Aquajuice makeover

Calypso Soft Drinks, part of Cott Beverages, has updated its pack design for Aquajuice – its range of healthier still water drinks. Following a review of its growing ‘school compliant’ portfolio, the company has launched the new designs to appeal to the foodservice and education sectors. Aquajuice Juicy Water packs have a completely new look […]


SFDF calls for closer collaboration

Businesses and educators must work even closer together to equip Scotland’s future workforce with the right skills if its food and drink industry is to continue to thrive. That was the key message at a Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) reception at the Scottish Parliament last night. Senior representatives from Scotland’s food and drink […]

Scotch beef set to return to US

Preparations for a formal audit visit by US inspectors as part of a bid to get Scottish red meat back into the US market are well underway. Food Secretary Richard Lochhead is keen to see Scotch beef make its way back across the pond during Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. He says, “Scotch beef […]

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Europe urged to consider dairy

Scotland’s rural affairs secretary, Richard Lochhead, has called for the UK government to raise the plight of Scottish dairy producers at next week’s European Council meeting. Scotland’s dairy sector is currently facing severe market difficulties caused by global volatility in the price of milk, which has seen the price of four pints fall as low […]

SOFHT celebrates 35 years

In 1979, the Society of Food Hygiene (SOFHT) was launched. Now, 35 years on, SOFHT has supported its members – gathered from all areas of the food supply chain, from retailers to manufacturers and suppliers – in a whole range of food related milestones. From the introduction of the Food Safety Act in 1990, BSE […]

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Scrapping of chief scientific advisor condemned

The presidents of four UK farming unions have criticised the decision by the European Commission to scrap the post of chief scientific advisor to the president. Professor Anne Glover, who has been in post since 2012, has confirmed she will be leaving the post at the end of January and the position will then cease […]

Food and You survey results

The latest FSA Food and You survey, which is published once every two years and provides information on reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues, has been published. This year it found that 51% of adults surveyed stored meat in line with FSA guidelines suggesting that up to half may store raw meat […]

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Scotland NDNS results published

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) results for Scotland have been published. This report provides combined results covering the period from 2008 to 2012 and allows key comparisons with the UK NDNS results which were published in May 2014. The Scotland report covers the same topics as the main UK report, including food and […]

Latest sustainable fish ratings revealed

The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) latest update of its sustainable seafood guide reveals continuing problems for wild caught Atlantic salmon. In England and Wales, the number of rivers assessed as meeting their conservation targets in 2013 was 30% compared to 53% the previous year. In Scotland, lack of appropriate management measures to prevent overfishing of […]


Scottish independence could affect Scotch Industry

Scotch companies are growing increasingly worried about the possible effects of independence on their sector. In its latest report Going Scot-Free, Rabobank looks at the possible impact a ‘yes’ win will have on one of Scotland’s leading industries. While some note that Scottish independence has the potential to boost the sales of Scotch, Rabobank believes […]

Glasgow’s first distillery in 100 years

The Glasgow Distillery Company has announced the opening of Glasgow’s first gin and single malt whisky distillery in more than 100 years. Drawing on the spirit of Scotland’s first licensed distillers, The Glasgow Distillery Company takes its name from Glasgow’s original distillery. Founded at Dundashill in 1770, the distillery was known, for a time, as […]

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Support for a Scottish food standards body

The creation of a standalone food standards body in Scotland has been supported by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee. The Food (Scotland) Bill proposes that the current Food Standards Agency in Scotland be replaced with Food Standards Scotland, which, in addition to regulating food safety, would also have a role in diet and […]


Scottish beef action plan welcomed

A 23-point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland’s beef sector has been unveiled by an industry expert group. The recommendations are contained in the Beef 2020 final report, published this week. The report, which was produced by a short life industry group, chaired by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren at the request of […]


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