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2015 Food & Drink News

December 2015

More visitors getting a taste for Scotland - Ewing toasts industry after ‘hugely successful’ Year of Food and Drink - December 29, 2015

A very Scottish Christmas - Scotland’s Food Secretary Richard Lochhead is urging Scots to support their local producers - December 22, 2015

November 2015

Hopes rise for Scotch lamb and haggis exports - Scotch Lamb and haggis could be back on US plates by 2017 - November 13, 2015

Spreading the word on Scottish dairy - Food Secretary highlights dairy brand in New York - November 11, 2015

Scotch beef and lamb exports - Key products promoted in Canada after export ban lifted - November 9, 2015

Flying the flag for Scottish food and drink - Food Secretary to highlight quality of our produce on North America visit - November 8, 2015

October 2015

Dairy brand launched at Anuga - Food Secretary launches Scottish dairy brand to the international market - October 12, 2015

Cracking the international dairy market - Scottish dairy and eggs exports have rocketed since 2007 - October 12, 2015

September 2015

Retailers & food companies should ‘support Scottish farmers’ - Rural Affairs Secretary calls for high street coffee chains to source Scottish - September 23, 2015

Piping hot - Italy enjoys a slice of Scotland at Milan Expo - September 11, 2015

Fairer framework for farming - Lochhead suggests key elements of a fairer deal for farmers across the UK - September 6, 2015

Farming support schemes launched - Beef and sheep farmers can apply for share of £38 million - September 1, 2015

August 2015

Sourcing Scottish produce - FM announces steps to help increase sales of Scottish food - August 26, 2015

Farm ministers agree urgent action - List of asks of supermarkets and caterers to be drawn up - August 17, 2015

Call to back dairy - Rural Affairs Secretary comments following NFUS summit - August 10, 2015

Focus on long-term export options - Further talks to explore long-term solutions following “quick-to-market” plan - August 6, 2015

Richard Lochhead responds to dairy farmer protests - August 4, 2015

Prioritise perishable produce - Fisheries & Food Secretary demands urgent action from UK Government to help seafood sector as Calais crisis continues - August 3, 2015

Focus on seafood exports - Discussion to investigate alternative routes to the continent - August 3, 2015

Say cheese! - Protected Food Name application to launch at Aboyne Games - August 1, 2015

July 2015

Call to prioritise Channel food exports - Cabinet Secretary urges UK action to support Scottish firms - July 30, 2015

Action needed on export delays - Resilience meeting assesses impact on Scottish businesses - July 29, 2015

Campbeltown Creamery funding - First instalment of crucial Scottish Government funding received by First Milk - July 28, 2015

Figures to feast on - FM announces value of food and drink exports to China worth £85 million - July 26, 2015

A dram good experience - FM opens new Whisky Experience Centre and announces £3 million malt fund - July 26, 2015

Young’s Seafood - Joint Stakeholder Group hears revised plan that would retain jobs in Fraserburgh - July 23, 2015

Business Minister to chair seafood jobs meeting - Scottish Government seeks to protect at-risk posts - July 15, 2015

A dram of recognition - Food Secretary wants iconic whisky regions to be recognised by UNESCO - July 5, 2015

Japan’s growing appetite - Major increase in Scottish food and drink exports to Japan - July 1, 2015

June 2015

No wasted opportunities - Scottish economy could be boosted by up to £800 million from fish, beer and whisky waste and by-products - June 30, 2015

Pressing for recognition - Scottish Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil to apply for EU protected food name status - June 19, 2015

Future of Scottish farming - Rural Affairs Secretary sets out vision for agriculture - June 19, 2015

Scottish dairy brand unveiled - Brand set to increase premium market opportunities for Scottish dairy sector - June 18, 2015

Hospital food standards - Revised standards for hospital food are to be introduced across Scotland - June 7, 2015

Food showcase delivers £20 million boost - 2014 food and drink event delivering legacy impact for Scottish Food & Drink companies - June 7, 2015

Food levy powers - Environment Secretary calls for additional powers during meeting with UK Minister - June 3, 2015

May 2015

Future of fishing - Ban will tackle 25,000 tonnes of dead fish being thrown back into the sea - May 29, 2015

Shellfish management for Outer Hebrides - Crab and lobster catches to be protected - May 29, 2015

