The Scottish Government’s ‘Regional Food Fund’ provides support for regionally-based businesses and projects, which traditionally can struggle to attract funding.
Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said that the country has some of the most diverse, instantly “recognisable regionalised” food and drink in the world – such as Shetland Lamb, Stornoway Black Pudding, Orkney Cheese and whiskies from various regions.
“It’s one of this Government’s key programme for Government commitments to promote locally sourced and produced food, and I’m sure that the success of these producers will help to bolster regional economies and ensures that local food and drink continues to be produced in the area it originates from – which can be integral to a product’s identity.”
Fiona Richmond, head of regional food at Scotland Food & Drink, said: "Food and drink is a national success story and central to Scotland's economy and, as such, we are delighted announce the first recipients of the Regional Food Fund alongside the Scottish Government and Connect Local.
“Not only will this provide funding to those who normally struggle to find it, but provide real benefit to many local producers and strengthen the collaborative efforts of businesses countrywide.”
Ceri Ritchie, Connect Local project manager and sector manager for food and drink at SAC Consulting, said:
“Connect Local is delighted to be delivering the Regional Food Fund, which allows for vital support to help promote local food and drink in local communities and across Scotland.
“We reviewed some fantastic applications and are pleased to award funding to 15 projects in this first round, which we believe will deliver benefits to Scotland’s local food and drink sector over the long-term.”