Food and drink is one of Scotland’s key growth sectors with ambitions to grow from £13.1Bn today to £16.5Bn by 2017 and to £30Bn by 2030.
Perth City Region is the natural location for any company in the sector to base itself.
• At almost 1,000 food & drink businesses, the area has the largest concentration of sector-specific businesses in Scotland
• Half of Scotland’s population is accessible within an hour’s drive
• Annual turnover in the sector is estimated at £310 million
• Approximately 130 companies operate in the value added/processing sector
• Locally-based production and processing facilities include Highland Spring, Inveralmond Brewery, Simon Howie Foods, Stewarts of Tayside, Bruce Farms, ABP Foods, Summer Harvest Oils, Taylors Food Group and Thomas Thomson
• The area also has a strong whisky heritage, with distillery production across the region in Methven, Aberfeldy, Blackford, Crieff and Pitlochry and strong brand association with Bells, Dewars and the Famous Grouse
• Perth has the highest ratio of restaurants to population of any Scottish city including Scotland’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year – 63 Tay Street
• There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, markets and shops offering the local produce: from the sophisticated eateries and delis of Perth itself, to rural restaurants with rooms and farm shops, and thriving Farmer’s Markets across the region: all offering the opportunity to buy and eat fresh, seasonal food at its best.
The area’s national significance for the sector has been recognised through the new national Perth Food & Drink Park, which provides serviced development land, business infrastructure and support facilities.
Invest in Perth, and our local business support partners, can provide well-targeted, quality guidance and support to those seeking to operate here. In addition, businesses can access support through a number of local organisations specialising in research, innovation and skills in and around the sector; including the James Hutton Institute, Binn Eco Park, Perth College UHI and Food Innovation @ Abertay.