Enabling constructive conversation between government and business.
It is vital that we build a policy and regulatory environment that supports responsible growth across our industry. It is also crucial to use policy and regulation effectively to underpin Scotland's global reputation for animal welfare, food safety, traceability, sustainability, and quality. We work alongside the Scottish and UK Governments on relevant regulatory and policy areas. We ensure policy development is grounded in the reality of running a food and drink business. Our role is to understand the needs and concerns of all industry businesses and relay these to government, whilst understanding the needs and concerns of government and relaying these to industry.
Summary of Scottish Government’s Programme for Government (PfG) 2023-24
The Scottish Government’s latest PfG was published on 5th September 2023 and included a foreword from the First Minister (FM) Humza Yousaf which reiterated that the Scottish Government is focussed on three missions:
- Equality: Tackling poverty and protecting people from harm.
- Opportunity: Building a fair, green and growing economy.
- Community: Delivering efficient and effective public services.
Our communication with Government and policy work in action
Please see below communications we have had with officials to share the industry’s opinions, updates and recommendations, as well as our commentary on current policy discussions.
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Members will be informed about relevant policy work directly by Joe Hind, our Policy Manager. If you are not a member but have any questions, please contact Joe.
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Industry news & views
Get the latest news, views and updates from Scotland Food & Drink, and from all across the food and drink industry.
Old Town Italian restaurant wins three coveted restaurant awards.
Over 350 guests from across the French food and drink industry came together in Paris last night (30th November) for a special ‘Scottish Islands’ themed St Andrew’s Day event, hosted by Dame Menna Rawlings, Ambassador and Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands.
The artisan Highland Chocolatier in Highland Perthshire has won once again at the International Chocolate Awards, proving anew that Iain Burnett and his team have the ingredients for global greatness.