Scots product sales up 33% at Co-op

Figures released by the Co-op show that sales of Scottish products across its 350 stores are up 33% year-on-year.

The biggest increase has been seen on the bakery aisle – with sales of sweet and savoury products from the likes of Glasgow-based McGhee’s, Aberdeenshire’s Murdoch Allan and Stornoway’s Stag Bakery rising 45%.

Prepared meals, including Bells Pies and McIntosh of Strathmore’s ready meals, are also up 45%, while locally brewed ales and spirits from brands including Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer and Edinburgh’s Pickering’s Gin have seen an increase of almost 40%.

Dairy items have seen an increase in sales of 28% on last year.

The Co-op said it works with more than 900 Scottish farmers, carries almost 2,000 Scottish lines and more than 120 Scottish brands in its stores.

John McNeill, Co-op’s managing director in Scotland, said: “We have a proud heritage in producing some of the most delicious delicacies in the world and we know that our customers and members are passionate about buying food that has been produced on home soil.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, commented: “Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, with exports worth a record £5.5 billion in 2016.

“We are working hard to support our producers to generate sustainable growth and further boost demand for Scottish produce both at home and abroad.

“Our supermarkets have a key role to play in helping us achieve our ambitions.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Co-op’s ranging manager, said: “At the Co-op we’re committed to promoting these prized locally-sourced products that are made right here in Scotland.

“With sales figures rising so sharply over the past 12 months, we know our customers are enjoying the ranges we’ve got on offer.

“We hope they’ll use Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight as a great excuse to pop into their local store and discover our ever-growing range of Scottish-sourced products.”