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Farming and Food Industries Map Out Their Vision for Scotland as a Good Food Nation

A group of leading organisations representing Scottish food producers and processors are today (28 February) launching a joint industry vision on what the Scottish Government’s upcoming Good Food Nation Bill must deliver.

Encompassing the three broad themes of ‘Educate, Sustain, Promote’, the document sets out various measures which the Scottish agriculture and processing industries wish to see within any future food legislation – covering a range of policy areas such as education, health, agricultural regulation and public procurement.

The document, prepared by NFU Scotland, has been signed by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers; Dairy UK; Scottish Beef Association; National Sheep Association Scotland; British Egg Industry Council; Scottish Pig Producers and Scottish Quality Crops.

A statement on behalf of the group said: “Food and drink impacts all of society and it is the jewel in Scotland’s economic crown. The value of food and drink has grown to £14.4 billion per annum, now surpassing every other sector – with new targets to more than double in size by 2030.

“The Scottish Government’s proposed Good Food Nation Bill will be introduced during a period of great uncertainty for the whole food and drink industry. The negotiations to leave the EU will undoubtedly have consequences for all parts of the chain – whether that be the government support received by Scotland’s primary food and drink producers; changes to immigration rules impacting on employment practices in the food processing sector or how the end product is then traded with international partners.

“The immediate challenge is therefore ensuring the Brexit outcome allows this important sector to continue to flourish.
“If that is achieved, then Scottish legislation to enshrine the Good Food Nation should enhance the whole supply chain to deliver on its ambitions for 2030 as well as delivering on public health benefits and sustainability goals.
“We collectively look forward to working with Scottish policy-makers to develop the suggestions in our industry vision document to ensure we make the most of this opportunity.”

Ewan MacDonald-Russell, Head of Policy and External Affairs at Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers have known for years how much Scotland’s farmers know about great food. It’s therefore welcome to see this serious contribution by NFU Scotland to the debate in making Scotland a Good Food Nation. Whilst retailers won’t necessarily agree with everything, there is much which we can support, and we absolutely want to work collaboratively with NFU Scotland and others from across the Scottish food and drink industry to develop an approach which translates the vision of a Good Food Nation into a practical reality.”

David Thomson, Chief Executive Officer of Food and Drink Federation Scotland said: “I am excited to see this constructive contribution to the Good Food Nation debate from Scotland’s important agricultural industry.  It sets out a positive vision for change and promotes the value of primary production in producing fantastic Scottish produce.”

Notes to Editors

 

Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006



Author: Bob Carruth

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News Article No.: 35/18


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