The £850 000 grant just announced to Douglas Laing & Co. for their Pacific Quay distillery is just part of a much larger amount being invested in food and drink producers. Thirteen companies will receive between them, £3.5 million as part of the Scottish Government’s push to further develop this lucrative part of our economy. You’ll know from previous pieces that we already produce 28% of UK food and drink exports with only 8% of the population. After independence with exports to rUK included, our food and drink exports will be huge. This is new, extra funding on top of the £5.8 million already announced in June.
Manufacturers included are Kettle Produce (not the crisps but vegetables from Cupar), the delightfully-named Kat Roger’s Artisan Dairy, Kelburn Brewing Company and Glenrath Egg Products.
One thing’s for certain, we’ll no starve.