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2013 Food News

December 2013

Dram good figures! - Whisky exports soar as the drink plays its part in New Year celebrations - December 31, 2013

Call for Scottish chicken sourcing policy - Poultry plan scopes demand for premium product - December 30, 2013

Safeguarding Scottish chicken - Poultry plan aims to deliver sustainable and profitable future - December 24, 2013

Source local for your festive feast - Scotland home to some of the world’s finest food and drink - December 19, 2013

First Minister visits Edinburgh foodbank - Rise in the number of people receiving food aid in 2013 - December 17, 2013

Freeze in effort a priority for Scottish fishing - No reduction in the amount of days at sea for Scottish fishermen is the priority outlined ahead of the crucial end of year negotiations - December 15, 2013

Fisheries support package - The fishing industry and harbours across Scotland have benefitted from the latest package of awards under the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the fisheries harbours emergency grant scheme - December 10, 2013

Poultry plan - Work taken forward to strengthen foundation of poultry industry in Scotland - December 9, 2013

Alcohol report - Response to report on alcohol misuse - December 9, 2013

Food and drink supply chain funding - More of Scotland’s spectacular array of food and drink products will be exported around the globe as a result of funding announced today - December 5, 2013

November 2013

St Andrew’s Day message - The next year will be the “most incredible time to be in Scotland”, First Minister Alex Salmond has said in his St Andrew's Day message - November 29, 2013

Scotland’s Future – blueprint for a fairer country - First Minister Alex Salmond today launched the “most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published ”: Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland - November 26, 2013

Obesity Indicators 2013 - Scotland’s Chief Statistician today announced the publication of indicators to monitor progress on the prevention of obesity route map - November 26, 2013

Grate news for Orkney cheese - Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar has been granted official recognition from the EU – affording it extra protection against unauthorised imitation - November 22, 2013

Beefing up production - A new beef industry group is being set up to look at the options for increasing sustainable long term growth in Scotch Beef production - November 20, 2013

Action after horsemeat - New laws will be brought in to protect consumers in the wake of the horsemeat scandal - November 15, 2013

‘Supermarket watchdog’ welcomed - Scottish grocery suppliers should not hesitate to seek help from the new ‘supermarket watchdog’, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said - November 14, 2013

Scotland’s CAP budget cut - Scottish farmers will be deprived of hundreds of millions of euros in European subsidies that is rightfully theirs following today’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget announcement by the UK Government - November 8, 2013

Scotch Beef back on the US menu - Scotch Beef will soon be available to consumers in the United States of America for the first time in nearly 20 years - November 4, 2013

October 2013

Enjoy a 'Day Oot' on St Andrew's Day - Biggest ever programme of events and offers for national day - October 30, 2013

Scottish retail sales grow 1.1 per cent - A National Statistics Publication for Scotland - October 30, 2013

Retail sales grow - Continued economic growth - October 30, 2013

Non-Domestic Rates Relief Statistics for Small Businesses in Scotland 2013 - An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - October 30, 2013

Business in Scotland 2013 Statistics - An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - October 30, 2013

Over 92,000 small businesses boosted with tax relief - More enterprises launched with more support - October 30, 2013

First Minister to visit China - Trade mission will take Scotland to heart of one of world’s biggest economies - October 28, 2013

Funding for new farmers - Hundreds of new farmers across Scotland are set to receive a share of £2 million funding -  October 23, 2013

Minimum Unit Pricing - the Irish Government plan to develop a range of measures to tackle alcohol misuse – including a minimum price for alcohol - October 23, 2013

Funding for new farmers - Hundreds of new farmers across Scotland are set to receive a share of £2 million funding - October 23, 2013

Manufactured exports on the rise - The Scottish Index of Manufactured Exports, which is published today, shows that export volumes rose by 3.5 per cent in real terms during the second quarter of 2013 from April to June - October 23, 2013

Manufactured export statistics - Index of manufacturing exports for Scotland - second quarter of 2013 - October 23, 2013

White Paper date - Blueprint for independent Scotland published on November 26 - October 19, 2013

Scotland bottom of CAP table - Scotland is expected to end up at the bottom of new league tables of EU farming subsidy - October 19, 2013

Cod stock recovering - All eyes now turn to scientific advice due soon - October 17, 2013

