Information
  1. Safeguarding food security

    Report from Scotland’s food security taskforce published.

  2. Women in Scottish fisheries: literature review

    Findings from a review of research literature, case studies and examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond, alongside existing government strategies, to provide insights into challenges and opportunities presented for women in Scottish fishing.

  3. Supporting Scotland’s master chefs

    National team to represent Scotland’s food and drink on the world stage.

  4. Good Food Nation Bill Passed

    Scottish Parliament passes the bill after Stage 3 debate.

  5. Marine Fund Scotland 2022-23: general guidance notes

    General guidance notes for prospective applicants to the Marine Fund Scotland 2022-23, including information on who can apply and how to apply.

  6. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  7. Restricting multi-buy price promotions on high fat, sugar or salt discretionary foods: analysis summary - briefing

    Analysis on the impact on potential calorie and nutrient intake by SRUC and the University of Aberdeen of restricting multi-buy promotions of high fat, sugar or salt discretionary food and drink. It is a companion to reducing health harms of foods high in fat, sugar or salt: economic modelling – final report.

  8. Reducing health harms of foods high in fat, sugar or salt: economic modelling – final report

    This project modelled the impact of restricting in-premise all price promotions of discretionary foods on sales and on total calories purchased.

  9. Safeguarding the food and drink sector

    Chancellor urged to avoid trade war.

  10. Supporting innovation in food and drink

    Latest funding round announced.

  11. Tied Pubs - Scottish Pubs Code - part 1: consultation analysis

    Analysis report of the responses received by the Scottish Government to the first consultation on a Scottish Pubs Code for tied pubs.

  12. Public views on adding calories to menus

    Healthier options when eating out.

  13. Out of home sector - mandatory calorie labelling: consultation

    The public is being invited to have their say on plans to add the number of calories to menus in the out of home food sector including cafes, restaurants and takeaways.

  14. Supporting and celebrating local produce

    Developing regional food and drink projects across Scotland.

  15. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  16. Investing in the food and drink sector

    Supporting growth and innovation.

  17. Addressing food security and supply

    Taskforce established with industry representatives.

  18. Sharing knowledge and innovation to tackle climate change

    Projects awarded funding in most recent round of Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund.

  19. New funding to boost innovative seaweed business

    Funding of £600,000 further supports the sustainable development of Scotland’s Blue Economy.

  20. Meeting sought on carbon dioxide supplies

    Rural Affairs Secretary demands UK Government action.

  21. Good Food Nation Bill Introduced

    Public bodies to prepare plans making good quality food accessible to all

  22. Plan to make eating out healthier

    Action to help food industry tackle obesity.

  23. Funding support for fishing and marine businesses

    Announcement comes during Holyrood food and drink debate.

  24. Investing in food and drink sector innovation

    Applications now open for a fund to support producers and suppliers

  25. Funding for Seafood sector recovery

    Support for industry impacted by Brexit and Covid-19

  26. Funding to help food and drink sector recover from Covid impact

    Scheme looks to showcase local produce

  27. Scottish shellfish farm production survey 2020

    Employment in the sector increases by 8%

  28. Calls to extend seafood task force

    Rural Affairs Secretary urges UK Government to continue talks

  29. Agricultural survey: results - December 2020

    Annual agricultural survey results based on data from larger agricultural holdings together with estimates for smaller farms.

  30. Celebrating local produce

    Development of regional food and drink projects across Scotland.

  31. Priorities for seafood taskforce

    Urgent work required to support sector.

  32. Help for food and drink wholesalers

    New £5 million fund to help businesses.

  33. Transforming Scotland’s convenience store sector

    Increasing sales of fresh, healthy Scottish produce.

  34. Food & Drink Recovery Plan

    Funding to accelerate change in the sector.

  35. Nutritional analysis: software specification

    Guidance for local authorities, or their contracted caterers, for advice to procure software which will be used to plan and nutritionally analyse food and drink provision in schools in order to meet the Nutritional Requirements for food and drink in schools (Scotland) Regulations, 2020.

  36. Investing in the food industry

    Support for local producers.

  37. Coronavirus food fund

    Support to put meals on tables.

  38. Deliveries for high risk groups

    Local services to supply groceries and medicines to those most at risk.

  39. Pubs, cafes and more told to close

    Closure to apply immediately.

  40. Families should move to Best Start Foods

    Healthy Start vouchers stop issuing in Scotland on 31 March.

  41. Supporting food and drink tourism

    Putting Scottish produce on the map.

  42. Food standards

    UK mandate to hit rural Scotland.

  43. Food aid

    Volunteers helping tackle food bank misery.

  44. Support for small bakeries

    Funding to secure independent and family-run businesses.

  45. Scotch Beef back on the menu

    Canadian restaurant first to sell Scotch Beef since 1996. 

