Perth city and the wider region has long since been regarded as a world-leader in premium agricultural and horticultural produce including soft fruit, beef, cereals, potatoes and brassicas.

In addition to this, it boasts a plethora of Scotch Whisky distilleries, the world-famous Tay Salmon fishing, and thanks to its strategic location, is a hub for food logistics and international brands such as Highland Spring.

Today Perth plays a pivotal role in world-leading developments across agriculture, plant and crop science, securing its place at the forefront of the food and drink industry in Scotland. There are currently over 1000 food and drink businesses, thriving and growing in the 5286km2 area of Perth and wider region.

Driven by the Business Growth team, this flourishing industry benefits significantly from continued investment and these businesses jointly generate £750 million per annum. The commitment to connecting food producers, innovators and their supporting industry with the rest of Scotland, the UK and international export customers is ongoing.

Opportunities to build on this success are now underway, including the £7.6M purpose-built Perth Food and Drink Park and a £10M industry-specific investment in agritech and food innovation via Tay Cities Deal.