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Scotland unveils vision for food and drink future

While Defra procrastinates over the release of its 25-year plan for Food and Farming, Scotland is forging ahead with its own food and drink industry vision.

The industry-led ‘Building on Success: Deepening Collaboration, Food and Drink in Scotland’ report sets out a number of recommendations for how the country’s food and drink sector can grow and prosper.

Recommendations include a greater focus on new product development, a new industry wide skills development plan, better collaboration between the public and private sectors, and greater promotion and marketing of Scottish produce overseas.

“This [report] has been borne from excellent partnership working across the industry and public sector, but neither can stand still and become complacent – we must stay ahead of the game and one step in front of our competitors,” said Scottish Food Secretary Richard Lochead, who commissioned the report.

Lochead added: “I wanted to see the actions we need to take, collectively, to build on our remarkable success and make Scotland the best country in the world to run a food and drink business.”