We all know how important food and drink are to keep us alive but these fundimentals are important to the ecconomy of our country as well. In Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight we celebrate the greatness of the Scottish larder and promote it to the rest of the world.
Scottish Food & Drink Facts
Did you know that the food and drink industry sector in Scotland provides employment for over 340,000 people and has an annual turnover of £14.3 billion.
Scotland is the third largest producer of farmed salmon in the world today. After whisky seafood is Scotland's second largest export to over 100 countries. There are over 2000 fishing boats in Scotland with over 5000 fisherman working on them.
Scottish bee, lamb and pork are world renouned for their quality and in 2009 and 2011 Scotch beef and lamb won the Bocuse D'Or award nominated by top chefs from around the world.
Scotch Whisky is the most popular spirit in the world and is shipped out to 200 markets worldwide.
Dairy Goodness - Anuga was started in 2015 with 11 participating processors and 40 producers. It has a 3 - tier scheme for heritage, artisan and organic milk products.
Craft distilleries producing beers, gin, vodka and even rum are alive and well in Scotland today and there are now 80 craft breweries producing 108.3 million barrels in the UK in 2015.
For Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight we are encouraged to;
Eat more Scottish food
Teach children more about the food from this great country of ours
To get involved and find out more about the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight go to their web site here.