SAOS Annual Report 2017 now online

Our Annual Report for 2017 is now available online 

High Impact Year

Pages 6 to 10 report a high impact year in which we delivered 24 supply chain improvement projects, 14 co-op innovation projects, further advanced the progress and capabilities of ScotEID, and delivered our established co-op advice, promotion and training roles.

Opportunities for Co-operation and Collaboration After Brexit

In a year of intense discussion with Council and other stakeholders following the referendum decision to leave the EU, we identified opportunities and needs calling for increased farmer co-operation and supply chain collaboration post-Brexit in the expectation of more rapid change in the farming and food industries.

Influencing Future Policy

We made a detailed submission to Scottish and UK Governments proposing policy changes to better connect farming with supply chain partners. We also made proposals to incentivise innovation and co-operation together, at farm level, and proposals to address some of the constraints to farmer co-operation. The submission can be found here.

Scotland Food & Drink Ambition 2030

We participated fully with Board and staff representation in the formulation of Ambition 2030, which states the industry’s intent to double in value by 2030, to £30 billion pa. Supply chain improvement and collaboration feature prominently amongst the Pillars of Growth.

Thanks to Our Partners

As we continue to develop the breadth of SAOS’ development activities, our thanks go to all our member co-ops and to the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and numerous organisations with whom we work productively and collaboratively.

You can find all our Annual Reports here.