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.
Work to establish two new distilleries is underway in Lochaber and Skye in the Scottish Highlands.
Multi-million pound projects at Drimnin Distillery on the Morvern Peninsula and Torabhaig Distillery in the south of Skye attracted a total of £881,000 investment from development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Fourteen food and drink businesses from the Highlands and Islands are among those displaying their products at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London 4-6 September.
The first batches of seaweed have been harvested and processed by a new food and drink business in Wick.
Breweries from the Highlands and Islands have been shortlisted in every category in the Scottish Beer Awards.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) congratulates five of the region’s businesses which scooped food ‘oscars’ at the 2016 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards last night (Thursday 2 June).