Scottish food and drink exports to Japan have surged by 10% in just one year to more than £90 million, Scotland’s external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop revealed in July.
New Scottish government analysis of export figures shows that a growing appetite for Scotch whisky and cereal goods in Japan has fuelled a significant increase in the value of Scottish food and drink exports to the country – worth £90.3 million in 2014 compared with £81.9 million the previous year. Speaking from Nagasaki where she showcased Scottish produce to Japanese hoteliers, chefs and retailers to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink, Ms Hyslop said: “The significant rise in Scotland’s food and drinks exports to Japan shows the country has a huge appetite for our produce. We’ve seen a 10% rise in food and drink exports to Japan in just one year – and since 2007 we’ve experienced growth of 74%, driven mainly by a rising demand for Scotch whisky.
“Further increasing our food and drink offering in Japan is a priority for the Scottish government. We want more of our friends in Japan to enjoy and experience Scotland’s fantastic larder, which boasts some of the best natural produce in the world.