About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we work with food and farming businesses to make them more profitable, competitive, and sustainable - working together to shape the future, today. #workingtogether we grow

What we do

All of SAOS's work centres on facilitating farmers and food and drink businesses to work together effectively. Over the years we've also developed several subsidiary businesses - getting the right people together and making innovative advancements to help benefit the entire food and farming industry and rural Scotland.

Events & Training

Developing staff capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance. Check out our events and training programme - most of which are open to non co-op members too.


As a development organisation, owned by our members, we provide a range of specialist services not available elsewhere, to assist them in developing their people and their businesses. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

What's New

See below for all the latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS. Find all our latest videos on YouTube at: SAOS - working together in food and farming

The success of every co‑op depends on how well its directors carry out their roles and responsibilities. SAOS’s Board has a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as an ambitious vision for our future.

In addition to the Board, we also have a Council, comprising co‑op members from all sectors, and other key industry bodies, which gives us another level of governance and keeps us in touch with wider industry issues.

SAOS, like all co‑ops, is bound by a set of Rules that govern how our co‑op is run. In addition to these, Members of SAOS follow a Board and Council Charter. You can find out more on both these levels of Governance here.

Our team

Our team is the key to our success, but we’re also the key to yours. SAOS has never been an organisation to blow its own trumpet, but when it comes to the team we’re happy to.

Meet the team