Food and Drink
We recognise that food and drink, and its relationships to the traditional industries of farming and fishing, is vitally important to the growth of the Aberdeenshire economy.
Food and drink is a significant part of North East Scotland's economy, with more than 22,000 people directly employed in the sector:
- 51% in agriculture
- 32% in food manufacturing
- 11% in fishing
- 6% in drinks
This makes it critically important to the success of the Scottish food and drink sector.
Food and drink is a key sector in our Economic Development Strategy. The aim of this strategy is to attract and support businesses. It is done by generating sustainable economic growth, diversification and regeneration within our area and the wider region. View our food and drink economic development leaflet (pdf 2.17MB).
North East Scotland Food and Drink Network
We work in partnership with Opportunity North East to deliver the North East Scotland Food and Drink Network (formerly Grampian Food Forum). The aim of the partnership is to support the growth of the region’s food and drink sector.
We organise networking and dining events. These events are important communication channel to impart topical or specialist information. They also help people to identify customers and suppliers and to share best business practice. For more information or to subscribe to the mailing list, contact our Industry Support Executive.
North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards
We organise the North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards in partnership with Opportunity North East. The annual awards celebrate innovation and excellence while rewarding success in the food and drink sector. Free to enter, they are open to food and drink producers based in the north east.