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

Member Services

The services we offer help our members to grow their businesses and maintain high standards of corporate governance.

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Membership Packages

Discover the membership packages we can offer you.

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Our members

Our member co‑ops work hard for their farmers members and help to sustain individual farm businesses for this generation and the next. Our members work in a wide variety of sectors.

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Become a member

Want to know if the co-operative model is right for your business?

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Associate Member

You don’t have to be in a co‑op to benefit from our skills and knowledge. We’ve been helping people who are not actually in co‑ops for nearly as long as we’ve been around.

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Co-op FAQs

Frequently asked questions about co-ops.

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Great potential in encouraging greater use of collaboration.

Speak to someone about setting up a co-op

Would you like to speak to one of our team members and find out how you can start a co-op to help grow your business

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