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.

Associate Member

Looking for new horizons? 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.

We know that the co-op model isn’t right for everyone, but working together effectively is.

We’ve created a new way to help. Our associate membership gives non co-ops the opportunity to benefit from our expertise and know-how. This new type of membership gives businesses large and small access to SAOS. You can even join as an individual.

Our range of services, know-how and experience are highly relevant to any business in the food and drink, farming and wider rural sector, and our network of contacts is second to none.

We get things done.

To find out more get in touch.