About us

SAOS was established in 1905 to strengthen the profitability and effectiveness of Scotland’s farming and rural businesses through co-operation.

What we do

We are Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration. We provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services.


We are a development organisation owned by our members. We provide a range of specialist services that our members have requested, that are not available elsewhere. Discover how we can help you.

Our Partners

All of our workstreams involve working together more effectively to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of Scotland's farming and food businesses.

Our key work funding and partnerships are with:

Scotland Food & Drink - website

ScotEID - website

Rural Innovation Support Service - website 

Smart Rural - website

CarbonPositive - website

MDSC - website

European Union - website


The Scottish Government - website