Food and drink

When the Covid-19 crisis hit last March, our weekly food shop hit a roadblock. With supermarkets struggling to keep up with customer demand, we took a local detour.

Taking the scenic route forced us to slow down, appreciate what’s on our doorstep and take time to discover the farm shops, markets, makers and producers right under our noses.

An initiative to help drive projects that celebrate locally sourced and produced food and drink has reopened for applications.

Bird keepers in Scotland are reminded to maximise biosecurity and keep their flocks housed after avian influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in a flock of approximately 14,000 mixed gamebirds on a gamebird rearing premises in Leven, Glenrothes.

Laboratory results of samples taken from the flock have identified the strain as highly pathogenic in poultry. In order to limit the further spread of disease, appropriate restrictions have been imposed on the premises.

Additional advisers will be appointed to help provide seafood businesses with support on new paperwork and processes following the end of the EU Exit Transition Period.

SAOS Conference 2021 "SAOS's A-Z for a Bright Future"

SAOS are embracing embracing technology and running their 2021 Conference event online, which gives a great opportunity to reach out to more of you than ever, and share their work and ideas. If you’ve not made it along in person to their conference before, now is the perfect time, there's no travel required and your ticket is free!

A new 12-point action plan will support Scotland’s ambition to be a world class fishing nation and ensure responsible and sustainable fisheries management.  

In a quest to uncover Scotland’s hidden food heritage, people across Scotland are being asked to rummage in family recipe books, to dig out photos of food events, and to share recommendations of local produce for a new research project called Food Heritage Scotland.

Introduction to Seed Saving in Scotland Online Course

Seed production training courses for 2021 - enroll now –

With the Seed Sov programme planning for another 3 years, an ambitious seed training programme will be rolled out in Scotland over two years. These courses aim to train seed savers in Scotland to a professional level. The focus is primarilly on vegetable seeds and specifically for Scottish growing conditions.

Wholesale food and drink businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are to be supported through a new £5 million fund.

Galloway Beef will be the centrepiece of festive dinners across Scotland this year as Aldi champions Dumfries & Galloway’s iconic native cattle breed with the launch of a trio of Scotch Galloway Beef joints in all 96 of its Scottish stores.  The backing for Galloways by Aldi has been described as ‘transformative’ by the Galloway Cattle Society, and the start of a process the Society hopes will ultimately lead to Galloway Beef becoming widely recognised as a premium brand.