Farming, Fisheries, Food & Drink

Farming Matters

"Normally such an upbeat and positive speaker, Quality Meat Scotland chief Jim McClaren’s message could not have been starker. He outlined a “doomsday scenario” for the sheep industry . Loss of markets to major trading partners. Unrestricted imports from other countries. Michael Gove had, he said, already written off the sheep industry as a bargaining chip in negotiations for future trade deals. The Scottish sheep sector’s reliance on export market – mainly to Europe – could not be underestimated, as only 10% of Scottish produced lamb stays in Scotland."

Scotch Whisky Exports Grow To Almost £2bn

Scotch Whisky exports rose to almost £2 billion in the first half of the year. Exports increased in value by 10.8% to £1.97 billion, compared with the same period in 2017. Analysis of official HMRC figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) also shows the volume of exports increased by 5.6% to almost 558 million bottles. Exports to emerging markets continued to grow, with a 34.8% increase in the value of Scotch Whisky going to China, and a 44.4% increase to India. The US remains the largest export market by value at over £400 million, with France largest by volume at almost 90 million bottles. The European Union remains the biggest regional destination, accounting for 39% of the volume of Scotch Whisky exports and 31% of their value.’

Lack Of Brexit Clarity About Protected Named Status

“The time is right for us to see some concrete assurances from the UK Government that not only do you consider GIs and protection of our world-renowned produce of great importance and will seek to continue the protection offered by holding the status, but that the UK Government will give them their rightful place at the forefront of future trade negotiations." Fergus Ewing.