Date lodged: 27 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages people in the Scottish Borders to eat locally-sourced produce.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 2 November 2017
We are committed to supporting the growth of local food throughout Scotland. Our Food and Drink Marketing Advisory Service – Connect Local - recently hosted the successful Discover the Taste of the Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh event to encourage the development of new trading relationships and increase the sale of local food and drink through independent retail outlets and seek to increase the use of local food and drink on menus in the region.
The industry-led food and drink strategy - Ambition 2030 – will deliver key commitments to promote locally sourced and produced food and drink. These will include the creation of regional Showcasing events across Scotland and the launch of a Regional Food Fund to give local producers a new opportunity to access support to generate greater interest in their produce and region. Our Programme for Government also outlines a commitment to develop a national food tourism action plan over the next year which will have a drive to promote local produce and extol the virtues of our quality and provenance at the very heart of it.