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30 August 2019

Scottish Government urged to support food and drink companies during turbulent times

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Ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government's Programme for Government, David Thomson, CEO of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, said:

“This is a pivotal and precarious time for Scotland's vital food and drink industry. Worryingly there is less than 10 weeks before the UK leaves the EU, and there is still not a deal in place. This uncertainty has caused food prices to continue to rise. This is due to a weak pound and an increase in our manufacturers costs for warehousing, stockpiling and logistics.

“The Scottish Government must focus on supporting food and drink companies during these turbulent times. We urge Ministers to scrap plans to introduce marketing and promotional restrictions on food and to pause any consultations that will impact our food and drink supply chain.

“Over the past 10 years the Scottish Government has been a key partner in our industry's ambition to grow and thrive. This has been spectacularly successful. We ask, in these incredibly difficult times, that the needs of the industry are understood and prioritised in the lead up to Brexit.”

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Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at: kirsty.ritchie@fdfscotland.org.uk, or 0131 222 8040.

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