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.


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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Our Partnerships

We work together with industry, Government and partner organisations to:

  • build collaborative supply chains that are fit for the future
  • develop new growth strategies for individual food and drink sectors
  • increase production and process efficiencies
  • understand and address consumer and sustainability challenges
  • maximise the benefits of effective use of data, insights, and technology expertise
  • create scale and logistical solutions
  • deliver world-class supply chain solutions that build the enviable reputation of Scotland as the ‘Land of Food and Drink

We are one of 18 partners in the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership, a unique collaboration between industry organisations, Scottish Government and its agencies. Collectively we work together to deliver Ambition 2030, our industry growth strategy.

In response to both Brexit and the pandemic we are currently working within the Partnership to deliver a three- year Recovery Plan which will support the farming, fishing, and food and drink sector and take us to 2023.

SAOS is currently leading on the following elements of the Recovery Plan:

  • Future Fit Supply Chains (Read more about Future Fit Supply Chains here)

    • Proactive Market Driven Development Programmes
    • Supply Chain Surveillance and Resilience Programmes
    • Strategic Supply Chain Intervention Programmes

Other work includes:

  • Sector Strategies - seeking to develop tailored strategies to assist specific and emerging sectors to maximise their potential and ambition to grow sustainably. 
  • Collaborative Groups - aiming to accelarate the growth of new, emerging food and drink sectors through collaboration, and establishing their own leadership framework.