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.

Global co-operation

Co-operation is long-established and widespread throughout the world.

Co-operatives provide jobs or work opportunities to 10% of the world’s employed population, and the three hundred top co-operatives or co-operative groups generate $2.1 trillion.

Find out more about co-ops www.ica.co-op.

Find out more in our Co-op FAQs.