Home sources now make up half of Scotland's public sector food procurement

Nearly 50 per cent of the food and drink served in Scotland's public sector organisations is now Scottish, new figures show.

Richard Lochhead MSP - image:Scottish Government
Richard Lochhead MSP - image:Scottish Government
Public sector food and drink procurement contracts were worth £150 million in 2009/10, with Scottish products representing 48 per cent of all food and drink purchases by value.

Scotland's rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has called on more schools, hospitals, councils, prisons and government organisations to use Scottish produce – to improve quality as well as bringing economic benefits.

He said: "These figures suggest around £20 million of expenditure has been kept in the Scottish economy just by choosing Scottish produce. There’s a real business benefit – both in terms of driving up stands of the food being served and supporting local producers."

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