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

Sustainability - Scotch Whisky Association Supply Chain Technical Group

As a participant in the Scotch Whisky Association Supply Chain Technical Group, our expertise is focused on supporting the sector in adhering to the seventeen targets of Sustainable Development of the United Nations.

SAOS has a longstanding working relationship with the whisky sector across a range of projects including benchmarking sustainability activities in the farming, grain handling and storage elements of the supply chain.

Some key facts and figures for the malting barley and distilling sector can be read via the link below. A detailed and comprehensive map of the sector, updated regularly, is also available. 

Scottish Malting Barley and Distilling Supply Chain - Key Facts and Figures