Harris Distillery brings vital economic boost to the Western Isles
From world-class beef and lamb to fresh fish and shellfish, traditional shortbread, Scottish oatcakes and malt whisky, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has it all.
The food and drink sector in the Highlands and Islands contributes £1 billion to the economy. Our region is renowned for producing high quality food and drink products. Businesses range from large global enterprises through to specialist niche producers, supporting some 32,000 jobs, often in more remote areas.
Not only is the food and drink industry a significant economic driver with great potential for further development, but the quality of our food and drink products play a key role in defining the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to the rest of the world.
Beinn an Tuirc Distillery on Torrisdale Estate near Campbeltown was officially opened on 6 August by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy.
Food and drink companies from across the Highlands and Islands got a taste of global markets when they met with international experts about how to reach consumers around the world.
Speyside Distillery has created a new visitor experience in Aviemore. The Snug opened in June, following a £200,000 investment by the company and £90,767 from HIE.
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are celebrating after being crowned winners at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2018.
A new report has called for more promotion of Scotland’s aquaculture sector and supply chain as a rewarding long-term career choice, particularly for young people and for women.