The new Scottish parliament said it has plans to treble the amount of food exports from the country, but it offered only words of support and not finance. Ross Finnie, Scottish minister for rural affairs, said building partnerships was an important part of this process. "The Scottish export industry is already growing, but we must seek to build on this, and it is clear that we must work in partnership both within the supply chain and with government in order to achieve this. "Our food strategy is to grow sales from £4.2bn to £4.7bn and to treble exports to £1.5bn. "But we must never lose sight of where the real power lies in the food industry ­ with the customer. The Scottish food industry must not fail to read customer moods, but at the same time it must keep its standards high as a point of distinction," he said. {{NEWS }}