Food and drink
Developing a diverse range of traditional and emerging markets.
One of Scotland's manufacturing powerhouses.
Home to more than half of the country’s whisky distilleries and some of its best-known food producers, Moray sends a flavour of Scottish manufacturing from the north east to the world. But its manufacturing output goes well beyond earthy confinement.
Leading Scottish brands such as Walkers Shortbread and Baxter’s Food Group, makers of the popular Baxter’s soups, have their headquarters in Moray.
The food and drinks industry is a major employer. Here, there are more manufacturing jobs per head of population than any other part of Scotland. It is also home to French IT contractors Atos, a growing band of digi-tech businesses as well as luxury cashmere clothing suppliers Johnstons of Elgin. Among these stellar enterprises, spaceflight firm Orbex go further than the rest, manufacturing its orbital launch vehicle Prime in the town of Forres.
With close links to the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, Moray’s villages and towns combine a sense of history and tradition with modernity in a rural landscape. The ancient city of Elgin is the central node in a network of smaller market towns including Forres, Keith and Buckie. The village of Findhorn boasts a thriving alternative arts and culture scene, while Tomintoul skirts the breathtaking natural beauty of the Cairngorms National Park, a gateway for adventure seekers, nature lovers and holidaying families alike.
jobs in manufacturing
increase predicted for construction sector by 2028
business start ups each year
The support we’ve received from HIE over the past five years has enabled us to expand sooner into products such as salmon and chicken jerky. This has also broadened our product appeal in markets across Europe, North America and Asia.Alan Craig, Director, Meatsnacks Group
Atos opened its Moray Development and Innovation Centre in the town of Forres in 2013, and employs over 150 people delivering digital services across the UK and offshore
Margaret Reynolds tells us about her Entrepreneurship support.
The Meatsnacks Group is the largest producer of jerky and biltong in Europe
Digital connections from Moray
Forres firm at the forefront of solar technology in Scotland.
Meet the social enterprise redirecting tonnes of quality, usable items away from landfill to new homes.
Growing a greener business
ReBOOT is a Forres based social enterprise which e-uses and recycles IT devices.
A Moray based entrepreneur has developed a new biodegradable and sustainable fabric from a cashmere by-product
Find out more about the dominant sectors found in the Moray area.
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