The Scottish food and drink sector is the largest export sector in the whole country, with exports totalling £5.3bn in 2013. At the heart of the sector is Lanarkshire which has grown in prominence as the country’s food processing capital. Scotland’s food and drink manufacturing sector has annual sales of £9.8bn and provides employment for around 44,000 people. Lanarkshire’s role in the industry is integral and cannot be underestimated.
Lanarkshire has an impressive roll call of recognisable food brands including renowned cake makers Lightbody of Hamilton and milk giant Robert Wiseman headquartered in East Kilbride. World famous Tunnock’s and fish processor Dawnfresh call Uddingston their home whilst Bells Bakers are based in Shotts. You’ll find Lees of Scotland in Coatbridge, potato specialists Albert Bartlett in Airdrie and Border Biscuits in Lanark. The drinks company also has a strong presence with one of Scotland’s top companies, AG Barr, known as Scotland’s second national drink, Irn-Bru, is based in Cumbernauld.
As well as the big names, Lanarkshire also has a name when it comes to niche food and drinks, specialist products and premium produce. Specialised cheese producers Errington Cheese, ice cream makers Equi and luxury bakers providing tasty products for people with food intolerances, Lazy Day Foods, are all based in the area.
From the small artisan producer to the large scale manufacture, Lanarkshire’s larder is open for business.
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