2016: Food Heroes

A central message running through Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2016 was the importance of farmers and fishermen to the food and drink industry.

This is a collection of producer stories we gathered in 2016, scroll down to discover some key facts about our primary producers and to meet our 2016 Scottish Food Heroes!

Key facts about Scotland’s primary producers:

  • Scotland’s farmers, crofters and growers produce output worth around £2.3 billion a year, and are responsible for much of Scotland’s £400 million food exports, rising to £2.4 billion if whisky exports are included
  • Scotland is the largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the EU, (93% of total EU production), and the third largest in the world
  • Scottish agriculture produces £3 billion of high quality food and drink annually, roughly 21% of the total value of the sector
  • Scottish Government estimates that around 5,000 jobs are reliant on the aquaculture industry in Scotland
  • In 2015, at Anuga, Germany, the Scottish Dairy brand was launched – all products under the brand are manufactured in Scotland using 100% Scottish milk
  • The worldwide retail value of Scottish farmed salmon is over £1 billion
  • Scotland grows 42% of the UK’s spring barley, which underpins the booming Scotch whisky industry


Check out the stories below to meet some of Scotland’s food heroes, and be on the lookout for new stories to be shared!



Carr’s Flour Mills

A chat with Duncan Monroe, Managing Director of the legendary Carr’s Flour Mills.

Jeremy Dixon, Ochil Foods

Catch up with Jeremy Dixon of third-generation family business Ochil Foods, a leading supplier of quality Scottish produce to the restaurant and catering trade.

Duchess of Argyll, Best of the West Festival

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight caught up with the Duchess of Argyll ahead of the much-loved Best of the West Festival of music, arts and food festival held in the Castle grounds, 10th -11th.

Freedom Bakery

Freedom Bakery is a social enterprise artisan bakery in Glasgow.

How Aldi Supports Scottish Producers

With an in-store range made up of over 30% Scottish products, Aldi is proud to celebrate Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and all the top quality home grown food and drink being made in Scotland.

Xa Milne, Mara Seaweed

Mara Seaweed has won a string of awards and received praise from many top chefs – what’s been the secret of your success?

Martin Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillers

Our story started back in 2014 when my wife Claire and I finally decided to try and turn our dream of owning our very own distillery into a reality.

Neil Forbes, Chef

I’m forever telling people that I have the best job in the world. It comes as a surprise to some folk, but it’s true.

Matthew Ramsay, Fisherman

Matthew has been a fisherman for 30 years, a skipper for 20 years. His family has been fishing for generations since 1968.

David Milne, Fisherman

Davie’s father and uncles were fishermen; he worked at sea with his father when he was younger.

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