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Business / Food and drink trailer project scoops more funding

Rural affairs and islands secretary Mairi Gougeon (left) with Shetland Food and Drink members. Photo: Dave Donaldson/Scotland Food and Drink

A SHETLAND Food and Drink trailer which aims to showcase local produce on the road has received funding from the Scottish Government.

It is one of 42 projects to receive a share of £200,000 funding from the regional food fund.

Grants of up to £5,000 were made available to “stimulate creative, innovative and collaborative projects”.

The recipients of the funding scheme were announced by rural affairs and islands cabinet secretary Mairi Gougeon during a visit to the Shetland Livestock Marketing Group building in Lerwick on Thursday.

“This funding underlines our continued commitment to this important and exciting sector and I am delighted to see the involvement of such a diverse range of projects,” she said.

“A combination of Covid-19 and Brexit have dealt a significant blow to many of our high-quality food and drink producers and recognising this, we doubled the initial funding to £200,000 to help more projects.”

The Shetland Food and Drink trailer is ready to be used, and it has already received funding from other sources.

It is equipped for preparing, cooking and sharing local produce, and it will be available for hire by Shetland Food and Drink member businesses and community groups.

The trailer can be used as an event, demonstration, retail, educational and pop-up catering facility.

Shetland Food and Drink manager Claire White said the funding “enables us to wrap the trailer with appealing Shetland branding, establish operational policies and processes, and user test the trailer at local events”.

“This soft launch process will hopefully get this brand new collaborative initiative off to the best possible start, delivering sustainable results to everyone involved longer term,” she said.