SCOTTISH food and drink producers have been awarded a share of £160k of funding for sustainable projects as part of an industry-wide commitment to net zero.
17 businesses from across the country have secured the funding from the Scottish Food & Drink Net Zero Challenge Fund for collaborative projects with Scottish universities to accelerate their journey to net zero. Primary producers, manufacturers and hospitality businesses were among funding recipients with projects with eight different academic institutions.
The fund aims to encourage businesses to take action on their environmental impacts in a meaningful way by partnering with world-leading experts and academics in engineering, manufacturing, biotechnology and data science that Scotland is blessed with.
Launched by Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and Interface in October 2021, the Net Zero Challenge Fund is a key initiative of the Scottish Government-backed industry Recovery Plan.
Jennifer McLachlan, Strategy & External Relations Senior Manager, said:“Congratulations to the recipients of the Net Zero Challenge Funding. Our industry-wide goal to reach net zero is ambitious, but by working closely with colleagues in academia, it is within our grasp.”
“Food and drink businesses of all sizes have a role to play and innovation, like we’ve seen from the businesses receiving this funding, is happening across the sector. Reducing our carbon footprint isn’t just good for the environment, but it’s increasingly becoming a demand from consumers, retailers and wholesalers, so businesses need to adapt. Thankfully Scotland is already a leader in sustainable food production and with focused, collaborative efforts like the Net Zero Challenge Fund, we can protect both the planet and our bottom lines.”
David Thomson, Chief Executive Officer at Food and Drink Federation Scotland, added:
“It is vital that the whole supply chain works together to deliver net zero food and drink products on our supermarket shelves. I was delighted to Chair the Scotland Food & Drink net zero taskforce which set out our industry’s ambition to work together to achieve that.”
“Food and drink businesses across Scotland want to play their part – funding initiatives like this is a great start to helping businesses on their journey to net zero.”
Fiona Houston, Founder and SeaEO at Mara Seaweed said: “Seaweed absorbs around 50% more carbon than the tropical rainforest in its growth cycle; but as a company, we want to ensure that our manufacturing process is net zero so that we can fulfil our goal of offering the market products that are truly good for planet health and human health, end to end.
“The Net Zero Challenge Fund will allow us to ensure that we lower our carbon footprint on our processing while significantly improving our productivity and capacity so that we can scale our business and reach new markets. It’s a win-win for the environment and us as a business.”
|Annandale Distillery||Edinburgh Napier University|
|Matugga Distillery||Heriot-Watt University|
|Ardgowan Distillery & Briggs of Burton||Heriot-Watt University|
|Arbikie Distilling Ltd||Heriot-Watt University|
|Kilimo IoT Ltd||Robert Gordon University|
|Caledonian Seaweeds Ltd & Seaweed Generation Ltd||James Hutton Institute|
|Aurora Sustainability Group||University of Aberdeen|
|Highland Coast Hotels||North Highland College, UHI|
|Grown Agritech Ltd||University of Aberdeen|
|Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd||University of the West of Scotland|
|Kinkell Farm Microgreens & Market Garden||James Hutton Institute|
|Mara Seaweed||Edinburgh Napier University|
|Blackthorn Salt||Edinburgh Napier University|
|Soltropy Ltd||Heriot-Watt University|
|Sutherlands of Portsoy||University of Aberdeen|
|North Uist Distillery||University of Highlands and Islands|