RASPBERRY INDUSTRY IN SCOTLAND
The Scottish raspberry industry has been in decline for a long time. Since the mid-1980s the area in plantations has been reducing and the tonnage has declined. This decline was due to a number of factors including weak varieties, disease problems and cheap imports. Problems have been exacerbated by the industry’s inability to breed a new variety which the industry believes can halt the decline.
In 2000, the then Scottish Executive commissioned DTZ Pieda Consulting to review and report on the future of the raspberry industry in Scotland. Following publication of the report an industry forum was convened in July 2001 and then worked with attendees from February 2002 onwards to discuss the formation of a possible consortium to commission a raspberry breeding programme. The first programme (7 years) was announced in July 2003 with a second announced in 2009 (5 years).