  46. Good Food Nation - programme of measures: 2019 update

    A report on the progress made on Scotland's Good Food Nation ambitions.

  47. Support for food and drink sector

    Funding to support regional projects.

  48. An appetite for Scotland

    Extra funding to promote local produce.

  49. Salmon exports to Japan

    Demand increasing in deal with sushi chain.

  50. Brexit impact on red meat sector

    Export costs to increase.

  51. Food Processing, Marketing and Co-Operation Fund 2014-2020: evaluation

    Applicants’ and experts’ experiences of application and assessment procedures, and how the applicants' projects adhered to the objectives of the scheme and those of the Scottish Government.

  52. Reducing health harms of foods high in fat, sugar, or salt: consultation analysis

    Independent analysis of the responses to the consultation on proposals to restrict the promotion and marketing of foods high in fat, sugar, or salt, and have little to no nutritional benefit.

  53. Good Food Nation proposals for legislation: analysis of consultation responses

    Analysis of responses to the Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation consultation.

  54. New healthy food support launches

    Payment card replaces paper vouchers.

  55. Review of the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland

    Report of the research carried out by Harper Adams University, on behalf of the Scottish Government, into the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland.

  56. Review of the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland: summary report

    Summary report of the research carried out by Harper Adams University, on behalf of the Scottish Government, into the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland.

  57. Allotments: guidance for local authorities

    Guidance on certain sections of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: Allotments.

  58. Food and drink supply chain and transport industry: evidence report

    Result of a study investigating existing Scottish food and drink export logistics, and their resilience.

  59. An appetite for education

    First Minister announces food education programme.

  60. Farming and food production

    New working group formed.

  61. Making school food healthier

    More fruit and vegetables, less processed red meat and sugar on the menu.

  62. Food and drink exports

    Five year vision outlined.

  63. Supporting Scotland's produce

    £104k to promote locally sourced food and drink. 

  64. Holiday meals for children

    Funding for food during school holidays.

  65. Rural Scotland and EU citizens

    EU workforce is ‘essential’.

  66. Agri-tourism monitor farms

    Improving food and farm businesses.

  67. Funding for food industry

    £6 million awarded to local food processors.

  68. Showcasing food and drink

    First Minister promotes Scotland’s natural larder in Canada.

  69. Farm income falls due to the high cost of feed

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  70. Agri-food tariff threat to Scottish consumers and producers

    Ewing highlights trade threat.

  71. Less Favoured Areas scheme

    Ewing: ‘absolutely committed’ to maintaining support.

  72. Fair Food Transformation Fund: independent review

    Fair Food Transformation Fund (FFTF) was set up to support initiatives aimed at reducing food poverty and reliance on emergency food aid.

  73. Less Favoured Areas scheme

    Changes to support for farmers.

  74. CAP payments

    Payment timetable published.

  75. Cereal harvest in 2018 affected by weather

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  76. Croft House Grant

    Funding for crofter homes.

  77. Relationship between food environment and planning system: research summary

    Summary of research responding to the question 'How can the planning system best support the creation of an improved food environment in Scotland?'.

  78. Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: liquor personal licence holder training accreditation

    Sets out the appropriate training qualifications for liqour personal licence holders.

  79. Threat to seed potato exports

    No deal scenario unacceptable.

  80. Update of the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007: summary of responses

    Summary of responses to a consultation on updating secondary legislation which sets out procedural matters related to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

  81. BSE

    Disease confirmed in Aberdeenshire.

  82. Welfare Foods: consultation summary

    This consultation on meeting the needs of children and families in Scotland was published in April 2018 and invited views on our approach to Welfare Foods following the devolution through the Scotland Act 2016.

  83. Scottish Agricultural Census: June 2018

    Statistics regarding the area of crops and other farmland, livestock, agriculture workforce and rented farmland.

  84. Poor weather impacted Scottish agriculture

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  85. Rural Scotland rated very good place to live

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  86. 2018 cereal harvest

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  87. CAP update

    Loan payments underway.

  88. Reducing health harms of foods high in fat, sugar or salt: consultation

    We are seeking views on restricting the promotion and marketing of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt with little or no beneficial nutritional value where they are sold to the public.

  89. ‘No deal’ could see flights grounded

    Constitutional Relations Secretary calls for end to 'Brexit brinkmanship'.

  90. Bank lending to Scottish Farming

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  91. Good Food Nation - programme of measures: 2018 update

    A report on the progress made on Scotland's Good Food Nation ambitions.

  92. Promoting Scotch lamb

    Funding for 2018 campaign confirmed.

  93. Scottish protected food names under threat

    Call for the UK Government to protect famous Scottish produce.

  94. Search for salmon

    New research to improve monitoring of wild salmon stocks.

