Food and Drink

In Argyll and Bute we have a fantastic food and drink sector, much of it using local, fresh produce, supporting businesses across the area. This has helped to create a commitment from producers, small and large, to showcasing products nationally and in our numerous events and festivals. Specific actions to support our food and drink sector are being taken forward in developing the Council’s Food and Drink Policy.

In 2019 there were 820 Food and Drink businesses in Argyll and Bute, with over 3,000 employees, with a GVA of £124m.

Partnership Working

Working in partnership with various regional and local agencies such as Highlands and the Islands Enterprise and Food From Argyll to help develop and promote the food and drink sector to support local employment opportunities across the communities of Argyll and Bute

Supporting the Food and Drink sector

Provision of small project grants to allow attendance at events and exhibitions.

Provision of key economic intelligence

The council deals with investment enquiries and supports investment decisions through economic intelligence work. The council also inputs significantly on a broad range of policy areas which affect the local and regional Food and Drink sector.

Working with businesses to support business ideas

Through supplying key demographic,  statistical and investment information and signposting to appropriate colleagues and partners, such as Business Gateway and HIE.

partner organisations

Food from Argyll – a unique natural larder and passionate people who love their food. From our hills and glens and pastures to farm and harvest plus miles and miles of coastline to fish and cultivate.

Discover the richness and flavours of Bute’s local cuisine with a true taste of the Scottish isles.

Bute producers are enormously proud of what they bring to the marketplace and have created the ButeKitchen mark as a symbol of local production and excellence. 

The only food and drink body in the world which facilitates and enables government and industry to work side by side. Their commitment to strengthening reputations, developing growth strategies and broadening networks will deliver the competitive edge for our members and continued success for Scotland’s food and drink industry.

With the Atlantic on our doorstep, fresh mountain waters, lush rolling hills, fertile soil and varied weather, Scottish cuisine is renowned for its unrivalled quality. From Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway Black Pudding, Arbroath Smokies and Shetland salmon and shellfish to Scottish whisky, ales, scones, shortbread, not to forget haggis – Scotland is a culinary heaven for foodie lovers.