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 more than 36,000 people, 19% of the Scottish manufacturing workforce
  2. Our gross value added to the economy is £1.9bn, 14.2% of the Scottish manufacturing value added
  3. We are Scotland's largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 18.8% of total manufacturing turnover
  4. 97% of our businesses are micro to medium-sized
  5. We have 891 businesses
  6. Over the last ten years food exports from Scotland have increased by more than 50% to £815m in 2014
  7. Food and drink manufacturing accounts for around 45% of Scotland's full supply chain turnover & the number of people it employs
  8. We will need 19,000 new recruits by 2024 to meet the skills need of the sector