Jim Clarkson of VisitScotland stated that the strength and heritage of the food and drink sector in the region proved crucial in attracting key conferences to Scotland throughout the year.
This included the UK’s first national conference for craft distillers and the largest industry meet-the-buyer event in the Scottish Calendar.
The food and drink sector has been identified by Perth & Kinross Council as a key sector for growth and is driving a lot of investment as a result.
Clarkson said: “Perthshire more than played its part in making the Year of Food and Drink one of the most successful themed years ever by offering various opportunities to celebrate the area’s incredible natural larder.
“Some of the biggest events of this deliciously themed year took place in the region, including the first UK Craft Distillers Conference at Atholl Palace, The Mix-In at The Byre on the Inchyra Estate and Showcasing Scotland at Gleneagles.
“The Year of Food and Drink has been a huge success in raising the profile of the unique and diverse dining experiences which can be enjoyed across Perthshire.”
The Food and Drink Industry is one of Scotland’s key growth sectors with ambitions to grow from £13.1bn to £16.5bn by 2017. Within Perth & Kinross, the annual turnover of the food and drink sector is estimated at £310m and there are in the region of 130 companies in the processing sector highlighting how involved the area is in the industry.