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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08336: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to grow Scotland’s food and drink exports.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 10 April 2017

The Scotland Food & Drink partnership has developed an export plan which was launched in March 2014 to help the industry achieve export growth and build Scotland’s international reputation as a “Land of Food and Drink” by targeting specific market opportunities across the globe. The partnership has identified 15 priority markets for Scotland, including ‘top prospect’ markets where we have dedicated Food & Drink specialists to open doors with customers, provide market insights and make connections with Scottish suppliers and The Scottish Government is committed to contributing to funding of the £4.5m plan until March 2019.

The latest HMRC statistics show that overseas food and drink exports were worth a record £5.5bn in 2016 and the new industry led strategy, "Ambition 2030", sets out a clear structure for doubling the turnover value of the sector over the next 13 years with a key focus on growing our markets both at home and abroad.