One of Scotland’s newest regional food groups, Lanarkshire Larder, has been awarded funding from Scotland Food and Drink and North and South Lanarkshire Council to create this new industry group for Lanarkshire. The award is part of a new national £250,000 fund backed by the Scottish Government to support the ongoing development of Scotland’s regional food groups.
Lanarkshire Larder is a membership organisation consisting of local food and drink businesses who want to raise awareness of the Food and Drink industry in the region. The group aims to boost awareness of the breadth of the quality local produce whilst making it more accessible to a wider public. Raising consumer awareness of the regional specialties and assisting tangible sustainable business opportunities to the local food and drink economy is also key to their work.
Increased demand for locally sourced food and drink produce has provided opportunities for small, local food businesses that are able to communicate clear messages about their origins and supply chain traceability.
Lanarkshire as a region has one of the most diverse food and drink landscapes in Scotland with producers ranging from St Brides Poultry, Carmichael Estate, Macduff Beef to smaller producers such as Chocolat Blanc, The Scottish Tea House and five small gin distilleries.
Lanarkshire Larder wants the local Lanarkshire community to know where their food comes from and how it affects their health, the environment, and the local economy. The group also aims to support and expand the local food and drink industry to operate in increasingly sustainable ways, protecting the local and wider environment.
With the closure of shops and hospitality over the last 18 months as a result of the ongoing pandemic, many businesses have had to pivot their offering and peer to peer support has been much sought after. As a result, Lanarkshire Larder will also develop a networking platform for local food and drink businesses.
Selina Cairns, Chairperson for Lanarkshire Larder and director of Errington Cheese, said: “Until recently, Lanarkshire was one of the few regions in the country without a regional food group despite being home to some of Scotland’s best-loved food and drink brands and a thriving network of small producers. We’re very happy to have the backing of both South and North Lanarkshire Councils behind the food and drink industry and we plan to push it to the forefront of the agenda. This is a huge area of importance for economic growth and development for the region and we’re proud to represent the very best Lanarkshire has to offer.”
Ultimately, Lanarkshire Larder's vision is for Lanarkshire to be recognised as one of the leading Regions in Scotland for high-quality and sustainable food and drink produce, and to raise awareness of the local food and drink offerings.
To find out more about Lanarkshire Larder, please visit www.lanarkshirelarder.com