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.


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

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

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. 

Malting Barley and Distilling Key Facts and Figures