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"This is really good news for Clydesdale, which has a well deserved reputation for its quality food and produce".

Clydesdale’s MSP, Aileen Campbell, has reacted positively to the Scottish Governments announcement that £2.5 million is to be made available over three years to support initiatives that put a spotlight on Scotland’s outstanding natural produce.

The Scottish Government is working in collaboration with SRUC - Scotland’s Rural College - to set up Think Local, an initiative to deliver targeted support and advice to local food companies, networks and communities.

Plans are also being progressed for the National Food & Drink Forum, a diverse body that will bring together a broad array of experts from industry, health and environment and wider society to advise government on the strategic direction of its approach to food and drink, with a remit to put forward practical solutions.

Aileen said:

"This Think Local announcement is really good news for Clydesdale, which has a well deserved reputation for its quality food and produce. It should provide some real opportunities

for enhancing the sector.

"As a nation, we have made great strides over the past five years in how our food and drink is perceived, backed up by soaring exports. But it is also important that Scots have access to the delicious and nutritious local food, which is a particular challenge during these tough economic times. I know this is one issue the National Food & Drink Forum will be examining.

"Think Local will also include a £1.5 million Community Food Fund, which will deliver funding to a wide range of projects - such as local food marketing, food tourism, farmers markets, food festivals and events.

"In Clydesdale we have a fantastic range of fine food and drink right on our doorstep, with more and more Scots realising the excellent quality and taste that local producers deliver. But we can always do more.

"Think Local will help champion local food, by supporting projects and events in this area and across Scotland, to the benefit of consumers and the industry alike".

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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