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Food and drink

Industry Sector


With its salmon-filled waters, world-renowned distilleries and rich larder of produce, it’s no wonder Scotland is a global leader in food and drink. It’s the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland and a major contributor to the economy, exporting products around the world.

There are so many exciting and interesting jobs that make up the industry. You could be working outdoors, farming crops and livestock. You might be at sea catching or farming fish. Or you could get involved in food production, from new product development to working as a food scientist, technologist or engineer. You might also be working on the marketing of products or could be working in procurement and transport and logistics to make sure products are available to buy.

Paper qualifications, although always helpful, aren’t essential for all jobs in the sector, there are entry level jobs that will take you into the industry and offer opportunities for progression. There are also Modern Apprenticeship opportunities and jobs for graduates too. Whether you dream of working on the land, getting involved in production, or taking care of things behind the scenes, enthusiasm, a practical approach and great communication skills are key.

The Industry Now

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland

Average weekly gross pay is £403.43

18,850 food and drink businesses exist in Scotland

The Scottish sector employs around 115,400 people

The Future

The industry is predicted to need more recruits who understand sustainability

Food and drink is one of seven sectors with the potential to speed up Scotland’s economic growth

Growth in sales of premium products is forecast to add £1bn to Scotland by 2017

The people

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