About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we work with food and farming businesses to make them more profitable, competitive, and sustainable - working together to shape the future, today. #workingtogether we grow

What we do

All of SAOS's work centres on facilitating farmers and food and drink businesses to work together effectively. Over the years we've also developed several subsidiary businesses - getting the right people together and making innovative advancements to help benefit the entire food and farming industry and rural Scotland.

Events & Training

Developing staff capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance. Check out our events and training programme - most of which are open to non co-op members too.


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.

What's New

See below for all the latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS. Find all our latest videos on YouTube at: SAOS - working together in food and farming

Supply Chain Resilience

Food Security

We have played a key role in supporting the work of the Task Force in providing research and expert input into resilience planning around all critical aspects of the supply chain, including inputs, energy, production, processing, logistics and market access. A new Risk Register has been developed by SAOS and work is underway in developing additional resilience assessment tools for individual supply chains to gauge their strengths, vulnerabilities and options for mitigation measures and support.

Import Substitution

A new matchmaking service is in development to help food and drink businesses seek alternative supplies to boost the local economy, shorten supply chains and reduce environmental impacts by purchasing input and ingredients closer to home.


We are members of the Wool Innovation Steering Board. With support from Innovate UK’s KTN we are collaborating with a community of interested partners to co-create a Circular Innovation Plan for the wool sector. This plan will identify the key sectoral barriers to net zero and how the circular economy can be used as a framework to overcome these. A similar process is also being undertaken for the aluminium and chemicals sectors. 

If you would like to follow up with one of the team and explore ways to improve how your business, supply chain or sector operates, please get in touch.