Scotland has delayed their Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) until 2024. Source: Terri Lee-Shield Photography/Getty Images

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) delayed until 2024

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) has been delayed. The scheme, which had been due to start in August, will not now begin until 1 March 2024. The delay is proving controversial, with many campaign groups speaking out against it. However, some drinks...

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Scotland’s haggis makers heartened at prospect of US breakthrough

By Oliver Morrison

The UK’s international trade secretary, Liz Truss, is pressing the US to end its ban on haggis imports as the two countries negotiate the terms of a trade deal. It’s a big if, but should the ban be lifted it presents exciting opportunities for a product...

A group to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the beef industry has been set up in Scotland (Getty)

Scottish beef climate group created

By Aidan Fortune

A new group that will examine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the beef sector has been set up in Scotland.

Aldi develops new sustainable sourcing method for beef

Aldi develops new sustainable sourcing method for beef

By Aidan Fortune

UK discount retailer Aldi has launched a new way of sourcing fresh Scotch Aberdeen Angus Beef that is hoped will provide a long-term, economically sustainable solution for farmers, processors and retailers.


Seafood Scotland launches blueprint for growth

By Oliver Morrison

Scotland’s seafood industry unveils a blueprint for “growth that is equitable and profitable, with the entire supply chain, from sea to shelf, pulling together for success”.

Is exporting live slaughter animals ethical? The practice has been brought into sharp focus recently

Brexit: Scotland opposed to livestock export ban

By Oscar Rousseau

The Scottish Government has warned Westminster it will not ban livestock exports, amid rumours UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to outlaw the controversial practice.

NFU Scotland is calling on milk purchasing companies to immediately increase the price being paid for milk from farmers following the upward trend in prices. Pic: ©iStock/Liquid_Light

NFU Scotland says milk buyers ignoring higher prices

By Jim Cornall

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is calling on all Scottish companies purchasing milk to immediately recognize the strength of current dairy markets and return Scotland’s dairy farmers to profitable production.

Quality Meat Scotland will be present at this year's Anuga trade show

Scotch Beef and Lamb highlighted at Anuga

By Aidan Fortune

The Scottish red meat industry will be showcasing Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI in Cologne, Germany at the world’s largest food trade fair at Anuga. 

Seaweed follows in the footsteps of 'global trailblazer' Scotch whiskey

Could Scottish seaweed be the next Scotch whisky?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Scottish seaweed industry seems set to boom as the country's government prepares an expansion policy and company Mara Seaweed seeks over €700,000 to take its condiments global.

ICA visited farmers and processors in Scotland last month

Scots strike retail meat deal in Sweden

By Georgi Gyton

Products under the Scottish assurance schemes Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI will be available on the shelves of supermarkets throughout Sweden, thanks to a new supply deal.

scottish skills gap number one threat

Scottish skills gap 'number one workforce threat'

By Niamh Michail

Growth in Scotland’s food and drinks industry relies on close collaboration between businesses and schools, said the Scottish Food and Drinks Federation (SFDF) at a Scottish Parliament reception.

Scotch Whisky Association presses ‘Yes Scotland!’ for currency clarity


Scotch Whisky Association presses ‘Yes Scotland!’ for currency clarity


Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) CEO David Frost warns that a lack of clarity over an independent Scotland’s currency could hit exports, supply chains, pricing and competitiveness in the multi-million dollar industry.

10,000 new Scottish food and drink jobs

10,000 new food and drink jobs on cards, says Bank of Scotland

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Investment and growth in Scotland’s food and drink sector will see around 10,000 new jobs created in the region, according to a Bank of Scotland report just a month before the region is set to vote on independence from Britain.  

The Westminster government has been urged to enforce the mandatory fortification of bread and flour with folic acid across the UK

Call for UK-wide folic acid fortification

By Rick Pendrous

The government at Westminster is being urged to press ahead with mandatory fortification of bread and flour with folic acid across the UK in a bid to reduce neural tube defects in foetuses.

The Scottish government pledged to end 'the scourge of misleading information' about the origin of food

'We'll make food labelling clearer': Scottish government

By Michael Stones

Consumers in Scotland will receive far clearer information about the origins of their food, the Scottish government has pledged, after launching a new partnership yesterday (February 11) to deliver that promise.

Scotland has poorest diet in UK


Sweet tooth Scots: Scotland has poorest diet in UK

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

According to new government research Scottish people consume more fizzy drinks and sweets and eat less fruit and vegetables when compared to the UK average.

Scotbeef promoted in China

Scotch Beef gains Hong Kong deal

By Line Svanevik

Scotch Beef PGI has been launched at a major premium Hong Kong supermarket’s flagship store, as a result of a Scottish visit to HOFEX earlier this year.

The Scottish government is seeking to define the new food body's scope

Scotland seeks to define scope of independent food authority

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The shape of a new Scottish food body is set to be sketched out following a consultation period opened last week on the responsibilities and functions of an authority separate from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

First Milk eyeing expanding Asian dairy markets

First Milk eyeing expanding Asian dairy markets

By Mark Astley

UK dairy processor First Milk has set its sights on the rapidly expanding market for dairy products in Asian countries such as China, after identifying demand for British cheeses.


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