Scots prefer homegrown food and drink
Co-op sees surge in Scottish produce
Pitlochry store manager, Barry Jardine, with Stuarts of Buckhaven pies
Scottish food and drink is proving popular among Co-op shoppers with sales of home-grown produce across its 350 stores up by 33% year-on-year.
The biggest increase has been in the bakery aisle from the likes of Glasgow-based McGhee’s, Aberdeenshire’s Murdoch Allan and Stornoway’s Stag Bakery which up 45%.
Prepared meals, including Bells Pies and McIntosh of Strathmore’s ready meals, ahave risen by the same rate, while 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%.
Dairy items have see sales up by 28% on last year.
The Co-op, which works with more than 900 Scottish farmers, carries almost 2,000 Scottish lines and over 120 Scottish brands in its stores.
Its latest figures come in the run up to Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight which launches on Sunday 2 September.
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.”
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing addd: “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 has enjoyed exports worth a record £5.5 billion in 2016.