Think Local, Think Food, Think Scotland

Published Tuesday, 23rd October 2012 in SAC Consulting news

Food and drink

Local food initiatives will be given much needed support thanks to Think Local, a new project launched by the Scottish Government in collaboration with SRUC.

£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.

“Funding will be available for regional food projects across the country,” David Lamb, Head of Food and Drink at SRUC, explains, “and we will also be providing direct support to help these initiatives succeed by running workshops on building business and adding value, as well as offering advice, coordinating events and creating networks.”

Working with partners the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) and Scottish Food Quality Certification (SFQC) SRUC hope the scheme will increase the number of food and drink based businesses, increase Scottish food and drink exports and improve Scotland’s gastronomic reputation.

Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said:

“Here in Scotland we have a fantastic range of fine food and drink right on our doorstep, with more and more Scots realising the excellent quality and taste that local producers deliver. But we can always do more. Think Local will help champion local food, by supporting projects and events across Scotland.”

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.

David said: “Think Local builds on the excellent work already delivered in the development of local food. It brings together strands which have looked to develop the sector of local and speciality food from farms shops and farmers markets through to the regional networks which are enhancing Scotland’s reputation for quality food.

“We want to see that develop, to create a local food and drink landscape across Scotland, including tourism and events. This is the mechanism to make that happen.”

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