Working in the FOOD & DRINK Industry in Scotland

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					   Working in the FOOD & DRINK Industry in Scotland
Scotland is renowned for the many indigenous food and drink products that have made Scotland world famous – whisky,
seafood, salmon and beef to name a few but it also has a growing reputation for quality food production and has
attracted international food companies such as Nestlé – Rowntree, Patak’s, Young’s Seafood Limited, DSM Nutritional
Products (who celebrated 50 successful years in Scotland in 2008), the Greencore Group; and Lactalis who have set up
processing and manufacturing plants in Scotland.

This growing sector of the Scottish economy now includes over 1,200 companies, across a whole variety of food and drink
products, so career opportunities cover a wide variety of functions from research and development, manufacture and
processing, marketing and sales, logistics and distribution. The industry makes a significant contribution to the Scottish
economy with processing sales of £7.57bn, and an additional £2bn from agriculture, aquaculture and fish catching. The
processing sector employs over 22% of Scotland’s manufacturing workforce and accounts for around 28% of its exports.

To find out more about the Scottish food & drink industry and companies operating in Scotland visit the sector’s industry-
led organisation, Scotland Food and Drink website at Here you’ll find a “Buyers Guide”
which is a database of virtually all companies operating in this sector in Scotland. The guide gives contacts and web links
to company websites.

To find out more about careers in the industry including essential information on what an individual needs to do, know
and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function in specific sectors within the industry including
bakery, distilling, dairy, fish processing, livestock droving and meat & poultry processing, visit
Improve Ltd. is the Sector Skills Council for the food and drink manufacturing industry across the United Kingdom.

Food & Drink Manufacturing
Career opportunities cover a wide range of functions – some distinctive to the industry, e.g. distilling, food technology,
food quality control, etc. and opportunities common across many businesses such as logistics, sales and marketing, health
and safety compliance, human resource management, etc.

Scotland is a world renowned centre of expertise in the alcoholic drinks sector. Malt and grain whisky must be distilled
and matured in Scotland as production is governed by an act of parliament – the Scotch Whisky Act. The whisky industry
has a high reputation internationally and accounts for a significant proportion of exports.

The Heriot-Watt International Centre for Brewing is a world-class research and training centre for the drink industry.
For information about undergraduate, post-graduate and short courses visit their website at For
information about the professional diplomas for the industry recognised world-wide visit the Institute of Brewing and
Distilling at

Quality Meat Scotland is the unique source of information about the Scottish red meat industry. On the website at there is a directory of companies operating in different sectors of the supply chain.

The Scottish Association of Master Bakers gives details about training, career opportunities and
information on members of the Association.

Sea Fish Industry Authority is sponsored by the four UK Government fisheries departments.

Seafood Scotland is a trade organisation set up by the main representatives of the Scottish
seafood industry.

Dairy UK contains information on the UK’s dairy industry.

Scottish Food and Drink Federation promotes the interests of the food and drink manufacturing
industry in Scotland.

Scottish Salomon Producers’ Organisation which is responsible for representing the industry in
political, regulatory, technical and media issues.
   Working in the FOOD & DRINK Industry in Scotland
There are many opportunities for school leavers (although opportunities for those under 18 may be limited because of
health and safety regulations) and adults with no relevant qualifications in the industry. Entry level jobs include food
processing workers, production line operatives, packaging operatives and bottlers. Basic food hygiene is compulsory for
all food handlers so these qualifications are valued by employers. Many employers will provide their own courses and will
encourage workers to complete additional work-based qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications specific to
the industry which will enable career progression.

A new Modern Apprenticeship framework has just been approved in Scotland. This programme is designed for people
who want to start working in the industry. It offers an opportunity to develop skills and earn money while working within
the industry. For more information visit the Improve Limited website and click on the Apprenticeships tab.

Graduates across a wide range of disciplines and those with Level 4 qualifications such as HNC (Higher National
Certificate) or HND (Higher National Diploma) will access jobs demanding more technical and professional skills with
more responsibility.

Those with higher level qualifications including degrees (BSc) and post graduate qualifications (MSc, etc.) are also much
sought after especially in subjects such as Science, Food Science and Engineering.

For more information about the industry, career structure and job description visit

Are your qualifications recognised in Scotland? It is important to establish whether your educational and professional
qualifications are recognised and allow you to work in the industry. Most trade bodies will be able to advise or you can
check through UK NARIC which has a service which evaluates qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide. You will,
however, have to pay for this service Careers Scotland can also help you
find out whether your qualifications will be recognised in Scotland – this service is provided free-of-charge.

Finding a job
Companies of all sizes operating in the sector can be found throughout Scotland both in urban and rural areas. Most
recruitment sites will give you an option to search in a particular region including For more tips
about looking for work see

Jobs will be advertised in local and national newspapers or you can contact the companies directly either by phone or
through their website. There are some specialist recruitment agencies who recruit for different sectors of the industry.

Information about relocating to Scotland including information on eligibility for working in Scotland is available at

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