Food Industry Collaboration

Collaboration along supply chains enables better planning and investment decisions, faster decision making, greater efficiencies and increased profitability for all.

SAOS is Scotland’s lead organisation in agricultural co-operation and collaborative food and drink supply chains. Working with all sectors of the food and drink industry, SAOS helps agri-food and drink businesses across Scotland continue to grow and develop.

We aim to deliver growth and value in Scotland’s food and drink industry by increasing collaboration and developing integrated supply chains. We work with the Scottish food industry and its partners to promote and develop collaboration to exploit local, UK and export market opportunities, increase productivity and efficiencies, create scale, and build the reputation of Scotland – land of food and drink.

Effective and efficient supply chains, where everyone in the chain is engaged and has a clear view of how to drive increasing demand from primary production to the consumer’s basket, are vital for profitable growth.


Scotland Food & Drink

Scotland Food & Drink is the focus for food industry collaboration in Scotland. SAOS is a pro-active member, participant and contributer. SF&D is a unique leadership organisation – supported by the Scottish Government – tasked with growing the value of Scotland’s food and drink sector, making it more profitable and delivering greater global success in a challenging and competitive environment.

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Connect Local

Connect Local is a local advisory service for food and drink entrepreneurs, micro-businesses and SMEs in Scotland. If you operate in the Scottish food and drink sector, Connect Local can help with:

  • Finding new local market opportunities
  • Adding value, for example, by improving market information and knowledge, and advice on branding
  • Accessing and applying for private and public funding support
  • Maximising the value and sales from attending events
  • Accessing information on food and drink legislation and business development support

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Market Driven Supply Chain Project

How frustrating is it when good sales are generated but the business fails to deliver because of problems with logistics or supply or market entry support? Understanding how to fix these problems can often be too difficult and time-consuming for companies. The Market Driven Supply Chain Project (MDSC) helps unlock some of the biggest and most lucrative market opportunities for the Scottish food and drink sector. With unique specialist supply chain expertise and practical insight to the routes to market, the project team can help sectors and businesses achieve their own growth objectives.

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Rural Innovation Support Service

RISS: Getting the right people together
The Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) helps farmers, foresters and crofters solve business challenges through collaboration. Part of the Scottish Rural Network and led by Soil Association Scotland, RISS provides a facilitator from across partner organisations Soil Association Scotland, SAOS, SAC Consulting, Innovative Farmers and Scotland Food and Drink.

The facilitator brings in group members from any sector (eg supply chain, tech, research, legal) depending on the farmer, forester or crofter’s idea. They then help the group work towards a robust project plan, which can be used either to apply for funding or just to get started.

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Make Innovation Happen

Make Innovation Happen is a new innovation support project aimed at making innovation more effective and accessible for food and drink businesses.

SAOS provides the Innovation Insights element of the project. This focuses on sharing new market trends and insights and assists companies in understanding how these can transform business performance. The aim is to stimulate new thinking and provide some focus for company product development activity. The project is:

  • Dedicated to providing the very best innovation support to Scottish food and drink businesses.
  • Flexible – whatever you are trying to do that is new or different this project can help you – don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Connected to all sources of innovation support ensuring you are guided to the right resources.
  • Open to all businesses across the sector in Scotland, irrespective of size, who want to innovate and grow.

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