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2012 Food News

December 2012

Whisky galore – an international asset  - Survey highlights international importance of Scotch - December 31, 2012

French say ‘oui’ to Scottish grub  - France tops export league table for Scottish food and drink - December 29, 2012

Give food a chance this festive season - Cutting back on food waste brings greener benefits for all - December 23, 2012

Scots give thumbs up to local food  - Poll shows support for locally sourced and seasonal food at Christmas - December 23, 2012

EU Dairy Package consultation - A consultation on the implementation of the EU Dairy Package was launched by the Scottish Government today. - December 11, 2012

Minimum pricing in Brussels - Health Secretary Alex Neil will visit Brussels on Thursday December 6, to put forward Scotland’s view on minimum unit pricing. - December 6, 2012

November 2012

Scottish dairy review announced - Achieving sustainable economic growth for Scotland’s dairy sector is the key aim of an industry-wide strategic review launched today. - November 21, 2012,

Optimism over future China dairy deal - For the first time ever Scottish dairy produce could soon be found on Chinese shop shelves. - November 16, 2012

Ten million chefs to use Scottish seafood - Ten million chefs are set to cook with Scottish seafood following a landmark deal with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS). - November 15, 2012

Japan and China food mission - Seventeen top Scottish food and drink companies will go to Japan and China next week as part of the largest trade mission from the sector ever to visit the countries. - November 7, 2012

October 2012

World leading fish farm facility - A new ‘world class’ facility being built at a fish farm in Lochailort is expected to be finished next year. - October 17, 2012

Hall's of Broxburn - Finance Secretary John Swinney has pledged the continued support of the Scottish Government to the Hall’s of Broxburn taskforce. - October 10, 2012

Woman's Land Army tribute - Following the unveiling today of a memorial to the Woman's Land Army at the Fochabers Estate in Moray, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said: - October 9, 2012

National food waste campaign - A new national campaign encouraging people across Scotland to help combat the environmental and financial impact of food waste was launched today. - October 8, 2012

Next Steps for Hall's of Broxburn - Finance Secretary John Swinney has confirmed that the work of the Hall’s of Broxburn taskforce will continue, despite today’s announcement of a phased run down of the site. - October 5, 2012

Vion Meeting - Finance Secretary John Swinney and West Lothian Council Leader John McGinty today met with the Vion Board as part of the continuing work of the Halls of Broxburn Taskforce. - October 1, 2012

September 2012

Brewing up success for food and drink - The Scottish Government has awarded 32 companies grant support worth £9 million under the latest rounds of food and drink funding. - September 16, 2012

Local food focus - A debate on sustainable, local food presented the newly appointed Environment Minister with an opportunity to deliver his first ministerial speech in Parliament. - September 13, 2012

Scottish Government support for Halls of Broxburn - Finance Secretary John Swinney updated the Taskforce on the recent steps that have been taken by the Scottish Government, West Lothian Council and other partners to address the situation. - September 13, 2012

Scottish food and drink export targets - Scottish food and drink could soon rival oil and gas as the nation's greatest export, according to new targets set today. - September 12, 2012

Stage set for a taste of success - Scottish food and drink producers today received a £1 million boost to ensure they are ready to make 2014 an unforgettable year for Scottish food and drink. - September 5, 2012

August 2012

Minister boards the food train - Local Government Minister Derek Mackay today visited the Food Train, a project which helps older people by bringing them their groceries and giving them extra support at home. - August 20, 2012

Minister takes food lesson with Edinburgh children - Local Government Minister Derek Mackay highlighted the work of community groups by joining some of the country’s youngest Olympic opening ceremony participants and learning about food through storytelling, tasting and experimenting. - August 7, 2012

July 2012

Dairy code of practice - “The test of success for our farmers will be when we see them being paid a decent return – and certainly one that is above the cost of production." - July 23, 2012

Five point dairy action plan - A five-point action plan to tackle pricing issues affecting the dairy industry was today unveiled by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. - July 12, 2012

Call for urgent dairy action - If a voluntary agreement cannot be reached to tackle plummeting milk prices then the option of legislation should be explored according Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead in a letter to DEFRA Agriculture Minister Jim Paice. - July 8, 2012

June 2012

Eat in season? There's an app for that! - Some of Scotland’s top chefs are backing the Scottish Government’s seasonal eating campaign and have dished up recipes for an Eat in Season recipe finder - June 22, 2012

Apprentices vital to food and drink - It is forecast that thousands of job opportunities will become available in the sector over the next five years as a result of retirement and expansion - June 21, 2012

May 2012

One potato, two potato... - With over a month of the season still to go, exports of seed potatoes to non-EU countries have already hit an all-time high of 77,277 tonnes - May 29, 2012

Scottish food champions - The Scottish Food Champions initiative, announced today by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, will recognise businesses which offer quality, fresh seasonal produce as well as promoting where their food comes from - May 24, 2012

Consultation on controlling BVD - A movement ban on Persistently Infected cattle is being proposed as part of plans to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) in Scotland - May 18, 2012

Grow Your Own - Mr Stevenson announced a £600,000 package of support to encourage the development of more community growing and support the growth of Scotland’s grow your own sector - May 17, 2012

Food packaging consultation launched - Making healthier food choices is set to become easier thanks to a consultation on food labelling launched today - May 14, 2012

April 2012

Maximising seafood exports - The Scottish Government is supporting the seafood sector with a £240,000 grant to take forward a range of initiatives to target new markets - April 24, 2012

March 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 - March 27, 2012

Support for food advert restrictions - The Public Health Minister is backing the introduction of a pre-9pm watershed ban on the broadcast advertising of foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt content (HFSS) - March 18, 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 - March 7, 2012

The nutritious state we're in - Promoting healthy eating is not something that can be left to schools alone - societal changes are needed if we want to see behaviour change - March 6, 2012

February 2012

Tucking into a taste sensation in Perth - Food lovers in Perthshire will be able to sample some of Scotland’s finest food and drink at Scotland’s National Food and Drink Conference - February 29, 2012

Food experts grilled - Have you ever wondered what Scotland’s biggest food export is? Or which country eats the most haggis? - February 28, 2012

Pelagic fish case - In the High Court today 17 Scottish skippers and one processing plant were sentenced for involvement in illegal pelagic fish landings between 2002 and 2005 - February 24, 2012

Dining out on design - An Aberdeen student is celebrating after scooping the top prize in a competition to design a logo for Scotland’s National Food and Drink Conference - February 22, 2012

Scottish salmon is 'dish of the day' in Dubai - Figures show Scottish salmon export value increase by 41.5 per cent in UAE - February 20, 2012

Funding boost for Dalbeattie abattoir - New slaughterhouse will benefit Dumfries and Galloway farmers - February 14, 2012

Smoking hot performance as exports soar - Scotland’s finest produce will be on display at Gulfood Show - February 5, 2012

Obama's aide offers food for thought - International speakers join home-grown talent for food and drink conference - February 1, 2012

January 2012

Action to boost meat exports - Extra £300k to promote Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb sales in Europe - January 18, 2012