Date lodged: 9 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support and encourage growth in the food and drink sector as a means of promoting and developing tourism.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 17 June 2016
The Scottish Government recognises that food and drink is an important part of the visitor experience in Scotland, and is working in partnership with the food and drink industry leadership organisation, Scotland Food and Drink, to help increase the value of the food and drink sector and to build Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink. The Scotland Food and Drink partnership are now developing the 2017-30 food and drink industry strategy to continue to support the growth and reputation of the sector.
In 2015, as part of the Year of Food and Drink led by VisitScotland, there were a number of initiatives that set out to inspire the people of Scotland and visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder; these included food and drink event funding and the establishment of four food trails. We are continuing to promote the ‘Taste Our Best’ accreditation award, delivered through our partnership with VisitScotland, which is currently held by over 1,000 businesses, and helps customers to identify restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes that serve quality locally sourced food and drink.