David Thomson, CEO of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) – the
voice of Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers, said:
“It was fantastic to see Scottish food and drink given such prominence in
the Scottish Government’s programme.
“The Scottish Government's Programme for Government has
lots of innovative ideas to support Scottish businesses alongside plans for an
Obesity Strategy, a Good Food Nation Bill, and a Circular Economy and Zero
“We are committed to working with Government and other partners on these
initiatives and delivering sustainable growth for our economy, strengthening
skills base and investing in innovation.
“We are delighted that the vital contribution of our sector continues to
be recognised, with food manufacturing identified as a key growth sector in
Scotland. In fact, Scottish Government data show that the food manufacturing
grew at twice the rate of the UK average, increasing by 43% in Scotland
to 21% in the UK from 2008-2014. The latest data also show that the sector has
increased productivity by almost 6%.”