New contracts for Scottish gin, seafood and cheese
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed news that Scottish food and drink companies have secured £8 million of export sales to North America.
Companies including Associated Seafoods, Fife-based Eden Mill Distillery and Mara Seaweed in Edinburgh have all secured contracts to sell their products in supermarkets and restaurants across the USA.
The news comes as it was announced that Scotland’s total food and drink exports to North America reached £1 billion in 2016, with the US topping food and drink export markets.
The First Minister welcomed the news during a food and drink showcase to more than 100 North American buyers and industry influencers in New York last week.
She said: “Scotland’s food and drink sector remains one of our strongest export markets and the latest figures show how important North American business is to our producers.
“The news that Scottish business is thriving and securing multi-million pound contracts is fantastic, and it is especially encouraging to see so many independent businesses doing so well.
“The links between Scotland and the USA have always been strong, and today’s announcement shows that they will continue for years to come.”
Dr Lena Wilson, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Our Food & Drink industry is going from strength to strength and it is really encouraging to see continued export success in North America. We have been working with our Food & Drink partners across Scotland to open doors for companies with international ambitions.
“This Showcase demonstrates Scotland’s credentials as a ‘Land of Food & Drink’ – showcasing the best we have to offer, from our traditional Scotch whisky and salmon through to newer flavours on the global menu, such as small-batch gins, craft beers and artisan cheeses. It provides a strong platform to raise our profile in this key market and generate additional business for companies and income for Scotland.”