New record for Scottish food exports - Food exports smash £1.1 billion - May 27, 2015

Help for Bute dairy farmers - Scottish Government confirms additional support for dairy farmers - May 27, 2015

Lochhead meets new Tesco Chairman - Food Secretary welcomes Tesco’s £2.1 billion worth of sales of Scottish produce - May 21, 2015

Minister announces study on pub tenancies - ‘Wet pub sector’ to be examined - May 20, 2015

Highest ever mussel production - Success for the shellfish industry - May 18, 2015

Food funding - Cabinet Secretary launches £70m support scheme - May 14, 2015

Meeting with First Milk - Rural Affairs Secretary issues statement after meeting with dairy company - May 12, 2015

Concern over beef prices - Lochhead asks QMS to investigate falling cattle price and link to imports - May 4, 2015

April 2015

Cream of the crop - Rural Secretary says dairy industry could benefit from country of origin labelling - April 20, 2015

In the bag - Carrier bag charge slashes usage and raises more than £1 million for charity - April 17, 2015

March 2015

Dairy cash boost - Government to invest in Campbeltown Creamery - March 31, 2015

Dun deal - European protected status given to Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese - March 26, 2015

Dairy Plan launched - Action plan aims to improve resilience of dairy sector - March 24, 2015

First Minister serves up a feast - Cabinet along with young people from the youth summit in Inverness enjoyed food from a Highland bothy - March 23, 2015 

Good to Go - Doggy bag pilot to be extended - March 19, 2015

Food matters - Food Secretary welcomes plans for network of Local Good Food Champions - March 18, 2015

Make TTIP transparent - Food Secretary disappointed TTIP was discussed behind closed doors - March 16, 2015

Scotland seeks TTIP reassurance - Food Secretary takes case for enhanced protection to Europe - March 15, 2015

Alcohol and junk food - End advertising before 9pm to protect children - March 8, 2015

Good Times ahead for top brewery - Ministers welcome proposed Williams Bros. export expansion - March 2, 2015

February 2015

Eat local - Happier Mealtimes campaign highlights benefits of local, in-season food - February 25, 2015

Becoming a Good Food Nation - Food Commission members announced with award-winning chef at the helm - February 16, 2015

“Shocking” rise in food aid provision - New Poverty Alliance report shows growing demand for emergency food aid - February 12, 2015

Look for local - Rural Affairs Secretary calls on retailers and consumers to put local food first - February 10, 2015

Scottish dairy brand to be set up - Government support for dairy farmers - February 4, 2015

Scottish retail sales grow 1.7 per cent - A National Statistics Publication for Scotland - February 4, 2015

January 2015

Overseas export growth - Volume of manufactured exports grew by 1.8% - January 28, 2015

Index of manufacturing exports for Scotland for the 3rd quarter of 2014 - A National Statistics publication for Scotland- January 28, 2015

Supporting Scottish dairy sector - Europe discusses milk prices - January 26, 2015

Cream of the crop - New training scheme for young people in the dairy sector - January 26, 2015

Dairy concerns taken to EU - Rural Secretary will demand action for Scottish farmers - January 26, 2015

Audit to get Scotch Beef back into USA - US officials to be invited to audit red meat processors - January 25, 2014

Exporting excellence - Scotland’s international exports reach a record £27.9 billion - January 26, 2015

Six months since Commonwealth Games - Top inspirational Games moments revealed - January 23, 2015

Honey firm to benefit from share of £16 million Fund - Sweet loan success for North Lanarkshire social enterprise -

January 21, 2015

Scottish economy grows 0.6 per cent - A National Statistics Publication for Scotland - January 21, 2015

Calls for Europe to consider dairy - Rural Affairs Secretary writes to UK Government - January 20, 2015

Support for Scottish dairy - Rural Affairs Secretary urges retailers to promote Scottish produce - January 15, 2015

Healthier eating made easier than ever for Scotland’s families - Eat Better Feel Better campaign launched to help Scotland’s families make simple changes to the way they shop, cook and eat - January 8, 2015

Pupils enjoying free school meals - New scheme benefits 135,000 P1-3 children across Scotland - January 7, 2015

Support for local produce - Study reveals support for local sourcing by Scotland's public sector and NHS - January 5, 2015

Back to school for First Minister - Free school meals now on the menu for all P1-3 pupils across Scotland - January 5, 2015