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Aileen Campbell, Constituency MSP for Clydesdale, has responded positively to new research that shows that nearly half of Scotland’s ?10bn food and drink industry will be increasing investment to target new export markets over the next year.

The report, ‘Beyond Borders’, surveyed 100 Scottish food and drink producers also revealed that the vast majority of companies felt that their product must continue to be made in Scotland.

After the release of the report Aileen commented:

"This survey is very encouraging, as the food and drink industry is a key economic sector in Scotland.

"We are a very fortunate that Scotland is so rich in natural resources and has a number of growers, producers and companies dedicated to delivering quality produce. I know that the industry in Clydesdale very much reflects that drive for quality.

"The research indicates that the sector may be on the brink of what an expert in the field is predicting as a ‘golden age, where export-driven growth could soon rival oil and gas as Scotland’s greatest export market.

"This survey is further evidence that food and drink is a booming sector in Scotland and the outstanding figure for me is that the overwhelming majority of companies see producing in Scotland as vital to our future.

"Clydesdale has an array of fantastic produce and food related businesses and I am sure many will take advantage of the real and exciting opportunities ahead".

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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