contact Kirsty Ritchie for more information.