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Record Food and Drink sales must benefit struggling farmers

Those benefitting from Scotland’s record-breaking Food and Drink success story need to better share their rewards with the nation’s farm production base.

NFU Scotland was reacting to today’s announcement from Scottish Government that growth in turnover for Scotland’s food and drink sector is at a record high of £14.3 billion for 2013.

That positive news is in stark contrast to the difficulties being endured at farm level this year where extreme price pressure, challenging weather, lower levels of support and increased red tape are challenging confidence in the sector.

The Union has called on the Scottish Government to urgently progress its ‘Fairer Framework’ initiative to drive forward fundamental change in the way retailers and the food service sector treat those who supply them with their goods.

NFU Scotland President Allan Bowie said: “While turnover for Scotland’s food and drink is at a new record high, the reality is that incomes for those at the start of the chain are heading in the complete opposite direction.

“These figures indicate that there are significant parts of the supply chain that are doing well out of the Scotland Food and Drink success story.  While that is positive, it is vital that they fairly share the rewards with those doing the hard work on the ground and don’t simply step back and allow farmers to take all the risks.

“Scottish farmers rightly see themselves as being at the heart of our successful food and drink sector and in recent weeks many of our sheep and dairy farmers have been happy to speak face-to-face with consumers about the hard work involved in putting food and drink on the table.

“But unless Scottish Government, retailers and other parts of the food chain wake up to the damage that poor prices are currently wreaking on farmers, then the amount of raw material available from our primary production base of family-run farms will be eroded.

“Scottish Government takes great pride in the support that it delivers to the food and drink sector.  For farmers, we want to see them back up those words with action that allows our producers to be competitive.  That means an end to gold-plating and the insidious creep of rules that are slowly but surely strangling farm businesses and making us less competitive with others.

“At the other end of the chain, we welcome Richard Lochhead’s ‘Fairer Framework’ initiative to drive forward fundamental change in the way retailers and the food service sector treat those who supply them with their goods. That must be progressed with urgency. 

“And we welcome that the Scottish food and drink story is being taken out to a growing international audience, with new brands – such as dairy, pork, venison and lamb – badly needing to piggy-back on the growth of our world leaders like whisky, seed potatoes and beef.”

Notes to Editors

  • Scotland’s food and drink growth sector generated turnover of approx. £14.3 billion in 2013, up 4.0% (£550 million) from the revised 2012 estimate (£13.8 billion).
  • Between 2008 and 2013, turnover in Scotland's food and drink growth sector rose 24% (£2.8 billion) from £11.6 billion in 2008.
  • In 2013, Scotland’s food and drink growth sector generated GVA of approx. £5.3 billion, up 11.6% (£544 million) from the revised 2012 estimate (£4.7 billion).
  • Between 2008 and 2013, GVA in Scotland’s food and drink growth sector rose 9.8% (£468 million) from approx. £4.8 billion in 2008.
  • Food and drink manufacturing continues to account for a large share of the food and drink growth sector’s turnover (74%) and GVA (74%).
  • Over the period 2008 to 2013, turnover growth in Scotland’s food and drink manufacturing sector (22%) outperformed that exhibited by the UK food and drink manufacturing sector (11.0%), the whole manufacturing sector in Scotland (-17%) and the whole manufacturing sector in the UK (5.2%).

For more information contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006 or email: media@nfus.org.uk

Date Published:

News Article No.: 174/15


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