Food and Drink

Scotland Office Minister visits Barony

Scotland Office Minister John Lamont visited SRUC to see how digital innovation funded by more than £21 million of UK Government investment is helping to grow the rural economy.…

  • SRUC
  • 15/02/2024
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New projects to support agri-food industry reach net zero

Researchers from SRUC are leading five projects, and supporting a further three, to help address the challenge of reaching net zero through agri-food.…

  • SRUC
  • 05/12/2023
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Investigating the ‘halo effect’ of food claims

In our study published in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology, we investigated whether health-related messages on food packaging have unintended consequences. Specifically, the study investigates 'calorie illusion' - the common miscalculation in calorie content, influenced by various factors such as food labelling, health claims or the presence of healthy ingredients. …

  • Toju Begho
  • 07/11/2023
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Construction of world-leading UK Cryobank now complete

The construction of the UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank (UK-CMCB) – the first publicly available resource of its kind anywhere in the world – is now complete after three years of painstaking research involving SRUC.…

  • SRUC
  • 31/10/2023
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Motivations and practices behind reduced food waste

A study, led by SRUC, investigated what motivates households to reduce or avoid food waste and what practices people can use to achieve this goal.…

  • SRUC
  • 26/10/2023
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Measuring food (in)security in local contexts: A Hawai’i case study

MSc Food Security student Jason Shon, from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, shares insights from his dissertation ‘Ranking Food Security Metrics in Hawaiʻi: A Delphi Approach’.…

  • Jason Shon
  • 10/10/2023
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Food Biodiversity: Reflecting on our past to reshape our future. Lessons from the world.

The lack of food source diversity poses a risk to society, health, and nature as climate change, social and economic changes, and natural disasters impact us globally. Farmers and ecosystems are also at risk, threatening the crucial food biodiversity and security we rely on.…

  • Ceri Ritchie and Luisa Riascos
  • 26/09/2023
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Could taxing unhealthy food help tackle climate change?

A new study, involving researchers at SRUC, has found that taxing foods high in fats, sugar and salt could potentially reduce emissions from food consumption, but it is unlikely that one policy could achieve both nutritional and climate goals. …

  • SRUC
  • 18/09/2023
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Small Business Innovation Drives Growth

Scotland’s agrifood sector has many small vibrant, often family, businesses that sustain communities and innovate to drive that all-important economic growth.  This innovation and enterprise creation strengthens industry resilience and helps to ensure these businesses grow and develop to support the next generation. …

  • Sascha Grierson and Ceri Ritchie
  • 03/08/2023
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Rewarding Awards!

Food & drink and agricultural awards deliver multi-faceted benefits. …

  • Ceri Richie
  • 21/07/2023
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Creating an innovation and skills ecosystem for the future

Of the many words he has spoken on the subject, one quote in particular from Andy Haldane stands out: “Innovation provides the spark, but the institutions provide the fuel.” The Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts could easily have been talking about SRUC, where our Digital Dairy Chain has been highlighted in Scotland’s National Innovation Strategy as a prime example of an innovation cluster. …

  • Wayne Powell
  • 14/06/2023
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Digital Dairy Chain highlighted in National Innovation Strategy

The Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has welcomed the organisation’s prominent inclusion in Scotland’s newly published National Innovation Strategy.…

  • SRUC
  • 13/06/2023
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