Scotland plans Scottish Food Commission
The creation of a Scottish Food Commission is the centre piece of Scotland’s latest discussion document – Becoming a Good Food Nation – unveiled this week, as part of the country’s plans to develop a food and drink policy. FoodManufacture.co.uk story.
Scotland unveils six-point plan to become a “Good Food Nation”
Increasing access for everyone to good quality food to improve Scotland’s diet and food culture will be the top priorities of the ambitious next phase of the Scottish Government’s food and drink policy. Scotland’s food and drink sector has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth – with industry turnover and export targets smashed years early – since the first Scottish National Food and Drink Policy, Recipe for Success, was launched in 2009. Now the Scottish Government aims to build on that success with Becoming a Good Food Nation, a discussion document that seeks views on how to improve Scotland’s relationship with food. Click Green story.
Study finds food hub would create 25 new jobs, provide $2.7 million for Douglas County community
City of Lawrence and Douglas County officials seem to agree that it’s a great way to build more markets for local farmers and provide local food to the community. Now, a state funded study proves a food hub could be just what the area needs. With grants from USDA Rural Development and the Kansas Health Foundation, the Douglas County Food Policy Council conducted a study to determine if a food hub could exist in our area. The results supported the idea. 6News Lawrence story.
‘Village shops outperform supermarkets’
Community-owned shops are often performing better than major supermarket chains, says a rural review of the sector. Launched by the Plunkett Foundation on Friday (20 June), the study says 2013 was another good year for the community shop sector in the UK. Trading performance of established shops continues to grow with like-for-like sales growth at 1.9% outstripping that of major supermarkets for the third year running, it says. Plunkett head of frontline James Alcock said: “We’re continuing to see the community shop sector grow with 17 shop openings in 2013.” Rural Services Network post.
Cork puts best bib on for artisan food showcase
Take one celebrity chef, several local food producers, a handful of food start-ups, add a sprinkling of major retailers and the public to taste — and mix. A huge artisan food forum, the first of its kind, will take place in Cork later this month as part of a new drive to boost the food sector in Cork and Kerry. The event is organised under a partnership between the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) in Cork and Kerry, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Bord Bia and SuperValu. Irish Examiner story.
Hampshire Food Festival celebrates local produce
Organised by Hampshire Fare, the food festival is a series of different food-based events taking part throughout July which gives the public opportunities to meet their local producers and learn about how food is made locally. ‘We represent 130-odd producers in all kinds of produce including farmers, cheesemakers, vineyards, breweries and jam-makers. Some of our producers work at home, some are in commercial premises and some are big producers in their fields. Portsmouth News story.
East Bristol baker cycling 300 miles on bread route from Cornwall to Somerset
Baker Alex Poulter is to cycle 300 miles from Cornwall to his East Bristol Bakery in Easton on the West Country route of his bread’s ingredients, ready to prepare a loaf for the Bristol Food Connections festival. Taking the concept of food miles to a new level, Mr Poulter hopes his journey will “build the dialogue” about the roots of our everyday foods. Once back at his bakery on St Mark’s Road, the 28-year-old artisan baker will bake a loaf for the festival. Western Daily Press story.
Fresno Food Expo shows off new products
Cotton candy wine, chocolate-covered pistachios and dried dark sweet cherries are just a few of the Valley-made products competing for new-product awards at the Fresno Food Expo. The awards are divided into two categories: the People’s Choice Award and the Buyer’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced at the food expo next month. Products in the running for the awards range from newly created wine and spirits, including a sweet potato vodka, to “value added” foods such as black truffle flavored almonds. Others competing were familiar foods in new packaging, such as a squash sauté kit with three squash packaged with seasoning. Fresno Bee story.
Business Owners Propose Urban Farm, Greenhouse Facility
Downtown Wilmington may see a little more green due to a brainchild of two Cobblestone Café owners. Breana Jossey and Michael Greczy are in the planning stages for Via Nova Farms, a seven-story greenhouse and urban farm, according to a press release. The project, to create a vertical hydro and aquaponics urban farming facility, is in the early stages of planning, officials said. Under the proposal, consumers and businesses would be able to purchase food on site as well as place wholesale orders. The plan for the project is bringing affordable local produce to Wilmington. Greater Wilmington Business Journal story.
Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?
The seafood industry, it turns out, is a great example of the swaps, delete-and-replace maneuvers and other mechanisms that define so much of the outsourced American economy; you can find similar, seemingly inefficient phenomena in everything from textiles to technology. The difference with seafood, though, is that we’re talking about the destruction and outsourcing of the very ecological infrastructure that underpins the health of our coasts. New York Times story.
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Welsh campaign reaches Sahara Desert
THE “Help Cut Food Miles…Buy The Welsh One” message already promoted by the Farmers Union of Wales by a variety of events at the Welsh Assembly, the House of Lords and the European Parliament has now cropped up in a very unlikely location — the middle of the Sahara Desert. Farmers Guardian story. Farming UK story.
Tesco Future Farmer applications open
The search is on to find the agricultural entrepreneurs of the future. Supermarket giant Tesco has opened the second application window for its Future Farmer Foundation, which will see young farmers take part in a 12 month programme. They will get first-hand experience of business planning workshops which will guide them through the process of creating a robust business plan. The youngsters will also have access to Tesco’s online Producer Network, where over 2,000 producers and suppliers already network, share best practice and ideas and access expertise from industry leaders. Farmers Guardian story.