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

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.

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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.

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Scottish farmers produce quality beef and lamb from the grass and rough grazing which make up around 80% of Scotland’s agricultural land which is not suitable for cereal, fruit or vegetable production. Scotland’s grassland acts as a carbon sink and grazing animals provide habitats for wildlife and help to maintain the landscape.

How do we help?

Many of our workstreams are focused on helping our members and the wider Scottish agricultural community towards a more sustainable future. Our key focus areas - co-operation, supply chains, technology, data, and collaboration - are all integral to smarter, more efficient and sustainable farming.

What are SAOS Members Doing?

Many of SAOS’s member co‑ops are working hard to mitigate their impact on the environment. In a host of different ways they and their members are leading the way for Scottish agriculture, pushing forward to drive positive change and helping position farmers as a key part of the climate change solution.

You can read about some of their actions and impacts in the case studies below.

Key contacts

Emma Patterson Taylor

Emma Patterson Taylor

Emma Patterson Taylor

Climate Change and Sustainability Manager

07502 339307 | emma@saos.coop