Farming, Fisheries, Food & Drink

The UK Fisheries Bill

"The Bill certainly uses the word ‘opportunities’ a lot especially in the place of the word ‘quotas’. Control over quotas, sorry opportunities, will be with the UK Government in London. Management of fisheries will ‘normally’ be with the devolved administrations which means that can also be controlled by the UK Government in London. The whole shebang will cost unknown amounts of money to set up and administer. And we still have to sell the fish."

Scottish Food Tourism Strategy

Scotland’s economy could be boosted by £1billion as a result of a new strategy to develop the already booming food and drink and tourism industries. The industry-led plan will deliver a range of actions aimed at maximising the potential of tourism and food and drink – two of Scotland’s most successful sectors – and turning the country into an international leader in food tourism

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.’