Scots overseas food, drink exports at record £8.1bn


Overseas exports of Scottish food and drink reached the highest figure on record in 2022, new statistics from HMRC show.

Scotland’s overseas food and drink exports rose 30.6% to £8.1 billion in 2022, according to HMRC’s regional trade figures.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “It is hugely welcome to see Scotland’s food and drink exports were worth a record £8.1 billion in 2022, up by almost a third (30.6%) on the previous year.

“This is testament to the quality, innovation and skill shown by everyone working in the industry across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

She added: “The food and drink industry is vital to Scotland. It creates jobs, wealth and helps attract people to the country by promoting our produce around the globe.

“The Scottish Government has long supported the sector – particularly through the various challenges of the last few years caused by Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine and rising inflation.

“We have worked with industry to strengthen and unlock markets across the globe for Scottish producers through the Scotland Food and Drink Export Plan.”