Cod TAC and days at sea are priorities - Increased cod TAC would help prevent discards, while days at sea reduction would cripple fishing industry - October 16, 2013

A helping hand at home and abroad - Farmers at home and abroad are benefitting through support from the Scottish Government to safeguard the future supply of food - October 16, 2013

Cross-party CAP funding call - A cross-party letter has been sent to the UK Government calling for about €230 million in extra EU farming subsidies to be allocated to Scotland - October 14, 2013

Cereal harvest cheer - Experts estimate improvements on last year - October 10, 2013

Improved prospects for Scottish harvest - Scotland’s cereal harvest is expected to make a partial recovery in 2013 after poor weather last year caused the largest fall in yields for more than two decades - October 10, 2013

Tourism visits and spend on the rise - Expenditure and visits to Scotland by both international and domestic tourists has risen during the first half of 2013 according to official figures - October 10, 2013

Support for farmers - Almost £3.5 million Scottish Government compensation has now been paid to farmers hit by losses caused by this year’s severe weather - October 9, 2013

Difficult winter highlighted in latest farming figures - The effects of last winter’s poor weather are demonstrated in the latest comprehensive set of figures on farming in Scotland - October 9, 2013

Mackerel stocks increasing - Scottish fishing quotas of mackerel for 2014 may benefit significantly following the publication of scientific advice - October, 4 2013

Scotland’s CAP choices - Rural Affairs Secretary sets out thinking on implementation - October 3, 2013

Pesticide usage on farms - Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published three reports in relation to pesticide usage on farms in Scotland - October 1, 2013

September 2013

Rise in farm payment euro rate - The exchange rate to be used for the 2013 Single Farm Payment Scheme has gone up - September 20, 2013

The Scottish Health Survey 2012 - A National Statistics Publication for Scotland - September 24, 2013

Salmond hails legacy as he welcomes Ryder captains - Effects already being felt with a year to go until tournament tees off - September 23, 2013

Making Scotland’s food healthier - Some of Scotland’s favourite foods are becoming healthier, thanks to an innovative programme run by the Scottish Government and Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) - September 22, 2013

Salmon and sea trout fishery statistics 2012 - Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published the salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2012 season - September 20, 2013

Farmers receive Weather Aid - Weather Aid payments to Scottish farmers have now started, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has confirmed - September 19, 2013

Milking it - Scotland’s dairy sector has the capability to become a global leader, according to Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead - September 17, 2013

Scots urged to enjoy foods at their tastiest time - Two of Scotland’s top chefs are giving their full backing to the Scottish Government’s new Eat in Season campaign – September 15, 2013

Procurement Bill sent to Parliament - Proposed new legislation to make it easier for new, small and third sector companies to bid for public contracts has moved closer to becoming reality today - September 12, 2013

Food & drink success - New industry goal as turnover target smashed six years ahead of schedule - September 10, 2013

Chefs@School - Cooking pros offer special lessons for the classroom - September 9, 2013

A slice of recognition - Application for Dundee Cake to be given protected status - September 6, 2012.

July 2013

Manufactured export sales rise - Food and drink sales up 3.3 per cent. The volume of Scottish manufactured export sales grew by 2.5 per cent during the first quarter of 2013 (January to March) - July 24, 2013

Scotland needs fair deal from fish fund - Call for share of EMFF to reflect size of industry. Scotland’s fishing and aquaculture sectors deserve a fairer share of the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) - July 14, 2013

Putting food safety first - Scottish report published on lessons learned from the horsemeat issue - July 5, 2013

June 2013

Distilling for success - 19 Scottish food and drink companies have been awarded grants worth around £8.5 million in the latest round of funding by the Scottish Government - June 21, 2013

Double boost for Scottish farmers - New farmers in Scotland have today been handed a double boost with the news of additional funding and the creation of a starter unit - June 20, 2013

What’s in a name? - What do Stornoway black pudding, Arbroath Smokies and Scotch Lamb have in common? As well as being high quality, they’ve all achieved EU protected food name status - June 16, 2013

Launch of Allotment Site Design Guide - A guide, which will assist local authorities and gardening groups design and cultivate allotment sites, has been launched - June 15, 2013

May 2013

Once in a lifetime - An entrepreneur’s lifetime of food and drink success has been rewarded with an outstanding achievement award from the Scottish Government - May 31, 2013

