Welcome to Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2021

Scotland’s food and drink landscape may have shifted since the beginning of the year but our ambitions remain, proud of the outstanding products being reared, grown and manufactured on our doorstep.

The industry is alive with passionate and talented people, long-established brands and young, innovative businesses who have adapted quickly, taking the challenge in their stride. They are at the heart of why Scotland’s reputation for food and drink remains unmatched and why our appetite for buying Scottish remains unequalled. Now, more than ever, we’re seeing a real and tangible pride in our food and drink.

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is an annual celebration of the best Scotland’s food and drink sector has to offer, from every corner of the country.

Let’s shine a spotlight on our fantastic industry and remind people why it’s so vital to support Scottish food and drink.

Supporting Local

This year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight took place between 5 – 20 September and we wanted to encourage more people than ever to source, buy, eat and promote Scottish food and drink.

We thank you and your business for being part of the nation’s biggest food and drink celebration. You joined us in amplifying the importance of supporting our local food and drink, recognising the suppliers, products and people and celebrating the hard work, determination and innovative ways our industry has adapted to the global crisis

By doing this, we’ll further fuel the demand for local produce, building a stronger food and drink economy and growing our reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

Join in the celebration

Be part of the nation’s biggest food and drink celebration

Scotland is a Land of Food and Drink.

From the North Highland’s artisan smokehouses to Arran’s cheesemakers and Fife’s buffalo farms, local producers are selling
incredible produce all across the country, every single day.

This year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight ran from 4 – 19 September and showcasing the entire industry in
all its glory. We took a ‘virtual tour’ of our food and drink producers, while also looking
forward to the opportunities ahead.

Celebrate Scottish

There are plenty of ways in which you can continue to celebrate Scottish and below you’ll find just a couple of suggestions.

  • Shout about your Scottish products via your communication channels
  • Tell customers your story – your people, your products and your local area
  • Introduce new products or suppliers and celebrate them
  • Collaborate with retail or foodservice business customers to highlight Scottish produce
  • Plan virtual events and tastings
  • Run competitions

Discover the Support Local Directory

The Support Local directory connects consumers with food and drink producers from around Scotland. From bread to beer and fish to fresh produce. We are encouraging people to shop local and support businesses in their local area.

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Join the Support Local directory

The Support Local directory was born from the need to support local businesses through the unprecedented disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, to help direct consumers to new ways of buying Scottish, through shopping directly with their local businesses.

The appetite of the Scottish public to support their local food and drink businesses has been clear to see since Coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March. Every Scottish region and every sub-section of the industry is represented, giving consumers a fantastic choice and the opportunity to sample new products or support their favourite brands.

It is free for businesses and signing up could not be more simple.

Are you a Supplier or Wholesaler? Find the application form here.

Are you an Independent Retailer or Hospitality Business? Find the application form here.

Please make sure you read the criteria before submitting your application. Any questions can be directed to food-directory@foodanddrink.scot

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📢Report from Scotland’s food security taskforce published.
The findings of the taskforce, set up jointly with industry, respond to any potential disruption to food security, resulting from Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Find out more➡️https://tinyurl.com/2msw32sx

Early-stage producers 📢 Sign-up for Seeding Growth to gain an in-depth understanding of:

💫Business planning
💫Marketplace insights
💫Product development
💫Supply chain management
💫And more

Apply now: https://bit.ly/3oOGoBH

The news release on the Food Security & Supply Taskforce is here
👉 https://www.gov.scot/news/safeguarding-food-security/

A copy of the full, government/industry report is here
👉 https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-life-food-security-and-supply-taskforce-report/

Thanks to @scotgov for quick action & industry who contributed.

This is just the start.