Date lodged: 9 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has made of spending on food and drink in each local authority area.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 February 2018
Direct investment and support to the food and drink sector in Scotland from the public sector equates to approximately £100 million per annum across a range of areas including skills, education, research, industry development, standards and capital investment. This funding is provided on a national basis, and is therefore not broken down by local authority area.
Information by area on awards made by the Scottish Government to support capital expenditure in the food and drink industry through the Food Processing Marketing and Co-operation Grant scheme, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, and the European Fisheries fund can be accessed at the following website links:
Connect Local, Scotland’s Local Food and Drink Advisory Service, funded by the Scottish Government provides support to build connections between local producers and entrepreneurs, micro-businesses and SMEs by offering specialist advice for enterprises with limited experience of marketing local food and drink. In doing so it works to improve communication within the supply chain to help deliver stronger working practices between suppliers, processors, sellers and consumers. The service is available across Scotland and anyone seeking advice should visit https://connectlocal.scot/