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.
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.
Our series of case study videos to mark the Year of Young People 2018 kicks off this month with a feature on 18-year-old Finlay Macdonald of Chocolates of Glenshiel.
Launching today, the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards 2018 are calling for entries from businesses across the region.
Recent VisitScotland figures have highlighted that 62%* of holidaymakers to Scotland said trying locally sourced food and drink is an important part of their visit.
The first mussel spat reared at the Scottish Shellfish Hatchery Stepping Stone project in Shetland was transferred to on-growing sites at sea in November.