  95. Protected food names under threat

    Concerns raised on future trade deals.

  96. A healthier future: Scotland's diet and healthy weight delivery plan

    Sets out how we will work with partners in the public and private sector to help people make healthier choices about food.

  97. CAP Update

    Payment deadline met.

  98. Trials for inshore fisheries measures

    Pilots for new fisheries management arrangements.

  99. Women in agriculture

    Advancing gender equality.

  100. LFASS update

    2019 support scheme outlined.

  101. Stability, certainty and simplicity in rural support

    Public consultation launched.

  102. Agriculture Facts & Figures

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  103. Nutritional requirements for food and drink in schools: consultation

    Proposed amendments to the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

  104. Food and drink in schools: nutrition requirements review

    Independent review by the Technical Working Group of nutrition requirements regulations.

  105. Farming needs to change

    Agriculture Champions deliver their report.

  106. Sustainable growth of farmed fish

    Framework to support Scotland’s top food export sector launched

  107. Slight increase in organic farmland

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland 

  108. CAP convergence review

    Rural Secretary “disappointed” in delay.

  109. CAP payments

    Farm payments underway.

  110. Farm funding

    Application window opens.

  111. Exports hit record £6 billion

    Food and drink statistics.

  112. Registering Scottish Wild Venison under the EU protected food name scheme: consultation

    Consultation on an application received by the Scottish Government to register Scottish Wild Venison as a protected geographical indication.

  113. Food project funding

    Multi-million pound boost for food processing company.

  114. Future of farming

    Opportunities for new farmers.

  115. Post-Brexit trade scenarios

    Farming at risk.

  116. Record levels of salmon and whisky exports

    EU top export market.

  117. Loans scheme confirmed

    LFASS update.

  118. Food project funding

    Multi-million pound boost for food manufacturing company.

  119. Milk and barley give a boost to farming income

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  120. Protecting the environment

    New funding round for Agri-Environment Climate Scheme.

  121. Eat green in 2018

    Scots urged to put more fruit and veg on the menu.

  122. Hogmanay haggis for Canadian Scots

    Seven tonnes exported.

  123. Funding for rural businesses

    Agri-Environment Climate Change Scheme awards.

  124. LFASS grants update

    Changes to 2018 support scheme.

  125. Improvement in cereal harvest

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  126. Exports continue to grow

    Food and drink statistics.

  127. National Chef appointed

    Masterchef to promote Scottish produce.

  128. Funding for food industry

    Multimillion pound award to food processors.

  129. Obesity Indicators statistics published

    An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

  130. Pesticide Usage in Scotland

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  131. Convention of the Highlands and Islands

    Proposals for Aquaculture Innovation Sites outlined.

  132. Farm payments made early

    Over £292 million paid out.

  133. Hill farmers fleeced

    Scottish farmers owed millions in convergence payments.

  134. Bluetongue virus detected

    Farmers urged to remain vigilant.

  135. Food and drink exports hit half-year high

    Importance of continued access to EU market shown.

  136. Crop areas and sheep numbers increase in latest farm census

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  137. EU funding guarantee

    Ewing: vital we establish funding guarantee parameters.

  138. Support for butter buyers

    Feasibility study to help Scottish businesses beat butter shortage.

  139. Improvement expected in this year’s harvest

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  140. Fish landings increase

    Quantity and value increase again.

  141. Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2016

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  142. More local food on the table

    £1.3m to support locally-produced food in public sector.

  143. Future CAP support

    Ewing: Future planning virtually impossible.

  144. Promoting local food and drink: action plan

    Sets out how we will deliver commitments in the ‘Ambition 2030’ food and drink strategy.

  145. CAP stabilisation plan

    Farmers offered more certainty and support.

  146. Farmers get online

    Digital Single Application Form.

  147. Bank Loans to Scottish Farming

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  148. A future in food

    Funding for food and drink careers education in schools.

  149. Call for marine funding certainty

    Scottish Government seeks answers on future fisheries and aquaculture investment.

  150. Brexit risk to farming

    Ewing: No deal not an option.

  151. Tackling obesity

    Helping people make healthy choices.

  152. Conserving salmon stocks

    Pilot to track iconic fish.

  153. Dairy farming support

    Payments to arrive in bank accounts.

  154. Rural Parliament support

    £200,000 to empower communities.

  155. Food and drink innovation

    £650,000 to support business growth.

  156. Growing fruit and veg

    Leadership group announced.

  157. The rural economy’s future

    National Council established.

  158. Food project funding

    Multi-million pound boost to food processors.

  159. Crofting Commission appointment

    New convener announced.

  160. Rural and Environment Secretaries write to Defra ministers

    Scottish Government “must” be consulted on rural and environment Brexit issues.

