Figures show sales of Scottish produce on the rise on supermarket shelves
Co-op has released the statistics ahead of celebrations for Scotland’s Food and Drink fortnight
Sales of Scottish products in Co-op stories are up 33 per cent in the last year, new statistics from the retailer reveal.
The biggest increase has reportedly been seen across the bakery aisle – sweet and savoury produce from the likes of Glasgow-based Mcghee’s, Aberdeenshire’s Murdoch Allan and Stornoway’s Stag Bakery have recorded a 45 per cent rise.
Prepared meals, including Bells Pies and Mcintosh of Strathmore’s ready meals, are also up 45 per cent, whilst locally brewed ales and spirits from brands including Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer and Edinburgh’s Pickering’s Gin have seen an increase of almost 40 per cent.
Dairy items have also experienced an increase in sales of 28 per cent on last year.
The Co-op released its latest figures in the run up to Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight which launches on Sunday.
John Mcneill, Co-op’s managing director in Scotland, said: “It’s great to see that we Scots are so patriotic when it comes to what we eat and drink. We have a proud heritage in producing some of the most delicious delicacies in the world and we know that our customers and members are passionate about buying food that has been produced on home soil.”
Stuart Mcghee of Mcghee’s Bakery said: “Our crispy and soft rolls are now best sellers across the country and we’re delighted to help support Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which is a great celebration of our booming food industry.”
Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, praised the figures.
“As we get ready to celebrate Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, these fantastic figures provide yet more evidence that people are increasingly looking to buy quality Scottish produce.
“Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, with exports worth a record £5.5 billion in 2016.
“We are working hard to support our producers to generate sustainable growth and further boost demand for Scottish produce both at home and abroad.
“Our supermarkets have a key role to play in helping us achieve our ambitions.”
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