Seeds of growth for organic farming - Organic food was on the menu in Elgin today as Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead launched the updated Organic Action Plan - May 27, 2013

Frustration and anger over red meat levy - Scotland’s flagship red meat industry is losing out to the tune of £1.4 million a year because of lost levy income - May 22, 2013

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2012 - Scotland’s Chief Statistician publishes the Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2012 - May 20, 2013

Food for thought - Scottish schools will be providing more food education for pupils thanks to a £1 million fund launched today - May 15, 2013

Sanctions a step closer - Sanctions to conserve herring stocks and help protect the livelihoods of Scottish fishermen have been outlined by EU Commission - May 13, 2013

Quality Meat Scotland - The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, has announced the appointment of four members to the Board of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) - May 8, 2013

Recognition for Stornoway Black Pudding - Stornoway Black Pudding has been given official recognition from the EU – protecting it against unauthorised imitation - May 8, 2013

Promoting healthy food - Scottish retailers will receive more help to promote healthier food options in convenience stores thanks to a fresh injection of Scottish Government funding - May 7, 2013

£6 million aid package - Farmers who have been hardest hit by the recent snow and last year’s wet weather are to get help from the Scottish Government - May 1, 2013

Support for grow your own projects - Scotland’s growing Grow Your Own movement was given extra support by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead - May 1,2013

April 2013

Food and drink exports on the rise - Exports from Scotland’s food and drink industry rose 1.5 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2012 (October to December) - April 24, 2013

Responsible marketing of food and drink - Scotland is taking the lead in responsible marketing of food and drink to cut Scotland’s obesity problem - April 24, 2013

£2.6m boost for fishing - The latest round European Fisheries Fund (EFF) grants will give support to 78 projects across the sea fisheries, aquaculture and fish processing sectors - April 23, 2013

Mind the gap - Transition arrangements for the Common Agricultural Policy should ensure that support can continue for Scottish farmers - April 22, 2013

Rural road show in Portree - Plans to provide financial support for rural communities in Scotland are to be discussed at a series of road shows, kicking off in Portree - April 22, 2013

Retailers urged to shop local - Retailers have been challenged to make a permanent commitment to Scottish food producers - April 20, 2013

Volume of fish landings remains stable but value falls by seven per cent - Provisional statistics published today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician show that the overall quayside value of fish landed by Scottish vessels in 2012 decreased by seven per cent, compared with the record level in 2011 - April 19, 2013

Provisional Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics 2012 Season - Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published the provisional salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2012 season - April 19, 2013

Grow your own - Plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules have been announced - April 15, 2013

Flawed cod plan frustration - Scotland’s fishermen are once again the victims of the flawed and widely discredited Cod Recovery Plan (CRP) - April 12, 2013

March 2013

Schmallenberg (SBV) update - Farmers have been urged to remain vigilant after the first evidence emerged that Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) was circulating in Scotland in 2012 - March, 27 2013

CAP deal a step closer - The latest stage in the Common Agricultural Policy reform process was today given a cautious welcome by Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead - March 20, 2013

School meals in Malawi - The delivery of a daily school meal to children in Malawi will be aided by a Scottish graduate intern - March 8, 2013

February 2013

Expert food groups established - Two expert food groups will be established in Scotland following the recent horse meat issue - February 19, 2013

Horse meat update - Comment from Richard Lochhead, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs speaking after today’s key meeting with retailers regarding the horsemeat issues - February 18, 2013

Retailers must review sourcing and purchasing - Scottish industry can offer solution to purchasing meat locally - February 17, 2013

CMO comment on horse meat - Comment on traces of bute being found in horse carcasses, by Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer - February 14. 2013

Horse meat update - Lochhead welcomes EU action on meat inspections - February 14, 2013

Strengthening Scotch Label - Lochhead pledges support for meat industry to maximise potential - February 12, 2013

Statement on horse meat in Scotland - Key stakeholders discuss the ongoing horse meat incident. - February 11, 2013

Additional horse meat inspections in Scotland - Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency taking issue ‘very seriously’ - February 10, 2013

Official statement on horse meat - Mr Lochhead and Mr Matheson speak out - February 9, 2013

Chain reaction - Food hub aims to match suppliers with buyers - February 1, 2013

January 2013

A distillery on Harris - Island project among latest recipients of Scottish Government grant scheme - January 21, 2013