About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services to help businesses work together more effectively.

What we do

Now more than ever, it’s vital for farmers and food and drink businesses to work together more effectively - all of SAOS’s work centres on facilitating this.


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

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SAOS Conference 28 Jan 2021

28 January 2021

From 2pm

Online with Hopin


We’ve obviously had to take things online for our 2021 conference, but we’re not going to let that hold us back. We’re really excited about the possibilities this new way of delivering the conference gives us.

Book now at SAOS Conference Registration link

The whole SAOS team has been involved and we’ve invited several partner organisations to join the party!  As usual, our aim is to engage, discuss and hopefully even inspire our attendees – as well as giving you a virtual shot in the arm in these difficult times.

There will be no doom and gloom. We’ll share 26 reasons why we believe there’s much to be optimistic about in the food and farming sector.

We have speaker sessions examining some of our A-Z topics more closely; we’ll be talking about the need for ambition and focus to find and maximise opportunities that are out there, and we’ll share examples of great work that’s being done by our co-op members, in our supply chain work, and elsewhere in our various workstreams.

We’ll also be asking you all to get behind our new campaign to get rural Scotland better connected – we think it’s about time, don’t you?

Once again our grateful thanks go to NFU Mutual for supporting the conference.

We think it’s going to be great – do come along! (28th Jan from 2pm)