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

The Scotsman - - Scottish Perspective -

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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