New service supports Scottish suppliers hit by Covid-19 restrictions

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Scottish growers and suppliers who supply to the foodservice and hospitality sector and have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus restrictions, can use a newly-launched service which aims to connect them directly with consumers.

Created by the industry body, Scotland Food & Drink, the supportlocal.scot platform allows consumers to browse suppliers and search by product type and location and suppliers of all sizes can sign up to the service.

UK Market Development Director at Scotland Food & Drink, Lucy Husband, said the platform would help businesses to reach new consumers whom, research showed, were still keen to source local produce. “In this incredibly difficult time for so many people, food and drink producers have shown resilience in their ability to innovate and adapt.”

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said: “It is vital that we all do what we can to support Scottish businesses.”

Expressions of interest from suppliers to join the network should be sent to Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink at fiona@foodanddrink.scot. For further information, please visit: www.supportlocal.scot.