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Regional food growth

Growing our local food businesses and networks benefits all of us. So there’s plenty of support available.

Regional food is so important to Scotland.

To businesses and communities. To consumers. To tourism. To the environment. To the economy. And, therefore, to all of us.

Because of that, regional food growth is a priority for the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, and a key element in our Home Advantage strategy.

Our UK Market Development team’s action plan for growth includes:

  • helping food and drink businesses develop their strengths
  • supporting Scotland’s network of regional food groups
  • designing and opening new trading platforms, including for regional food and drink

We’re also working with the tourism sector to help deliver the Food Tourism Scotland strategy.

To do this, we’re building on the groundwork done by the Connect Local programme which finished in 2020.

The power of local

Working with Scotland Food & Drink and regional food groups can:

  • accelerate the growth of local businesses (including your own, if you have one) and boost the local economy
  • shorten supply chains and reduce food miles
  • offer even better food and drink experiences to consumers and tourists

Be part of the action

Support your regional food group and businesses, share in their success and learn from what others are doing.

Regional Food Groups

At the heart of local food growth are our 17 regional food groups, supporting businesses across Scotland.

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Regional Food Tourism Ambassadors

Could you help to lead and inspire our local food tourism growth? And raise our profile as a food tourism destination? We were looking for ambassadors across Scotland and this could be you.

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Regional Food Fund

Are you involved in a collaborative initiative that promotes and celebrates regional food and drink? If so, the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Regional Food Fund may be able to offer you funding.

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Support Local

Connecting you with food and drink producers from around Scotland. From bread to beer and fish to fresh produce. Shop local and support businesses in your local area.

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Grow your regional business

During the Covid-19 lockdown, many consumers started buying more local produce. Which means that now – more than ever – could be a great time for your business to tap into regional markets.

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Want to know more?

For general questions about regional food and drink networks and support, contact Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, on fiona@foodanddrink.scot