About us

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

Developing New Opportunities and Adding Value

SAOS's expertise has, for many years, helped businesses open new routes to market, supporting organisations like Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Development International at local, regional, national and international levels.

We work with a wide range of partners to identify ways to add more value to products, reduce waste and improve profitability and efficiency through collaboration with supply chain partners. Our current work in this area includes

Local Food

We lead on the Delivering Growth through Wholesale programme. One key focus has been on improving logistics across Scotland. Its aim is to develop a cohesive plan with practical solutions to expand access for local food producers into more mainstream markets.

Agri Export Hub

The Scottish Agri Export Hub was launched in November 2021 to encourage greater collaboration within the potatoes, cereals, and horticulture sector, to help build export capability and access export markets successfully and sustainably.

We work in partnership with NFU Scotland, the lead partner in the project. The focus is on identifying, understanding, and developing new export opportunities, as well as expanding existing export markets for Scotland's primary produce.

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Through its Scotland Food & Drink Partnership work, supported by Scottish Government, SAOS has launched a new summary guide for those interested in accessing information and expertise for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) production. The Guide complements the more detailed report prepared for the Highland Good Food Partnership, ‘Controlled Environmental Agriculture Feasibility Study’.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more or have any ideas that you would like to talk through with one of the team.



Key contacts

Patricia Rojas Bonzi

Patricia Rojas Bonzi

Patricia Rojas Bonzi

Project Manager

07467 082625 | Patricia.Rojas@saos.coop