Our Policy Work in Action - Latest updates

Members will be informed about relevant Policy Work directly by Joe Hind, our Policy Manager. Non-members can sign up to our Key Issues Update, where key policy updates are shared. Businesses are also welcome to connect directly with Joe at -



Letter to Deputy First Minister - Scottish Government Budget 2023/4

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Consultation on the new Scottish Agriculture Bill - Letter to Cabinet Secretary

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Scotland Food & Drink's Response to the Agriculture Bill Consultation

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Co-signed Letter to Minister Regarding DRS and Smaller Producers and Low Volume SKUs

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Scotland Food & Drink Report into Potential Impacts of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

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Our Policy Work in Action - Previous updates

Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) Industry Update – November 22

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Autumn Statement – Alcohol Duty: Letter to the Chancellor of Exchequer

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Letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy offering input around the review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme

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Letter to Deputy First Minister of Scottish Government about Costs Crisis and Emergency Budget Review 


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Letter to the (now departed) UK Prime Minister outlining the priorities for Scottish food and drink businesses 

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Letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy requesting continued support towards energy prices for food and drink businesses

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Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

We have had dialogue with senior officials and the Minister responsible for the scheme and continue to work alongside other trade bodies to seek much needed changes to make it workable ahead of the proposed launch date. See the briefing we sent to MSPs, below:

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Read the associated table of asks below:

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HFSS (High Fat, Salt, Sugar)

We responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation and sent a cover letter to the Minister to outline our concerns about the proposals, which are the wrong measure at the wrong time.

Download the cover letter here

Download the HFSS response here


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