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.

“That’s why we have recruited an in-market food specialist to work with Scottish Development International to promote Scotland’s food and drink
in the country, and we are working hard to showcase the unrivalled provenance of our products; our unspoilt landscapes, fertile land and clean
air; our skilled, flexible and committed workforce; and our understanding of the growing demand for health-enhancing, functional and premium foods.
“I look forward to seeing more of our world-class produce in Japan’s stores and on its menus.”