North East MSP Christian Allard has welcomed the publication of Scottish Government National Statistics which show Scotland’s international exports increased by £1.4bn to £26bn in 2012.
The SNP MSP said the news that food and beverage exports remain the largest sector of Scotland’s total exports is particularly positive for the North-east where many food and beverage producers are based.
The North East is home to whisky distilleries like Glen Garioch and the Royal Lochnagar as well as food manufactures producing high quality fish, Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb.
The eleventh Global Connections Survey confirms that the top exporting industry in 2012 was food and beverages at £4.7bn.
Exports of manufactured food and drink are estimated at £4.7 billion rising by £455m (10.8%) over the previous year. Exports from the whisky industry, the major constituent of the food and drink manufacturing sector is estimated at £3.9bn - a rise of £400m.
Commenting, Mr Allard said: “This is very positive news, particularly for the North East where there are a number of food and beverage producers plying their trade.
“I am delighted to see another of the North East’s core industries performing so well.”