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.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), along with Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Enterprise is holding a series of events to discuss the emerging 2030 food and drink industry strategy.
A food and drink action plan aimed at helping employers attract a new generation of skilled professionals was launched by the industry in January.
October saw the release by an industry-led working group of a strategy seeking to double the size of Scotland’s aquaculture industry by 2030.
Two Moray businessmen launched a new joint venture after HIE recommended they take part in Scotland Can Do Scale.
Major refurbishment of a rural hotel in Sutherland has created new jobs and resulted in the establishment’s busiest year yet.