  161. Food and drink exports continue to grow

    £1.2 billion exported in first quarter of 2017.

  162. Agriculture Facts & Figures

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  163. CAP reform payments

    Scottish farmers denied the full £190 million.

  164. BSE negligible risk status

    Scotland achieves safest level possible.

  165. Increase in landings

    Value of Scottish catch at record high.

  166. Further fall in organic land

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  167. CAP reform

    Rural Affairs Secretary sets out thinking.

  168. Scallop conservation

    New protection measures.

  169. Avian influenza

    Prevention zone to be lifted.

  170. Scottish farm incomes

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  171. EU funding for Seafood Scotland

    Support to promote Scotland’s fishing industry globally.

  172. Croft House Grants awarded

    Funding for crofter homes.

  173. Asian appetite for Scottish food and drink

    Food and drink exports hit £1 billion.

  174. Loan scheme for vulnerable farmers

    Rural Secretary confirms £50 million loans for farmers in less favoured areas.

  175. Supporting new farmers

    £2.5 million to support new businesses.

  176. Building a commercial seaweed industry

    First policy guidelines for sustainable seaweed cultivation.

  177. LFASS update

    Changes to 2018 support scheme.

  178. Support for Scotland's food and drink industry

    £10m backing to boost growth.

  179. Crofting election results

    Six new commissioners elected.

  180. Mixed results in latest farm census

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  181. School food nutrition

    Review of regulations.

  182. Boost for Scotland’s food and drink

    £750 million potential market for procurement of food and drink public contracts.

  183. Easing high demand for allotments

    New powers could help more community groups to “grow your own”

  184. Brexit, food and farming

    Cabinet Secretary highlights threat of leaving the European Single Market on food and farming industries.

  185. Combating food poverty

    £350,000 to make fresh and healthy food available

  186. Broccoli and cauliflower top vegetables shunned by kids

    Eat Better Feel Better drive launches to help parents make veg the hero.

  187. Celebrating food and drink success

    New year cheer for Scotland’s Food and Drink.

  188. Scottish blueberries

    Research to help increase local production of in demand fruit.

  189. Championing Scotland’s Food & Drink

    £3 million scheme to promote local food and drink launched on St Andrew’s Day.

  190. Making Scotland a 'Good Food Nation'

    £250,000 for community schemes to promote healthy food initiatives.

  191. Scottish Food Commission: interim report

    An interim report outlining the Scottish Food Commission's initial thoughts on the challenge of making Scotland a 'Good Food Nation'.

  192. Indicators for a Good Food Nation: Food Commission report

    Report outlining how the Scottish Food Commission selected indicators for realising our Good Food Nation vision.

  193. Organic Ambitions Fund 2016-17: guidance

    Information and guidance on the Organic Ambitions Fund 2016-17.

  194. Registering Forfar Bridie under the EU Protected Food Name (PFN) scheme: consultation

    Consultation to register Forfar Bridie as a product of protected geographical indication under the EU Protected Food Name scheme.

  195. Registering Ayrshire Early New Potatoes/Ayrshire Earlies under the EU Protected Food Name (PFN) Scheme: consultation

    Consultation to register as a product of protected geographical indication under the EU Protected Food Name Scheme.

  196. Becoming a Good Food Nation: an analysis of consultation responses

    Full analysis of responses to the consultation on development of a revised national food and drink policy.

  197. Becoming a Good Food Nation: an analysis of consultation responses: research findings

    Summary analysis of responses to the consultation on development of a revised national food and drink policy.

  198. Better eating, better learning: a new context for school food

    Refreshed guidance to support schools and all stakeholders to work in partnership to make improvements in school food and food education.

  199. Principles for a partnership approach for the food and drink industry and other related organisations working with schools

    Principles for a partnership approach for the food and drink industry and other related organisations working with schools.

  200. Grow Your Own Working Group: recommendations report

    Recommendations from the Grow Your Own Working Group (GYOWG) on how we can support people to grow their own food.

  201. Public bodies climate change duties: putting them into practice, guidance required by part four of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

    Guidance to support public bodies in exercising their duties under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

  202. Catering for change: buying food sustainably in the public sector

    Guidance for anyone involved in the procurement of food or catering services in the public sector.

  203. Sustainable procurement action plan for Scotland

    A plan to help the public sector build sustainable procurement into their corporate culture and include sustainability in procurement activity.

  204. Recipe For Success: Scotland's national food and drink policy

    National food and drink policy published in 2009.

  205. Healthy eating in schools: a guide to implementing the nutritional requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008

    Guidance on implementing the nutritional requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

  206. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Scotland Act: Health promotion guidance for local authorities and schools

    Guidance to support local authorities, schools and managers of grant-aided schools in working with partner agencies to ensure that all schools promote good health.

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