Many people around the world will see in 2012 with a dram - and whisky was just one of the success stories for Scotland’s food and drink in the past year.
With overall food exports breaking the £1 billion mark and whisky exports also at a record high, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead hailed 2011 as a momentous year:
“Scotland’s food and drink industry has just experienced a record-breaking year and consumers at home and abroad are enjoying and celebrating our larder like never before.
“Despite a difficult economic environment in 2011, our food and drink sectors have exceeded all expectations and are now a huge success story.
“There is a great deal that we can be proud of and I’m sure we will continue to build on these successes in 2012.
“Exports are continuing to rise and we are committed to helping the industry deliver a 50 per cent increase in the value of exports by 2016. So it’s great news that there are a number of key growth markets - including China, South Africa and Poland - where exports of Scottish produce are seeing significant growth.
“Thanks to our quality ingredients, clean environment and passionate producers, Scotland is developing an enviable reputation for creating first-class products. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating another record year for Scottish food and drink and look forward to even more success in 2012.”