Think Local will help champion local food, by supporting projects and events across Scotland
The Think Local project has been in development over a number of years, looking to bring together initiatives on local food and drink in Scotland.
In October 2012, Rural Affairs & the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead announced that the proposal would receive £2.5m in funding over 3 years. £1 million will be spent in the next three years on building support for food producers and suppliers who promote Scottish produce. There will also be a further £1.5 million made available through the Community Food Fund to provide direct financial assistance.
Think Local will focus on 5 streams:
Farmers’ markets and events
Local food retail
The theme of collaboration runs through Think Local; recognising the ability of project partners to deliver growth and support, and ensuring activities are combined to the benefit of the food and drink SMEs.
Think Local is about bringing together various elements of the food and drink sector, allowing them to direct their efforts to best advantage those working in the industry.