Whisky and salmon boost food and drink exports

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Scotland’s subsistence and drink exports have grown by more than 10% in a year, new numerals show.

Sales hit £1.2bn in the first three months of 2017, up £124m (11%) on the verbatim at the same time period in 2016.

Scotch whisky and Scottish salmon topped the UK export plot in the first quarter of 2017.

They made up 22% of the value of total prog and drink exports from the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s national mothers ruin was the highest value export at £875.8m, up £79m (9.9%) year-on-year, while tot up food exports were up £45.5m (14%).

Fish and seafood was the largest eatables sector, up £48.3m (30.8%).

Exports of animal feed jumped by 56.5% to £34.5m and dairy and eggs stir up by 40.4% to £21.7m, but cereal exports fell 42.6% to £32.3m while busy animals and meat both dropped £300,000, down 2.1% and 1.5% separately.

The European Union remains Scotland’s largest regional export demand outside of the UK, with exports growing by £50m.

‘Tariff barriers’

Sylvan Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the figures underlined the penury for Scottish involvement in Brexit negotiations.

He said: «2016 was a record year for Scotland’s provisions and drink exports and these new figures clearly show that the sector is succeeding from strength to strength.

«What is clear from these icons is that maintaining access to the EU single market is crucial for our food and swallow producers and our wider economy.

«Losing access will put Scottish persistence at a significant disadvantage, exposing business to damaging export tariff walls and regulatory requirements.

«The prime minister must include the Scottish sway at the Brexit negotiating table, with the starting point for any new approach the persist in membership of the Single Market and Customs Union.»

Mr Ewing’s UK counterpart, Michael Gove, implied the UK government would use Brexit «to develop new trade relationships» that help Scottish food producers.

Speaking ahead of a visit to the Royal Highland Ostentation in Edinburgh next week, he said: «Our ambition is for the UK to become a truly worldwide trading nation and there are great opportunities for Scotland’s most prominent exports such as Scotch, salmon and gin to take advantage of the growing investment in British food and drink around the world.

«As we prepare to leave the EU, we are obstinate to develop new trade relationships that benefit Scottish farmers and aliment producers — and I look forward to discussing these opportunities at the Royal Highland Presentation.»

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