24 March 2017
New funding to further support Scotland’s “phenomenal” food and drink industry was announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Scotland Food and Drink’s 10th annual conference in Glasgow yesterday.
The Scottish Government, its enterprise agencies, and the food and drink industry are supporting delivery of the new food and drink strategy – ‘Ambition 2030’ – through a new £10 million funding package.
The strategy will target key markets, boost innovation, focus on skills, and support local producers – with ambitious plans to double the value of the industry to £30 billion by 2030.
— Julie Hesketh-Laird (@JulieHL) March 23, 2017
The First Minister said:
Scotland’s food and drink sector has enjoyed phenomenal success over the past ten years with unprecedented growth in turnover and exports, including food exports alone doubling to £1.5 billion.
Our nation is blessed with all the ingredients we need to achieve greater success. We have a fantastic natural larder, the skills and expertise, and the complementary strengths in tourism, innovation and research.”
James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink said:
The secret of success over the last decade has been a spirit of partnership between the industry, government and its agencies. This funding announcement demonstrates our collective commitment to deepen that partnership and take our work to a new level.”
— FDFScotland (@FDFScotland) March 23, 2017
— James Withers (@scotfoodjames) March 23, 2017