The BBC reports that the food and drink sector was playing a key role in Scotland’s economic recovery. Sales in Scotland’s food and drink sector soared by £1bn in 2008, according to latest official figures.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead revealed sales grew from £10.2bn to £11.2bn between 2007 and 2008.
Turnover increased by a similar amount, edging the sector closer to the £12.5bn target set for 2017.
“We have producers, suppliers, fishermen, farmers and manufacturers to be extremely proud of. Consumers, at home and abroad, have also played a vital role by recognising Scotland’s quality food and drink sector.”
Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, said: “The latest industry figures are very encouraging and evidence the significant progress Scotland Food and Drink is making towards delivering our mission to grow the sector to a £12.5bn industry.”
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