Highland Good Food Partnership aims to raise awareness of the quality food and drink being produced throughout the region
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A newly formed regional food group has secured funding to champion sustainable local produce.
Highland Good Food Partnership is made up of local producers and other businesses with an interest in the sector and aims to raise awareness of the quality food and drink being produced throughout the region.
The funding boost from Scotland Food & Drink will allow it to support and grow food and drink businesses in the local area over the next 12 months, delivering on strategic projects to develop a resilient food network which embraces diversity and engenders collaboration and action.
The money come as part of an extension of a national £250,000 fund announced in September last year to support the ongoing development of Scotland’s regional food groups.
So far, the funding has benefited 17 other groups across the country by building an active network of regional ambassadors who work in conjunction with local authorities to promote regional food and drink tourism strategies.
Highland Good Food Partnership is the latest regional group to secure funding support.
Partnership member Emma Whitham said: “The Highlands is a region bursting with passionate producers, retailers and hospitality owners who are proud of their local heritage.
“However, local businesses are sadly fighting for survival after a challenging year and it’s become vital that we offer support and help them rebuild from Covid-19.
“Resilient local food economies are imperative to the overall wellbeing of any region and with the Highlands being home to some of Scotland’s finest produce, it’s our mission to get more of our food and drink on local dinner tables.”
Fiona Richmond, head of regional food at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Regional food groups like Highland Good Food Partnership have a pivotal role to play in the successful growth and development of our country’s food, drink and food tourism sectors, especially in the recovery from Covid-19.
“With a combination of both long-established groups, those which are more recently formed, and some which are brand new, Scotland’s diverse mix of regional food groups all have energy, ambition and a commitment to championing their areas.
“Our aim is to build a strong network of groups and give them the recognition and backing they deserve.”
Scotland Food & Drink aims to achieve £17 billion turnover from food and drink sales within the UK by 2030.
For further details on Highland Good Food Partnership visit here.