Food and Drink

Plate of food- Roast dinner 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.


Industry Support Executive (food and drink)
Opportunity North East
11 Queens Gardens
AB15 4YD
Telephone: 01224 061121

Economic Development Marketing and Events Officer 
Economic Development
Infrastructure Services
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
AB16 5GB
Telephone: 01467 539225
Email: food&

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