The food and drink industry is a major contributor to Scotland's economy with one in five people in manufacturing working in the sector. As well as the economy, food impacts on many other aspects of Scottish life including our health and the environment.
Scottish Land & Estates is working with the Scottish Government and others to promote the food and drink opportunities for rural businesses through our Rural Enterprise Demo Days
and is also promoting the grow your own agenda through its involvement in the national Grow Your Own Working Group.
Food production is central to our Food and Environmental Security policy for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
In 2009 the Scottish Government produced a National Food and Drink Policy
, and in 2010 held a National Food and Drink Conference. The aim of the policy is to is to promote Scotland's sustainable economic growth by ensuring that the Scottish Government's focus in relation to food and drink, and in particular our work with Scotland's food and drink industry, addresses quality, health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability, recognising the need for access and affordability at the same time. Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website