The Scottish food and drink industry is worth around £14bn a year and is one of the most significant contributors to Scotland’s economy.
The industry accounts for one in five manufacturing jobs with more than 18,850 food and drink businesses operating in Scotland, employing more than 115,400 people.
The sector has been identified by the Scottish Government as a key growth sector in its Economic Strategy.
The Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards intend to recognise and reward the outstanding branded and own label food and drink products available for sale in Scottish retail outlets, from the smallest farm shop or deli through Scotland’s 5,000 convenience and symbol stores to the largest supermarkets and discounters.
As Scottish consumers become increasingly interested in the quality and provenance of their food and drink this represents a hugely exciting opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic quality of products available across the entire Scottish retailing channel.