National Food & Drink Policy
Sales of Scottish produce across Great Britain have increased by
21% in two years, proof that Scotland's food and drink industry has
the right ingredients for success.
The figures were revealed as an ambitious plan to strengthen
Scotland's food and drink sector was launched at the Royal Highland
Show in June 2009.
Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead
unveiled 'Recipe for Success', the next steps in Scotland's
first-ever national food and drink policy, following detailed input
from some of the nation's most respected experts.
The policy includes:
- Action to get more Scottish food onto menus in hotels,
restaurants, cafes and pubs, with clear advice on where food has
- Supporting more farmers' markets, farm shops and local food
- A new strategy for the food and drink sector to increase sales
by a third to £10bn by 2017
- A new charter with supermarkets who have committed to playing
their part in taking forward the national food and drink
- Promoting a better understanding of the food chain amongst
- Another £3.3m from the Food Processing and Marketing Grants
Scheme for 16 new projects, taking the number of jobs created and
safeguarded by the scheme to over 3,000 in less than a year,
attracting additional investment of £70m