Food Matters In Scotland

25 Mar

Food Matters
I’ve mentioned before that I’m sent more food news from Scotland than I am from Wales, just not sure where the logic is there. Anyway here’s an update from the Scottish Government for you:
The Food Commission are to consider how a network of local good food champions could help to encourage the sourcing and selling of locally produced, in-season food in their areas. This suggestion has been
welcomed by Food Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Food Nation – Our Vision:
By 2025, people from every walk of life, will take pride and pleasure in
the food served day by day in Scotland. An increase in Scottish food
exports will attract overseas visitors and the quality of the food we
serve will become one of the key reasons to travel to Scotland. Everyone will know what constitutes good food and why.
All players in Scottish life – from schools to hospitals, retailers,
restaurants and food manufacturers – will be committed to serving such food. Its ready availability will have contributed to improvements in children’s
wellbeing and hence outcomes.
Scottish suppliers will have developed their offer so that local increasingly equals fresh, healthy and environmentally sound. The most intractable dietary-related diseases will have begun to decline as will the
environmental impact locally and world wide of our food consumption. The food industry will be a thriving well-known feature of local and national economies, with each part of Scotland rightly proud of its culinary heritage, past and present.

Well this is another topic I’ve been raising with wag food for years and it’s a regular topic in Welsh Country magazine. If you eat out in Wales, as a rule you just don’t know what you are eating. Some establishments have got it spot on but others can’t be bothered and even if you ask the waiter
what cheese is on the cheese board, he’s then got to go and ask chef when cheeses should be listed on the menu. But my gripe is that all cheeses in Wales should be Welsh. There’s no doubt that Wales has the most wonderful selection of cheeses to choose from at varying price levels. Cheese is just an easy example but we should all try to eat Welsh food and drink. People will not travel to Wales for our Welsh food and drink until the Welsh Government, Visit Wales, our many local councils etc. have got a Welsh food & drink marketing programme in place. As things stand at the moment I don’t think Wales has a workable, productive plan, there are exceptions of course such as the Brecon Beacons National Park who work closely with accommodation providers. But if BBNP can do it ,why can’t others? For the future, I’m not sure Wales has a strong enough plan at present either. I’m one of those that will politely ask questions when I’m eating out, but many others cannot be bothered. So I don’t expect customers to fuel the change as it will be a long job to change this apathy from some eateries and locals too.

Perhaps the Welsh Government is primarily working on exports
and planning lots of foreign trips abroad, which I’m sure they’ll enjoy, but what about the home market? Shouldn’t the home market have been tackled until we get it right? I’m confused as to why this seems to have been, in my view, neglected? Need I remind readers that our Welsh Government backs and supports Scottish whisky in the Senedd……………?


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  1. Tez

    March 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

    You’ve have said Scotland are always ahead of Wales
    and if we are sellling their whisky in the Senedd they seem to be miles ahead there too.
    PLeased at least Scotland talks to you!

  2. BOW

    March 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Well in my experience it doesn’t seem that the Welsh government is putting food first here. They are basically paying lip service to it but continue to waste money.

  3. Jenny

    March 31, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Food matters in Scotland but here in Wales our politicians and civil servants simply pay lip service to it.
    I struggle to understand why both these lots of people can’t talk to us and find out what is bothering us.
    There are quite a few calls for a union and that seems to be our only way through this ongoing nightmare.

  4. Foodie2

    March 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I wont tell you about the whole section on the Aldi website dedicated to food from Scotland then, in case your blood pressure blows a gasket……

  5. Parrot

    April 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Sadly I already know how large that section is but please don’t worry Levercliffe are focused on POUNDLAND
    so all is right in the Welsh world of food – I think not!!!

  6. BOW

    April 1, 2015 at 11:30 am

    You keep opening these cans of worms and I admire you for that BUT you are trying to change a bunch of civil servants and politicians who have an interest only in looking after their own jobs and simply go through the basic motions of their jobs that we pay for.
    That’s how I see it and as you been knocking you head against this wag wall for years, you must accept that you cannot change this lot, they are passed improving no matter how clearly you highlight their mistakes.

  7. Parrot

    April 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Whilst we have food and drink prodcuers advertising and supporting us I will NOT accept that there’s no hope for change.
    If everyone had that attitude, we might as well all be civil servants and I don’t want to be a civil servant and I guess you don’t either!

  8. Cup Cake

    April 2, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I’m not stupid but I can’t work out what right wag food have to be so arrogant and can continue to ignore this website and all the comments that have been put on. Why is that?
    It’s because food and drink producers don’t matter, they pay lip service only to us.
    I only know of a couple of food producers who know any of the staff in wag food. Producers wont ring wag food, should the phone be answered, as they’ve no wish to talk to them, because trust is lacking and wag food are so judgemental. After the way Kath in particularhas been bullied we’ll certainly not follow her lead and question wag food. This bullying has just made the situation worse.
    I can’t see how this problem will ever improve, as arrogance seems impossible to eradicate in the civil service.
    Kath you are totally wasting your time and wish I could move my company to Scotland.

  9. BOW

    April 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    It’s unfair that food doesn’t seem to matter in Wales.
    All we get is words and more words and little action from wag food, what a shambles this is.
    A list of food festivals guess will arrive in a couple of months when much time is lost for marketing and promotion.
    This cannot go on, but how can we change it?
    Is a union the answer?

  10. Jez

    April 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I go along with others – if only food and drink was important to Wales but all we get is talk and more talk