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Scotbeef hopes to have its new plant operational by April 2019

Scotbeef to fund new abattoir with grant money

By Aidan Fortune

Meat processor Scotbeef’s plans to build a new abattoir and processing facility have received a boost, thanks to grant money awarded by the Scottish Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) fund.

Scotland is still facing an obesity crisis

Scotland still facing obesity challenge

By Michelle Perrett

Two out of three adults and almost a third of children living in Scotland remain overweight or obese, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has claimed.

The grant will help the company diversify into chilled products

Potato firm scoops major grant

By Michelle Perrett

Food manufacturing company Albert Bartlett is to receive the largest-ever food processing, marketing and co-operation (FPMC) grant of £4M.

Minimum unit price for alcohol: ‘unlikely’ in England

England ‘unlikely to get minimum booze price’

By Noli Dinkovski

The adoption of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland is unlikely to be replicated in England under the current government – but Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to follow suit – a leading academic behind the research into its effectiveness...

Map of Scotland highlights iconic food from the country

Scotland’s food and drink showcased in new map

By Gwen Ridler

Scotland’s food and drink sector is being showcased in a new map of the country, highlighting the growing success of the industry – a key driver of the country’s economy.

Scotch whisky must be protected after Brexit, the Scottish government warned

Scotch whisky ‘must be protected’ after Brexit

By Matt Atherton

The Scottish government has urged Scotch whisky to be protected after Brexit, after fears that a bilateral trade deal with the US would allow other parts of the world to produce it.

Hebridean Sea Salt has entered liquidation after losing contracts in the aftermath of an FSS investigation

Liquidators appointed at salt firm

By Gwen Ridler

Liquidators have been appointed at Hebridean Sea Salt, after the business ran into difficulties following a Food Standards Scotland (FSS) investigation earlier this year.

Aquaculture faces a number of challenges, including sea lice and Brexit, according to the Scottish government

Sea lice and Brexit among Scottish seafood challenges

By Helen Gilbert

Sea lice, and the effect of Brexit on international trade relationships and employment, are among the challenges that may hinder the growth of the Scottish fish and shellfish market, a report has found.

Scottish food and drink exports increased 11% in the first three months of 2017

Scottish food and drink exports top £1.25bn

By Matt Atherton

Scottish food and drink exports climbed £124M to £1.25bn in the first quarter of 2017, with EU sales accounting for 70% of total exports, prompting the Scottish government to underline the importance of the EU’s 510M consumers.

Whisky workers are seeking answers from EU officials over the security of their jobs, after the UK quits the EU

Whisky workers seek Brexit job reassurance

By Gwen Ridler

Whisky workers are seeking “honest answers” from EU officials in Brussels today (March 22) over the security of their jobs once the UK quits the EU.

Food and drink in Scotland could see a £750M boost if producers take on public-sector contracts, such as school dinners

Potential £750M boost to Scottish food industry

By Gwen Ridler

Scotland’s food and drink industry could get a £750M boost, as the government plans to make public-sector catering contracts more accessible to Scottish businesses. 

Scottish food and drink firms given £3M investment boost

Scottish government in £3M supply chain boost

By Matt Atherton

A £3M local supply chain project has been launched to help Scottish food and drink firms build connections with suppliers, processors and retailers, the Scottish government revealed on St Andrews Day (November 30).

Hard to swallow: the SWA is appealing the ruling on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland

Scotch whisky to appeal on alcohol pricing

By Rick Pendrous

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) decision to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, following the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, has been met with dismay by the Scottish health secretary Shona Robison and health...

Coca-Cola European Partners has invested £2.3M in its East Kilbride operations. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Coca-Cola Scottish factory gets £2.3M investment

By Gwen Ridler

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £2.3M in its Scottish operations this year, funding the development of a new water treatment plant at its East Kilbride site.

The death of the worker at Thistle Seafoods was said to be from natural causes

Worker dies at fish factory

By Gwen Ridler

The death of a worker at Thistle Seafoods is currently under investigation by Police Scotland.

Scotland's food manufacturers expect the sector to boom

Scottish food and drink sector to create 14,000 jobs

By Matt Atherton

Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers expect to boost turnover by an average of 24% over the next five years, and to create 14,000 new jobs, according to a survey by the Bank of Scotland.

Scottish food and drink manufacturing has smashed growth records

Scottish food and drink sector posts record growth

By Michael Stones

Scottish food and drink manufacturing achieved a record annual turnover of £14.4bn in 2014 – growing twice as fast as the UK average – according to new figures from the Scottish government.

Three Stills’s £10M distillery will create 20 new jobs

New whisky distillery to create 20 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

A total of 20 new jobs will be created at a new £10M whisky distillery being built in Scotland, following approval from the Scottish Borders Council.

Scotland’s bottle deposit return scheme would cost producers: Partington

Scots ‘bottle tax’ fears for UK drinks industry

By Noli Dinkovski

Drinks companies would suffer “very significant financial implications” if the Scottish government were to implement a ‘bottle tax’ through a nationwide deposit return system on beverage containers, the head of a leading trade body has claimed.

Border Biscuits is set to expand production thanks to a funding package

Border Biscuits ramps up production

By Alice Foster

Border Biscuits is adding another production line to its Scottish manufacturing site in a bid to grow its market share south of the Border.

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