Scotland’s beer and pub industry supports 60,000 jobs and provides a £1.6bn boost to the economy, but the SBPA is arguing that the sector needs greater support.
It claims that the introduction of the National Living Wage on 1 April and Scotland’s higher drink driving limit have placed additional pressure on pubs.
Paul Togneri, of the SBPA, said: “We make a huge contribution providing career opportunities for young people, supporting tourism, and investing in local communities...yet pubs face real cost and legislative challenges.”
The group is calling for a reform of businesses rates, support for a new apprenticeship scheme, and a fund to improve transport in rural areas.
Scotland's food and drink industry is booming, and accounts for one in every five pounds spent by tourists.
Hospitality businesses have been encouraged to help brand the country as a 'global food destination'.
The SBPA is part of the British Beer & Pub Association, originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904.