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. #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.


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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Latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS.

Our Partnership Projects

We work together to:

  • increase production and process efficiencies
  • address the consumer and sustainability challenges
  • deploy data, insights and technology expertise
  • create scale
  • deliver world-class supply chain solutions that build the enviable reputation of Scotland as the ‘Land of Food and Drink’.

Rural Innovation Support Service

The Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) connects farmers and land managers with the right people and helps them develop a viable, innovative project. The partner organisations for the service are SAOS, Soil Association Scotland, SAC Consulting, Innovative Farmers and Scotland Food & Drink.

RISS Website

Scotland Food & Drink

Working with Scotland Food & Drink, SAOS has been instrumental in helping develop and deliver new strategies for both emerging and traditional food and drink sectors in Scotland. The aim is to establish clarity in direction, purpose and goals for the development of each sector, and ensure individual companies can achieve the benefits of scale as part of a larger group. Ultimately, the process will help achieve faster and sustained economic growth. Strategies developed or supported to date include venison, dairy, fruit, vegetables and potatoes, and the pig sectors.

Scotland Food & Drink website


The Market Driven Supply Chain Project (MDSC), was led by the SAOS Supply Chain Team, and helped to unlock some of the biggest and most lucrative market opportunities for the Scottish food and drink sector. With unique specialist supply chain expertise and practical insight to the routes to market, the project team helped sectors and businesses achieve their growth objectives.

MDSC Project Work

Connect Local

A free, advisory service for the local Scottish food and drink sector, Connect Local was delivered by a team of experts from SAOS, SAC, Scotland Food & Drink and Seafood Scotland, and funded by the Scottish Government and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The Connect Local project ended on 31st March 2020, but the work doesn’t stop there. Its legacy will be maintained and extended, under the umbrella of Scotland Food & Drink’s UK Market Development team, with support from SAOS and our partners across the Scotland Food & Partnership.

Connect Local website