SAOS Supply Chain Projects

SAOS is Scotland’s lead organisation in agricultural co-operation and collaborative food and drink supply chains. Working with all sectors of the food and drink industry, SAOS helps agri-food and drink businesses across Scotland continue to grow and develop.

Effective and efficient supply chains, where everyone in the chain is engaged and has clear visibility to drive increasing demand from primary production to the consumer’s basket, are vital for profitable growth.

This page highlights some of the supply chain projects that SAOS is currently involved with and will give you an idea of the range of support we can provide. If you’d like to find out more about the work of SAOS you can find us here.

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How frustrating is it when good sales are generated but the business fails to deliver because of problems with logistics or supply or market entry support? Understanding how to fix these problems can often be too difficult and time-consuming for companies. The Market Driven Supply Chain Project (MDSC) helps unlock some of the biggest and most lucrative market opportunities for the Scottish food and drink sector. With unique specialist supply chain expertise and practical insight to the routes to market, the project team can help sectors and businesses achieve their own growth objectives.

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Connect Local is a local advisory service for food and drink entrepreneurs, micro-businesses and SMEs in Scotland. If you operate in the Scottish food and drink sector, Connect Local can help with:

  • Finding new local market opportunities
  • Adding value, for example, improving market information and knowledge, and advice on branding
  • Accessing and applying for private and public funding support
  • Maximising the value and sales from attending events
  • Accessing information on food and drink legislation and business development support
Rural Innovation

The Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) supports working farmers, foresters or crofters to come together to form a group to explore ideas and solutions.

Partners and innovative farmers are providing the platform for connecting groups. You’ll find RISS projects alongside field labs and other farmer-led projects from across the UK and the whole farming sector.

Depending on what you want to do, this project could provide you with one of 40 facilitators from across key partner organisations. They can bring in additional group members from any sector –  technical, supply chain, business, research depending on what (or rather, who) you need.

The facilitator will help you define, develop and test solutions, all leading to a final plan to help ensure the sustainability of your project.

Make Innovation Happen

Make Innovation Happen is a new innovation support project aimed at making innovation more effective and accessible for food and drink businesses.

SAOS provides the Innovation Insights element of the project. This focuses on sharing new market trends and insights and assists companies in understanding how these can transform business performance. The aim is to stimulate new thinking and provide some focus for company product development activity. The project is:

  • Dedicated to providing the very best innovation support to Scottish food and drink businesses
  • Flexible – whatever you are trying to do that is new or different this project can help you – don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Connected to all sources of innovation support ensuring you are guided to the right resources
  • Open to all businesses across the sector in Scotland, irrespective of size, who want to innovate and grow