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, Rannoch Smokery, 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.