Fife Council has approved a new Food and Drink Action Plan that is set to boost the sector in Fife.
A new Action Plan has been approved by Fife Council, designed to support and develop Fife’s food and drink businesses over the coming years, and to boost growth locally, nationally and internationally.
The funding follows a recent study undertaken by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team, which revealed that the food and drink sector has a major impact on the health of other sectors, such as manufacturing, retail and tourism, and is a significant contributor to rural communities.
The food and drink sector is key to economic growth in Fife, and the new Action Plan, is set to untap potential and provide a significant boost to the local economy.
Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “The Council and its partners are committed to building on Fife’s strengths and will work with national agencies, including Scotland Food & Drink, to promote Fife’s food and drink capability."
“The new Action Plan will ensure that business support is available from Fife Council and its partners to ensure that Fife’s food and drink companies – of all sizes – are fully supported.”
Fife Council Economic Development budget has been allocated to support this plan. Access to Digital Boost programmes and Business Gateway Fife Expert Help services, as well as financial support from initiatives including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are available to the food and drink sector. In fact, some have already benefited from the funding, having attended UK-wide exhibitions and events, funded by Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme.
A Learning Journey, consisting of six businesses, attended Packaging Innovations 2019, whilst a range of producers including The Little Herb Farm, St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese and Puddledub, exhibited at ScotHot, with almost 300 enquiries gained during the two-day event.