Funding boost for Scottish food & drink

Scottish hospitality urged to reduce food waste and inefficiencies
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Regional food and drink industries across Scotland are set to benefit after a round of funding was granted to promote locally sourced produce.

Twenty-three projects – including food festivals and educational initiatives – will share £104,500 warded via the Connect Local Regional Food Fund.

Grant recipients include the Annan Harbour Festival, the Glenkens Food Month, and the Skye Food and Drink Festival.

“Providing funding to regional projects is just one of the ways we are supporting the industry’s ambition to raise the value of Scotland’s food and drink sector by 2030 to £30 billion,” said Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

“These grants are being provided in order to stimulate the growth of these great local food initiatives, and encourage more people to appreciate and enjoy our amazing local produce.

“By doing so we help our domestic markets to grow, supporting local economies, and providing consumers with access to healthy, locally-grown produce.

“Reducing the number of miles food has to travel from farm to fork will also help us to achieve Scotland’s climate change ambitions.”