Policy & Lobbying
Food & Drink
The food and drink industry is a major contributor to Scotland's economy with one in five people in manufacturing working in the sector. As well as the economy, food impacts on many other aspects of Scottish life including our health and the environment. 

Scottish Land & Estates is working with the Scottish Government and others to promote the food and drink opportunities for rural businesses through our Rural Enterprise Demo Days and is also promoting the grow your own agenda through its involvement in the national Grow Your Own Working Group.
 
Food production is central to our Food and Environmental Security policy for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

In 2009 the Scottish Government produced a National Food and Drink Policy, and in 2010 held a National Food and Drink Conference. The aim of the policy is to is to promote Scotland's sustainable economic growth by ensuring that the Scottish Government's focus in relation to food and drink, and in particular our work with Scotland's food and drink industry, addresses quality, health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability, recognising the need for access and affordability at the same time. Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website

    Food & Drink News

    • 05/08/2015 - Taste for Tourism Summit
      Food and drink producers along with tourism businesses are set to team up at a major event this year designed to bring hundreds of thousands more tourists to Scotland by developing and branding it as a food destination. The Taste for Tourism event will take place in Oban between 3rd and 5th November 2015.
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    • 20/03/2015 - Food Commission to establish a network of local good food champions
      The Food Commission, which met for the first time in Edinburgh this week announced that it wants to establish a network of local good food champions to encourage the sourcing and selling of locally produced, in-season food in their areas.The Commission also discussed the next steps to take in helping Scotland become a Good
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    • 12/02/2015 - Focus on local food
      The Rural Affairs Secretary has called on retailers and consumers to put local food first. Supermarkets are being challenged to play their part in making sure that more Scottish products are among the top sellers in our stores by 2020. Mr Lochhead also set out three key actions to encourage everyo
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    • 11/02/2015 - Food and Drink Excellence Awards
        The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, run in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years. Nineteen categories celebrate excellent Scottish food and
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    • 05/09/2014 - Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight
      Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight starts tomorrow (6th September). The Organisers, Scotland Food and Drink, is encouraging people to visit one of 180 events happening across Scotland over the next two weeks. This annual initiative encourages supermarkets, farm shops, restaurants, vi
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    • 20/08/2014 - Food and Drink Sector Growth
      Figures for Scotland’s food and drink industry released on Monday show a growth of 4.8% from 2011 to 2012. The 2012 turnover was £13.94B which is well on the way to the new target of a £16.5B turnover by 2017. Next year is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink which should act as a further marke
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    • 24/05/2013 - Lochhead hits out at UK government over red meat levy
      Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, has criticised the UK Government for continually refusing to act to stop levy income paid by Scots livestock producers being spent in England. Scotland’s flagship red meat industry is losing out to the tu
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    • 27/03/2012 - Record high for food and drink
      Scotland’s food and drink industry is continuing to boom, with all-time high exports of £5.4 billion last year, underpinned by strong performance from the whisky industry. The full-year figures for the food and drink exports reveal that industry growth has exceeded all expectations – with the target to i
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    • 09/03/2012 - Food education on the menu
       A boost for food education was dished up today, with help for every pupil to learn more about the food on their plate.    Speaking at Scotland’s National Food and Drink Conference in Perth, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead pledged £2 million over three years so that every Scottish school child
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    • 30/12/2011 - 2011 a record year for food and drink
      With overall food exports breaking the £1 billion mark and whisky exports also at a record high, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has hailed 2011 as a momentous year for Scotland's food and drink industry. Read more.
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    • 20/10/2011 - Chinese appetite for Scottish Salmon
      In January this year, the Scottish and Chinese governments reached an agreement to allow seafood exports directly from Scotland to the People's Republic of China. Since then China has become the largest export destination for Scottish salmon in the Far East. Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead sai
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