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.

SAOS has been working in Scottish farming and food since 1905, but we’re all about the future. We constantly horizon scan to keep up with innovative new developments and solutions because we’re like that.

Our people are experienced in the best ways to tackle just about any problem and if we don’t know, we’ll find a way. We get things done.

Board & Council members

Our council and board members are from a wide variety of different sectors and organisations, keeping SAOS in touch with industry developments and issues, and shaping our future work.

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